Like a lot of people,. Fort Lupton baseball coach Jackie Campbell is hoping for warmer weather.Unlike others, Campbell wants the warm weather so his Bluedevils can get outside for practices. That's not been the case for much of the early part of the season. That and the fact some of the multi-sport athletes just finished their winter sports seasons and haven't been able to practice."We need to be more aggressive, but they haven't seen enough live pitching," Campbell said. "That's been the problem in either gym (the FLHS gym or Butler Elementary). We haven't been able to get out and face live pitching. That makes it harder."Lyons' Lions turned back Fort Lupton 13-4 in six innings March 16. The game was called because of darkness."We started out well but got into trouble walking batters," Campbell said. FLHS pitchers issued 17 walks against the Lions. "That's what hurts. The boys are embarrassed. But they fought back."FLHS loaded the bases in the fourth inning and scored one run, thanks to a passed ball. FLHS' Hunter Harris poked a two-run double in the fifth to score Donovan Birmingham and Domonic Chavez. Harris scored on a Lions' error. FLHS loaded the bases in the sixth inning, but Lyons relief pitcher Wyatt Waters struck out the side."It was a mixed bag," Campbell said. "A lot of guys who hadn't played or played other sports .. this is their first time on the field. I'm proud of them. We're going to take spring break, come back fresh."Campbell likes the senior class that dots the roster this spring."Zavion (Zavion Chavez), catching. Manny (Manny Sandoval) pitching. He had a rough start. That's his first outing," Campbell said. "We have a good group of guys. We're not game ready yet. But we will be."FLHS starts the post-spring break part of the schedule with a record of 0-2."We showed we had character. We didn't quit, and everybody's freezing," Campbell said. The game finished in a light drizzle. "I'm very proud of them for that. We'll get better. I promise you that."
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