Heading into their second-to-last series of the year, the Lakeview Softball Lady Honkers knew they needed to have a strong finish as the state playoffs are steadily approaching.
On Friday, May 10, the Lady Honkers faced off against Burns in a doubleheader.
After a scoreless top of the first, the Lady Honkers got down to business sending 15 to the plate in a nine run inning, highlighted by a two RBI triple and single from Carmelina Arredondo and RBI’s from Alyson Yates, Emily Philibert, Harley Dick and Ryanne Culbertson.
Arredondo continued her hot hitting in the second inning as she cleared the bases on her second triple of the game, after Lakeview drew three straight walks. RBI’s from Karly Thomas, Shelby Davidson, Cara Albertson and another two run double from Arredondo helped Lakeview build a 22-0 lead after just two innings. The offense continued in the third inning, with Harley Dick’s two run double and an rbi single from Victoria Alves. Albertson’s two out two run double in the fourth inning gave the Lady Honkers a commanding 31-2 victory in a game called in the fifth inning due to run rule.
In game two, it was Burns that came out firing, building an 11-0 lead as the Lady Honkers struggled offensively with most of their starters resting in the second game. In the second inning, both Yates and Thomas reached base with two outs, but Dick struck out to end the threat.
Head Coach Sam Damuth put in his starters in the bottom of the third and the offense started clicking as Davidson led off with a single, scored on an RBI triple from Zoe Suba who would score on a fielding error by the catcher. Chloe Harmon was hit by a pitch and Arredondo followed with a two run home run to center as Lakeview mounted their comeback trailing 11-5 after an RBI single from Hannah Suba. Poor defense from Burns plated four more runs in the fourth inning as Lakeview pulled within two. Harmon pulled Lakeview within a run on an RBI double and she scored the tieing run on a throwing error by the shortstop. Emily Philibert’s RBI double pulled Lakeview ahead 12-11 and five of the next six batters reached base via the walk. Lakeview’s aggressive base running on wild pitches pushed the lead to 17-11 as Albertson and Philibert hit back-to-back two run doubles as Lakeview rallied to win 21-11 in a game also called in the fifth inning due to the run rule.
Lakeview began the week with a tough 9-3 loss to Bonanza on Tuesday, May 7, but the Lady Honkers have already clinched a playoff spot in 2A/1A special district five.
Lakeview closed out their regular season on Monday, May 13 at Illinois Valley and will await their playoff fate as rankings will freeze this week.