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Present prevails over future in match-up between rivals

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Stopped in time, Langtree Charter Academy catcher Nick LaBarca applies the tag to a sliding Pine Lake Prep’s Tate Allison to deny a run during the two teams’ third meeting of the season.

The present collided with the future on the local high school baseball field Monday afternoon.

The present prevailed.

Pine Lake Prep faced off against cross-town neighbor Langtree Charter Academy in a late-season, last-second scheduled rematch finding each entry putting different motives in place.

For Pine Lake’s Pride, the affair allowed it to continue to keep preparing for their anticipated appearance in the upcoming statewide postseason portion of play that is on track to get underway later this month.

As for Langtree Charter’s Lions, it was yet another outing o allow its predominantly underclass roster to receive some additional on-the-field experience in order to improve its outlook for the next season’s play.

As perhaps expected, Pine Lake – already assured of securing a playoff invited – posted a 13-3 triumph that also earned the Pride their third win of the season over the rival Lions.

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The same two teams had also squared off during the course of a regular season home-and-home series as part of play taking place in their same PAC-7 Conference ranks. Pine Lake’s Pride swept the set on their way towards crafting no worse than a second-place finish in the league ranks that is rewarded with a coveted playoff berth.

Langtree Charter was unable to avoid dropping a third straight decision to the familiar foe during a season in which a roster consisting of only one regular contributing senior continues to eye room for improvement.

Pine Lake used the combined pitching performances put forth by Gage Childers and Tate Allison to limit the Lions to the three early runs on six hits while striking out seven.

Offensively, the Pride unloaded a pair of home runs to support its cause. Consecutive at-bat homers hit by Sam Brochetti and Nash Chelcun served to fuel the charge.

Tate Allison topped the team’s hit chart with his three hits, one of them good for a double, while Brochetti and Chelcun each collected two base knocks. Carson DeQuick, Tanner Allison and Owen Lally added a base hit apiece to the account.

The appearance came in the first of multiple appearances on tap for both teams.

Pine Lake closes out the regulation phase of its play when traveling to take on non-league foe North Stanly before learning of its postseason status over the upcoming weekend.

Langtree Charter completes the PAC-7 Conference portion of its play to also draw its regular-season schedule to a close when facing off against Queen’s Grant in a home-and-home series set that ends on the Lion’s home field on Friday evening.

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