The Lakewood softball team hosted the Ferndale Golden Eagles to close out the regular season on May 8.
The Cougars got off to a quick start as they shut down the Golden Eagles in the top of the first inning while scoring a run in the bottom of the same inning. They continued to extend their lead as they kept the shutout over the next two innings while putting up three more runs on the scoreboard. Lakewood entered the fourth inning up 4-0.
In the fourth inning the Cougars exploded in a dominant performance, as they kept the shutout and scored 11 runs in the bottom of the inning. With an enormous 15-0 lead, Lakewood was able to end the game early while recording the win. With the victory over Ferndale, the Cougars capped off a 14-game win streak and set the school’s new regular season record of 17 wins.
“We’re a defensive team, we rely on shutting teams down and we’ll take the clutch hits when we can get them. Throughout the season and moving forward we think we can compete with anyone that we go against. Districts will be an exciting tournament and we’re hoping to be one of the three to make it to State,” said Lakewood Head Coach Travis Boortz.
Lakewood’s two pitchers RileyMae Swanson and Olivia Poulton had huge games from the mound and at the plate. Swanson, sophomore pitcher, finished with three innings pitched with seven strikeouts. She also went perfect at the plate going 4-4, two singles, two doubles, two runs and two RBIs. Poulton, senior shortstop and pitcher, came in to pitch two innings with two strikeouts, as well as earning two singles, two runs and two stolen bases.
The Cougars also had big contributions from Ashtyn Falor, Abby Freeman, Natalie Krueger and Riley Molloy. Falor, sophomore catcher, had two hits, one single, one double, two runs and one RBI. Freeman, sophomore center fielder, went perfect at the plate going 2-2 with a walk, single, triple and two RBIs. Krueger, freshman second baseman, tallied one single, a walk, two runs, one RBI and a stolen base. Molloy, senior left fielder, also finished with one hit as she had one single, a walk, one run and two RBIs.
If you want to support the Cougars their next game will be against the Cedarcrest Red Wolves in the first round of the 2A District Tournament. The game will be held on May 15, at 4 p.m., and played at the Janicki Fields.