Lakeridge softball keeps streak going after spring break
The Lakeridge softball team saw some drops trickle through early on Monday, but the Pacers broke the dam with a five-run flood in the sixth inning to beat David Douglas 7-0 at Lakeridge High School.
"We were doing well before the break, and this was a big win that lets us continue our streak," said Lakeridge freshman Holly Beeman, who hit a three-run triple in the decisive sixth inning.
"My whole team is very strong, and it's easy to feed off their energy," said Lakeridge pitcher Mackenzie Nelson, who scattered four hits and struck out seven in the win.
With the victory — the team's fourth straight after taking spring break off — Lakeridge improved to 5-2 in non-league play, while David Douglas lost its second straight contest and fell to 3-6.
After the two teams combined to strand eight runners over the first two innings, Lakeridge got on the scoreboard in the third when Anika Bjornson curved a single toward right field that touched down just inside the foul line for an RBI single.
The Pacers added another run in the fifth on Emily Paulson's sacrifice fly to right field after a dropped third strike on the previous batter kept the inning alive.
Lakeridge took its 2-0 lead into the late innings, but had left 11 players on base.
Despite those shortcomings, the Pacers secured the victory in the sixth when Summer Mickey walloped a one-hopper off the center field fence for a leadoff double. A walk and a hit batter loaded the bases and set the stage for Holly Beeman's three-run triple into the left field corner.
"I went up there knowing I just needed a base hit to get some momentum going," she said. "That hit allowed us to build some energy and the game became more fun."
And she came home several pitches later when sister Kathryn Beeman knocked a pinch-hit single through the middle. Paulson then capped the scoring spree with another grounder into center field for the final run.
The Scots had their chances early with Lilly Center knocking a single to center field in her first at-bat. She scooted around to third base, but Mickey caught a pair of fly balls in right field — chasing the last one into foul territory — to end the threat.
In the second inning, David Douglas' Sarah Henry drew a leadoff walk but a pair of strikeouts from Nelson stranded her at second base.
After that, the Scots failed to get a runner past first base over the final five innings. A double play ended the third, and the Scots went down 1-2-3 in the seventh.
"The first couple innings are always tough for a pitcher, as you find your spots," Nelson said. "But I was able to get the curveball working and fastballs inside."
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D. DOUGLAS 000 000 0 — 0 4 1
LAKERIDGE 001 015 x — 7 8 0
Total bases — DD Lilly Center 2, Keller, Slossar; LAK Holly Beeman 3, Summer Mickey 3, K. Beeman, Bjornson, Nelson, Opferman, Paulson. LOB — DD 6, LAK 13.