Lakeland spotted Westview a 2-0 lead, the rolled to an 8-3 NECC softball victory over its county rival last Thursday evening in LaGrange.
Hannah Witham and Karis Brewer each poked RBI singles in the top of the first inning to stake the Lady Warriors to the early advantage. The lead didn’t last long, however, as a run-scoring double by Ashton Miller and a sacrifice fly off the bat of Jill Mingus in the bottom of the initial frame knotted the count at 2-all.
The Lady Lakers took a 4-2 lead with two runs in the third, one coming home on a Mingus double. Lakeland put the game away with four tallies in the fifth. Bailei Aldrich plated two of the runs with a single. Paige Gust and Abby Bustos also knocked in markers.
Gust scattered five hits, walked two and fanned seven en route to her second pitching victory of the campaign. Westview starter Annie Sharick took the loss.