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Lakewood defeats Mount Baker, 4-1


Andrew Hines

Jenna Melton catches another strikeout for the Lakewood Cougars at Lakewood High School, on April 13.

The Lakewood Cougars softball team matched up with the Mount Baker Mountaineers on April 13.

From the very beginning the Cougars got off to a strong start as they shutout Mt. Baker and scored two runs in the first. In the second inning, the Mountaineers answered back with a run of their own and seemed to be looking confident.

Unfortunately for Mount Baker, their one run in the second would be their only score of the game. Behind an incredible day from the mound, the Cougars managed to only allow one run through seven innings. Lakewood put up two more runs through the third and fourth innings, finishing with a final score of 4-1.

"Kassidy [Millar] throws hard and lifts our team a lot, because without pitching it makes it hard to battle out there. She's only a freshman but she has a lot of experience locally as well as nationally. She's very competitive and still has that freshman goofiness, but we love that about her," said Lakewood Head Coach Travis Boortz.

Millar dominated the mound from the first pitch through the last. She pitched a complete game, seven innings, while only allowing one hit, one run and accumulating an incredible 16 strikeouts. She also helped on the offensive end as she had one run, two RBIs, a stolen base and a double.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's Kassidy Millar ends the first inning with a strikeout against Mount Baker at Lakewood High School.

Two other players contributed heavily, making plays in the infield as well as producing offense from the plate. Jelly Perry, shortstop, and Jenna Melton, catcher, came up big for the Cougars. Perry went two for four while adding two runs, a stolen base and a triple. Melton went perfect from the plate, going two for two and added an RBI and two stolen bases.

"We're looking at one game at a time. We don't like to look farther than tomorrow and just try to get better each and every day. We've got some veterans on the team, but we have a lot of new ones too. We're just getting better and we'll see what happens," said Coach Boortz.

If you want to attend the next home game for the Lakewood Cougars, they will be going up against the Bellingham Red Raiders on Thursday, April 20, at 4 p.m.


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