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Mid-season streak boosts Sanderson baseball.

cgrant@newsobserver.com

Sanderson’s baseball team rattled off six straight conference wins after spring break to leap into first place in the Cap Eight standings.

The Spartans’ streak came to an end Tuesday in a 2-0 loss to Wake Forest-Rolesville, but left the team still at the top of the league trailed by

Broughton and Leesville Road.

“I’m very happy with where we’re at,” said Sanderson head coach Todd Laughlin.

“We’ve worked hard to get here. We lost two close games the first round of conference games, and we’ve done a great job this second round.”

The loss to Wake Forest-Rolesville was the first time Sanderson had been shut out all season.

While the Spartans don’t lead the conference in runs scored, they win games with defense, allowing a league-best 3.6 runs per game in conference play.

“Our pitching’s been excellent all season, and our defense has been keeping us in ballgames,” Laughlin said.

“We stress those two big parts of the game because you have nights when the bats go cold, and that’s what happened tonight.

“We tip our hats to Wake Forest,” he said.

“They did everything they needed to do and made some good defensive plays, and you know that’s baseball.”

Sanderson wraps up the conference season Monday hosting Broughton at 7 p.m.

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