By Mike Monahan
MATTOON –Lake Land, the No. 20 team in the NJCAA Division I rankings, extend its winning streak to 22 games after sweeping Highland Community College, 4-2 and 13-5, on Friday in non-conference contest and taking care of Frontier College on Saturday, 9-1and 13-5, also in a non-conference doubleheader.
Lake Land (26-4) will play host to Southwestern Illinois College in a Great Rivers Athletic Conference contest, Tuesday in a doubleheader starting at 2 pm.
On Friday against Frontier, Rachel Kaufman picked up the win in the first game allowing just four hits and one run with 13 strikeouts in six innings. Marama Makea had three hits, while Tyanna Graber had two hits and drove in three runs and Kyrsten Darrough drove in two runs for the Lakers.
Makea and Scheitler had three hits to lead the Lakers in the 13-5 second-game win, while Mackensie Brown and Darroughdrove in two runs apiece.
Claire Maulding had three strikeouts in three and a third innings, while Tori Haug pitched two and a third innings.
Against Highland Community College on Saturday, Kaufman picked up s otter win for Lake Land, throwing all seven innings and allowing four hits with 12 strikeouts.
Makea and Scheitler had three hits each with Scheitler driving in all four runs.
In an error filled game with a total of 11, including four by Lake Land, it was a five-run fourth inning that put the Lakers in control, 9-3.
Graber had four hits and Makea had three, while Darrough drove in three runs for the Lakers in the non-conference contest.
Haug had three strikeouts in four innings, while Claire Maulding had four strikeouts in two innings.
Lake Land baseball drops two to Wabash Valley
MOUNT CARMEL — Lake Land’s baseball team dropped a pair of Great Rivers Athletic Conference games to Wabash Valley College, the No. 2 team in the nation in Division I of the NJCAA, Saturday, 6-4 and 12-2.
The Lakers are 11-10 overall and 1-5 in the GRAC and will play host to Wabash Valley, 21-2 overall and 9-1 in the GRAC, Sunday in a doubleheader starting at noon.