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Seniors put Hornet baseball on the map

By By Marty Stamper/The Meridian Star
May 16, 2001
HAMILTON – Unlike most high schools in this part of the state, Lake High School hasn't had a baseball program for very long.
But if the upcoming years are anywhere near as exciting as the last two have been, expect the program to be around for a long time.
Over the past two years, Lake has won 63 games while losing only 18.
Not bad numbers for any team, but mighty impressive when you consider Lake didn't even have a baseball program when this year's seniors were in the fourth grade.
In the last two seasons, Lake has won a Class 1A state championship in 2000 and finished state runner-up in 1A to Hamilton this year.
There's quite a few programs that have been around 40 years or more that don't have that much to show for it.
A lot of that pride was directed toward Lake's six starting seniors n Jason Massey, Jake Nester, Craig Martin, Eric Gunn, Lee Dooley, and Allen Lanier.
Tullos, who was head coach at Lake on last year's state championship team and assistant coach on this year's Hamilton state championship team, had mixed emotions following Tuesday night's 6-0 Lion victory.
Several Hornets sought out Tullos in the mob scene following the trophy presentation to offer their congratulations.
Goodman made his mark on the Hornets this year, but credited those before him for building a winning tradition in such a short time.
This year's senior class won't accept anything less from future Hornet teams.
Marty Stamper is a sports writer for The Meridian Star. E-mail him at mstamper@themeridianstar.com.