Lady Lakers taste victory by snagging 12-10 win over Patriots|
Hard work paid off at White Lake Tuesday.
Dusting off its cleats and refusing to back down despite an early 11-1 loss, the Lady Laker softball team snagged a 12-10 victory over visiting Goodman-Pembine to capture its first win in three seasons.
“Overall I was impressed with the girls’ performance on the field,” coach Ellie Kanke said. “They fought back from a tough loss in the first game and were able to score a win in the second.
“They should be very proud of themselves for the effort they put forth,” she added. “I hope they can take this positive energy to the next game and build off of it.”
The coach cited smart play as a key to the victory.
“We focused on aggressive base running in the second game and it payed off,” she said. “Goodman/Pembine’s pitcher was off and we were able to take advantage of it. We stole a number of bases on passed balls.”
Down 10-2 heading into the bottom of the third inning, White Lake scored five runs to cut the gap to three. Holding the Patriots at bay through the fourth, the Lakers scored another five in the final stanza off four walks and RBIs by Cassie Deisinger and Dani Kubacki to steal the win.
“The girls kept their head in the game and played smart which ultimately resulted in us scoring 12 runs on zero hits,” Kanke said.
Elizabeth Schulz and Sam Wickersheim shared pitching responsibilities from the mound to earn the win. Together they gave up only four hits and seven bases on balls.
“Both girls threw hard and I was impressed with their performances,” their coach said, giving additional credit to freshman Dani Peters who “stepped it up at shortstop making a number of tough plays.”
Game one started just the opposite with a lackluster performance resulting in the early 11-1 loss.
Tallying four runs in the second inning, Goodman-Pembine tacked on one in the third, five in the fourth and one in the fifth to claim the win. Megan Schewe crossed home plate for White Lake’s only run in the fourth.
“The girls excitement level was lacking and they were defeated before they even stepped on the field,” Kanke explained. “They played flat-footed and made a couple crucial errors that would have gotten us out of a bad inning.
“They started to pick it up in the fifth,” she added. “They were playing on their toes and working together as a team. Luckily we were able to bring that positive energy into our second game.”
Abby Heisted started as pitcher but after struggling in the fourth, Schulz stepped in for relief. Together they gave up 13 walks and three hits. Heistad fanned two on strikes.
Kubacki had the the Lakers’ only hit.
White Lake will travel to Phelps on Thursday.
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