Lakeland tuned up for its battle with Fairfield in the NECC softball tournament final by splitting a pair of make-up games with Westview and Wawasee on Saturday.
Key hits by Kizzie Trinh and Ashlynn Grubb boosted the Lady Lakers to a 2-0 triumph at Westview in an NECC contest. Trinh’s second-inning safety brought home Jill Mingus, who doubled to lead off the frame.
The score stayed 1-0 until the top of the seventh, when Madison Campbell came around on a two-out double by Grubb. Campbell had reached base on a fielder’s choice and then stole second base.
That proved to be enough support for Grubb, who gained her eighth pitching win of the campaign by scattering three hits and striking out 12. Stephanie Mowery, Rachel Johns and Olivia Miller had the Lady Warrior safeties off Grubb.
Lakeland returned home in the afternoon to take on Wawasee. The Lady Warriors broke up a 2-2 tie with five runs in the second inning, then got a three-run homer from Kylee Rostochak in the third and went on to take an 11-7 triumph.
Rostochak finished the game with four hits and five RBI. Teammates Ali Ousley and Madi Anderson also collected four hits.
Mingus went 3-3 for the Lady Lakers with a double and two RBI. Grubb wound up with two hits and three runs scored. Campbell, Karissa Troyer, Morgan Meyers and Laken Detwiler each had one hit.
Lakeland fell to Fairfield, 6-1 in the quarterfinals of the NECC baseball tournament last Thursday night in Benton.
The Lakers took a 1-0 lead in the second when Hunter Sams’ single plated Austin Keckler. The Falcons responded by scoring three times in the third, then padded their lead with a single marker in the fourth and two runs in the fifth.
Winning pitcher Brad Lantz gave up just two hits, walked four and struck out six. William Kelly took the loss, whiffing two and walking two.