Lakeland won its third straight Bremen softball tournament title in dramatic fashion Saturday afternoon, scoring four runs in the top of the eighth inning to finally dispose of the host Lady Lions, 4-0 in the championship game.
Ashlynn Grubb’s two-run double was the big hit for the Lady Lakers in the eighth inning. The clout was the fifth safety for Grubb on the day, giving her 49 hits for the season, setting a new Lakeland record.
Jill Mingus doubled home in Grubb for the third run of the rally, while Carolyn Hershberger’s single brought in Mingus. Abby Bustos and Lauren McKibben began the frame with singles.
Prior to blasting home the go-ahead runs, Grubb was busy mowing down the Bremen hitters at a record rate. The junior hurler ended up fanning 21 Lady Lions, breaking her own school mark of 19 whiffs in a single game that she set earlier this season. Mikayla Gardner had the only Bremen safety in the tilt.
Lakeland got past Westview, 3-1 in the first round of the tourney. McKibben tripled to lead off the bottom of the first and would score on Lexie Myers’ sacrifice fly.
In the third inning, singles by Myers and Grubb put Lady Lakers at first and second with no outs. After Westview pitcher Kaylene Kaufman got the next two hitters to pop out, Hershberger came through with a two-run single to plate both Myers and Grubb.
The Lady Warriors scored their lone run in the top of the fourth on an RBI single by Brooke Yoder. Amber Roth, who led off the frame with a single, came in on Yoder’s poke.
Grubb allowed three hits, struckout eight and walked three in notching the win.
Westview bounced back to whip Culver, 17-5 in the consolation game. Sam Pfenning had two hits and two RBI for the Lady Warriors. Roth also lined two hits, Kayla Yoder socked a two-run double and Brooke Yoder had two hits.