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Cougars top Mountaineers


March 28, 2018 | View PDF

Andrew Hines

Lakewood's freshman third baseman Abby Freeman connects on the bunt and gets the bases loaded at Lakewood High School on March 20.

The Lakewood girls softball team took on the Mount Baker Mountaineers on their home field on March 20.

From the first pitch neither team was able to put hits together in order to put up any runs on the scoreboard. Through the first three innings neither team crossed home plate, and the Mountaineers were the first ones to change that in the top of the fourth. The Cougars managed to keep them to one run and then answered immediately in the bottom of the same inning.

In the fifth inning, Mount. Baker managed to score two more runs in order to put them back on top. This was short lived as Lakewood scored five runs of their own in the inning. Over the next two innings the Cougars shut out the Mountaineers while scoring three more runs of their own. After the late dominant run, Lakewood earned the 9-3 victory over Mount Baker.

"Every game we are improving and fixing things as we see them. Five of our starters are freshmen and with that comes a big learning curve, but they are stepping up and producing results. Carmen Lopez] got the team going after the slow start and lit that fire under the younger girls, which was huge for us in the second half of this one," said Lakewood Head Coach Travis Boortz.

Andrew Hines

Lakewood freshman Riley Swanson gets a strikeout as she ends the third inning against Mount Baker at Lakewood High School on March 20.

Lakewood's freshman duo of pitcher Riley Swanson and catcher Ashtyn Falor took over for the team in their late stretch. Swanson had a great day on the mound as she put together six strikeouts to go with her five shutout innings. She also put up runs from the plate as she had two hits, four RBIs, a single and a double. Falor did her part on the defensive side of the late, but she also dominated with the bat in her hand. She went a perfect 3-3 with three hits, one walk, three RBIs, three runs two singles and a home run in the fifth.

The Cougars' only two seniors on the roster, Jelly Perry and Carmen Lopez, also played a big role with their leadership and ability to get on base. Perry had one hit, one walk, two runs and one single. Lopez went 2-4 with two hits, one RBI one run and two singles.

If you want to come out and cheer on the Cougars, their next home game will be against the Squalicum Storm on Tuesday, April 10, at 4 p.m.


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