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DALTON, Ga. - Matt Osbourn knew the seriousness of the situation. Tied at 3 with Southeast Whitfield in the top of the seventh inning Wednesday, the Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe junior came to the plate with two on and two out.

The usually-hot-hitting Warriors were floundering at the plate against the Raiders' crafty left-hander, Colby Cook, but here was a chance to win one they might shouldn't have. After working the count to 3-2, Osbourne came through with a two-run single up the middle as LFO escaped with a 5-3 Region 6-AAA win.

"I knew if I could do it, it would be real big," said Osbourn, a junior varsity player a year ago who is the team's primary designated hitter this year. "We weren't playing so good today, for whatever reason, so I wanted to come through. Once it got to 3-2 I knew he was going to throw me a fastball and I just hit it good."

The win came on a day when the Warriors (11-1, 1-0), who came in averaging 12 runs per game, managed only five hits against Cook. They also committed four errors and trailed 3-2 as late as the sixth inning. It was a game LFO coach Brad Langford was just glad to leave with a win.

"That was ugly all the way around," Langford said. "I can promise you, we didn't come in taking Southeast for granted. They're much improved and they came ready to play. On the positive side, I'm so pleased with Ozzie. He gets behind 1-2 and works the count to 3-2 and gets a fastball. Here's a kid who played JV last year who's hitting in the five-hole for us now and batting over .400."

The Raiders (5-6, 0-2) scored single runs in the first, third and fifth innings, the first two coming thanks to the lightning speed of leadoff man Michael Simpson, who was 2-for-2 with two stolen bases and two runs scored. Tanner McCutchen broke a 2-2 tie with a two-out RBI single in the fifth, scoring Bradley Grant, who had reached on a two-out error, stole second and reached third on a passed ball.

LFO scored the tying run in the sixth on Dylan Culver's RBI groundout, then used a one-out error and a two-out walk to Cody Commons to set the table for Osbourn's heroics in the seventh.

The runs made a winner out of reliever Matt Holden (4-0), who came on for a wild Cody Cox in the fourth inning and allowed only the unearned run in the fifth. Holden allowed the first two Raiders to reach in the bottom of the seventh, but an out at second on an attempted sacrifice and a double play got him out of trouble.

"We didn't play well, but Southeast is not a bad ball team," Holden said. "I just wanted to come in and throw strikes and they made some plays behind me and Matt got the big hit."

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