McKinney

Lakeside's Brett McKinney goes deep against Winchester and records LCA's first home run.

Lakeside Christian Academy’s baseball team headed south this week to compete in Disney’s Baseball Spring Training at the Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, Fla. The Falcons will be treated to a pair of games as well as practices within the beautiful complex through the week.

“Our parents and students raised a lot money this past year to save up for this trip, and it’s going to expose our program to some outstanding teams and facilities,” said head coach Rob Taylor.

The Falcons trip to the Sunshine State comes after the team split a pair of KCAA games last week.

In the first rematch since last year's KCAA championship game, Winchester Christian Academy scored a run in the seventh to nip LCA 4-3 Thursday night in Winchester. The Falcons made a comeback with pitcher/third baseman Brett McKinney providing the drama with a solo shot over the centerfield fence in the sixth inning to tie the game 3-3.

McKinney's shot goes down in the record books as the school's first official home run as Lakeside celebrates just its second season of varsity baseball. As just a seventh grader, McKinney was the starter and winner when he pitched LCA to the state title against Winchester last season. Ironically, it looked like LCA's eighth grade slugger was going to be Winchester's nemesis again on Thursday night after hitting the home run, but the Warriors stole some of that thunder by scoring in the seventh inning and taking the first head-to-head match up with LCA this season.

"Winchester has a solid team with about everyone back from last season," said LCA head coach Rob Taylor. "We made some mistakes in the field and it cost us early. Brett gave us a big lift with that home run."

Pitcher Jon Adkins was the hard luck loser (2-1). Meanwhile, the Falcons bounced back to drub the Trinity Titans 15-1 on Friday behind the five–inning no hit pitching effort by Brett McKinney. The only Titan run was produced by a walk, stolen base and eventually fielder’s choice. McKinney recorded nine strikeouts. The Falcons had strong plate appearances from Clay Barton, Seth Hall, and Jon Adkins in a big nine-run second inning. Lakeside is now 3-2 on the season.

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