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Lon Morris sophomore pitcher Brian Byrd delivers a pitch during the Bearcats’ scrimmage with Weatherford College Monday.

The collegiate baseball season is still several months away, but the Lon Morris College Bearcats and Weatherford College Coyotes got the chance to see their teams in action Monday as the two teams participated in a 14-inning scrimmage at the LMC baseball field.

“We have barely been out here a week as a team, so there’s no telling what’s going to happen,” LMC baseball coach Josh Stewart said. “ It’s really good to see other teams and to get some good work in and let these guys compete.”

Coyote coach Jeff Lightfoot agreed with Stewart and said the scrimmage gives his team the feeling of a real game.

“Inter-squad is brutal,” Lightfoot said. “You play each other and you don’t get a chance to really have the emotional factor involved. It gives you a chance to see what the other competition is like and how guys react to competition. You can’t really duplicate that in a practice setting.”

Although the two teams played 14-consecutive innings, Weatherford won the first seven innings 5-1 and Lon Morris won the second seven innings 4-3.

The Coyotes got on the scoreboard first by scoring two runs in the first inning and added another in the third to take a 3-0 lead. The Bearcats scored their only run of the first seven innings in the bottom of fifth, but Weatherford answered by scoring two runs in the top-half of the sixth inning, including a solo-homerun by freshman Ryan Braiser.

In the second set of seven innings, the Bearcats scored first in the first inning only to have Weatherford tie the game at 1-1, with a solo-homerun from freshman Cory Leedy. Lon Morris answered in the third with two runs and another in the sixth to build a 5-1 lead. The Coyotes came within one by scoring two runs in the top of the seventh, but the Bearcats held on to win the second set of seven innings.

Lightfoot said he was pleased with the way his team performed in the first seven innings.

“Overall, I was pleased,” Lightfoot said. “We pitched well and the first group played pretty good defense and we swung the bat OK.”

Stewart also said he was pleased with the Bearcats’ day, despite some mistakes.

“It’s still early and we are still kind of making some dumb mistakes. We really aren’t quite intense enough at the beginning of games and that showed up again today,” Stewart said. “As the day wore on, we got better and made some plays on defense. We didn’t throw as many strikes as we need to, but the guys were getting after it and I think we have a chance to score some runs, eventually.”

Lon Morris will travel to Mt. Pleasant to take on Northeast Texas Community College on Saturday.

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