End of Season Wins Give Lions 22-8 Mark
   A rough thirty-game schedule left the 1969 Lions with an admirable 22-8 record. They posted a 9-3 mark in the Big Five Conference, but failed to repeat last year's BFC Championship.
   In the outfield for Leon were Glen Westberg, Tommy Kelley and Kerry Elliott. Infielders were Rick Givens, Jerry Lackey, Wayne Quinsey and Jeff Crooms. Buddy Forehand was the catcher while Marty Rice, Ronnie Keith, Mike Cook and Rex Blair pitched.
   The Lions won their first three, handily beating Jacksonville Wolfson twice. Leon suffered their first loss in a three game series with powerhouse Gainesville High. In a five game winning streak, the Lions shut out Godby and beat Class B State Champion, Florida High. They also shut out Rickards.
   The tide turned for the Big Red as they lost to Pensacola in the first of five straight defeats. The Lions fell to Pensacola, Woodham, Escambia, Rutherford, and Rickards before pulling out of the slump to win ten of the last eleven, with four shut outs.
   Top sluggers for the Lions were Wayne Quinsey, Marty Rice and Buddy Forehand. Quinsey and Rice had averages of .340, with Forehand posting a .309. The best pitchers were Rice and Ronnie Keith. Rice had a 10-3 record, while Keith posted an 8-4 tally. Rice also pitched one of the only no-hit shutouts in the conference when he skunked Escambia.

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1969 Baseball Squad
(First Row) Mike Cook, Meade Grigg, Joe Conklin, Rick Givens, Wayne Quinsey, Mike Givens, John Smit, Chuck Bush. (Second Row) Eddie White, Rufus Conyers, Bob Livingston, Mike Denny, John Ferebee, David Miles, Jerry Lackey, Buddy Forehand, Wright Harris, Rex Blair, Ronnie Keith, Marty Rice, Paul Howard, Ronnie Poppell, Jeff Crooms, Tommy Kelly, Glen Westberg. Not Pictured: John Engstrom.
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