The Lakeland softball team took three big steps toward securing the NECC regular-season championship this week by downing three of its closest competitors.
Lakeland and Concord split a varsity softball doubleheader Saturday in Dunlap.
Lakeland rallied to defeat Hamilton, 43-35 in NECC girls basketball action Saturday evening in Hamilton.
A three-run ninth inning propelled Lakeland past Fairfield, 3-0 and into the championship game of the Class 3A softball sectional being played in Benton.
DeKalb took both ends of a varsity softball doubleheader from Lakeland last Friday night in Waterloo.
Lakelandwent 1-2 in a trio of non-conference softball games over the weekend, bringing its season record to 12-9.
Lakeland held off Central Noble, 7-5 in NECC softball play last Thursday night in LaGrange.
Ashlynn Grubb fired a no-hitter with a school-record 19 strikeouts as Lakeland opened its 2012 softball campaign Monday evening with an 8-0 romp over visiting Wawasee.