Lake Land College’s softball team started the season off Friday morning with two games in Lafayette, La.
In game one, they saw a furious seventh-inning rally fall just short in falling to 11th ranked Blinn College 7-6, but bounced back defeating San Jacinto College of Texas in game two, 14-3.
In game number one, the Lakers got off to a quick start scoring three runs in the bottom of the first to match Blinn’s solo run and leading 3-1 after one inning. Frankie Izard and Katie Nicholson walked to begin the inning. Buc’s pitcher Reena Toomey was then able to get the next two outs on back-to-back fly outs to center field. Emmy Graver then stepped in and was able to take a 1-2 pitch to centerfield for a two-run scoring double. Abrienne Lee then took the first pitch she saw and singled to left, scoring Graver.
After a scoreless second, Blinn struck for four runs combined in the third and fourth innings. A Kali Husman error led to a run scoring in the third, cutting the lead to 3-2. In the fourth after getting the first two runners on, Laker’s starter Rachel Kaufman did her best to get out the jam recording back to back outs. Kaufman ran the count full against Samantha Rodriguez, before she was able to hit a triple to center field to drive in two runs, giving Blinn the 4-3 lead. The next batter struck out to end the inning.
Both teams scored a run in the sixth, while the Bucs pushed one more across in the top of the seventh, leading 7-4. Toomey was able to get the first two outs via a strikeout of Macy Clark and a Graver fly out to left. But Lee singled to right, as did Krysten Darrough to center, putting runners on first and second. Husman then drilled a 3- pitch to center field to score two runs, making it 7-6. A ground out to short, though, ended the game.
Graver, Lee, and Darrough each had two hits, with Graver scoring a run and Darrough two runs. Graver also led the way with two RBIs. Kaufman too the loss for the Lakers, throwing five innings, giving up eight hits and six runs, four earned. She struck out four and walked three.
In the second game, the Lakers again scored three runs in the first inning.
This time, the offensive barrage would not stop. After 11 more runs, the Lakers defeated San Jacinto College, 14-3.
Three walks for the Lakers by Izard, Husman, and Amaya Eubanks with outs sandwiched between them would give Lake Land the bases loaded with two outs and Kaitlyn Scheitler up. Scheitler would respond hitting a double to deep centerfield scoring Izard and Husman, while Eubanks scored on the throw back into the infield. Lake Land led 3-0 after one inning. After a scoreless second, the Laker offense really got going, with 11 runs over the third and fourth innings.
The Lakers would score five runs in the third – all with two outs. After Husman lined out and Nicholson grounded out, Eubank singled to center. Scheitler followed this up with a single of her own. Darrough then did the same, bring home Tyanna Graber who was pitch running or Eubanks. Clark was up next and brought in two more runs, Darrough and Scheitler on a single to right. This would up the lead to 8-1 after three innings.
San Jacinto scored two in the top of the fourth, curring the lead to 8-3. The Lakers half of the fourth started with Nicholson reacing on an error by the San Jac first baseman. Next Scheitler would walk. Darrough came up for the second straight inning and singled in Nicholson, making it 9-3. Izard would come up and get a single, to left scoring two runs, upping the lead to 12-3. The final two runs would come via a Husman double, scoring Gordon who had walked and Izard, making the game 14-3.
For Lake Land, Izard and Scheitler each reached base three times, as Izard went 1-2 with two walks. She scored two runs and knocked in two. Scheitler was 2-2 with three rbi and two runs scored, and walked once. Darrough managed to earn two hits as well with two runs scored and two rbi. Husman and Scheitler each hit a double. Clark earned the victory by giving up two hits, three runs, with two earned while striking out one in three innings after relieving Lee.
The Lakers return to action Saturday, facing Odessa College at 9 a.m. It will be the first of three games on Saturday.