Lake looks to close out district title

By ROBBIE ROBERTSON,

According to Lake coach Eric Neal, the Lake Lady Hornets are just now hitting their stride.

Lake won four more games this past week, including three division contests. Lake opened the week with a 8-1 win over Puckett and then run-ruled Scott Central 13-3. Lake then beat Union 12-1 on Wednesday and finished the week off with a 15-0 run-rule win over Newton on Thursday.

“I feel like we are just now starting to play like we are capable,” Neal said. “We are near the end and it’s time to get going. Taylor Duncan did a pretty good job of getting them out. For a team that’s not supposed to have very good pitching, one run in seven innings isn’t that bad. if we can score 12 in every game, we will be OK.”

Lake, now 16-6 on the season, will travel to Puckett on Monday and travel to Philadelphia on Tuesday in a contest with the 4-2A championship on the line. The Lady Hornets will host Sebastopol on Thursday to finish off the week.

Lake 12, Union 1

The game was scoreless after two innings before Lake broke through in the top of the third. JoJo McLemore reached on an error and scored on a triple by Taylor Duncan. She came home when the Union defense booted a Laurel Breland grounder to give the Lady Hornets a 2-0 lead.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Duncan reached when she was hit by a pitch. That opened up the flood gates as five out of the next six batters reached base safely and the Lady Hornets scored five runs to take a 7-0 lead.

The Lady Hornets added five more runs in the seventh and Union broke up the shutout with a run in the bottom of the seventh.

Lake had 13 hits in the contest, led by Reagan Clark who was 3-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs. Olivia Clay was 2-for-4 with two RBIs while Alana Edmonds and Kaytie Hillman were each 2-for-4. Taylor Duncan, Laurel Breland and Kate Gladney each scored two runs apiece.

Duncan got the start on the mound for Lake and picked up the win. She pitched six innings, scattering three hits and four walks while striking out two.

Lake 8, Puckett 1

Lake had 10 hits in the contest, led by Olivia Clay who was 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Hannah Wilkerson was 2-for-3 with a double while Jordan McLemore was 2-for-4. Reagan Clark had a double and scored two runs while Taylor Duncan and Landry LeBlanc each had doubles.

Duncan got the start in the circle and pitched all seven innings, giving up one run on one hit and two walks while striking out three.

Lake 13, Scott Central 3

The Lady Hornets scored early and often to take a five-inning, run-rule win over Scott Central on Tuesday.

Lake had 10 hits and drew five walks. Olivia Clay was 3-for-3 and had three RBIs while Laurel Breland was 2-for-3 with a double and scored four runs. Josie Gibbs was 2-for-3 with a double while Reagan Clark scored two runs and had three RBIs. Taylor Duncan also scored two runs.

Duncan started on the mound and pitched three scoreless innings and gave up just one hit. Kate Gladney pitched the final two innings and gave up three runs on four hits while striking out two.

Lake 15, Newton 0

Lake scored all of its runs in the first inning and cruised to the three-inning win.

Lake had 12 hits in the game as Hannah Wilkerson was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs. Alana Edmonds was 2-for-2 with two RBIs while Taylor Duncan and Olivia Clay were each 2-for-2 and scored two runs. Laurel Breland, Reagan Clark, Landry LeBlanc and Kaytie Hillman each scored two runs apiece.

Jordan McLemore pitched the first inning and struck out one and walked one while Olivia Clay pitched the second and struck out two. Kate Gladney pitched the last inning, getting three outs on six pitches.