The Lakeland softball team took three big steps toward securing the NECC regular-season championship this week by downing three of its closest competitors.
Monday night in LaGrange, Morgan Meyers’ one-out double in the bottom of the seventh inning scored the tying and winning runs in a 4-3 Lady Laker victory over Fairfield. The hit by Meyers capped a three-run rally that included an RBI single by Madison Campbell.
Fairfield had taken a 3-1 lead with a pair of runs in the top of the seventh. Danica Mast knocked in both Lady Falcon markers with a double.
Ashlynn Grubb fanned 14 Fairfield batters and walked one in logging the pitching decision over Mast, who whiffed six and walked two.
Coach Sherry Severson’s squad traveled to Eastside Tuesday night. Another dominating performance by Grubb (one-hitter, 13 strikeouts) and RBI singles by Jill Mingus and Paige Gust sparked the Lady Lakers to a 3-0 victory over the Lady Blazers, who also entered the tilt with a perfect NECC mark.
Grubb retired the first 17 Eastside batters and took a no-hitter into the seventh. Erin Stock doubled to break up the no-hitter and the Lady Blazers loaded the bases with no outs. However, a Gust throw to the plate for a force out and two Grubb strikeouts ended the threat.
Wednesday night in Angola, Ashton Miller’s two doubles and a single drove in two runs and helped boost Lakeland to a 6-2 triumph over the host Lady Hornets.
Mingus had two hits in the game, including a solo home run in the sixth. It was the ninth career homer for Mingus, giving her the school record in that department. Abby Bustos and Gust also delivered two hits.
Grubb scattered six hits, struckout six and walked two in picking up her 16th win of the campaign.
Lakeland, now 16-4 overall and 8-0 in the NECC, can clinch the league title with a win over Fremont Thursday night.