By Mike Monahan
Lake Land, the No 18 softball team in the nation in Division I, continues to win.
No. 8 Lakers swept Kaskaskia College, outscoring them 26-5 across the two games Friday to extend their winning streak to 26 games.
Lake Land won 16-3 in a run-shorted game and 10-2 to improve to 30-4. Lake Land remains in first place in the GRAC at 14-0, three games ahead of second-place John A. Logan and Wabash Valley.
Lake Land had a total of 25 hits in the two Great Rivers Athletic Conference and Region 24 games.
Tyanna Graber, Kiara Cejkova-Kolaci and Taylor Warne had four hits apiece. Graber went 4-for-7 with two runs and four RBIs, Cejkova-Kolaci went 4-for-6 with four runs and three RBIs and Warne went 4-for-8 with three runs scored and a run driven in.
Marema Makea scored five runs, drove in two more and collected three hits as did both Krysten Darrough, who scored three runs and drove in four, and Kaitlyn Scheitler, who also scored three times.
In the first game, Lake Land’s top six batters were 12-of-18 with 12 runs scored and eight RBIs. The Lakers trailed 1-0 before scoring six in the bottom of the first and three more in the second to go ahead 9-1.
Rachel Kaufman (14-3) picked up the win, allowing three hits and two earned runs with five strikeouts and a walk. Tori Haug threw the final two innings and allowed two hits with three strikeouts.
In the second game, Lake Land led 3-2 after two innings before blowing the game wide open with a five-run third inning. The Lakers had 12 hits and no errors in the win.
Liz Titus, Scheitler and Carson Cole had stolen bases, while Cejkova-Kolaci had two triples.
Claire Maulding improved to 10-0 after allowing six hits and two runs and striking out three across three innings. She walked one. Kaufman, who threw the final three innings, allowed two hits and struck out six.
The Lakers will play at doubleheader at Olney Central College that starts at 2 p.m. on Thursday.
Lake Land baseball takes series vs Southwestern
The Lake Land baseball team split a Region 24 and Great Rivers Athletic Conference doubleheader Friday at Lake Field. The Lakers lost the first game 8-4, but bounced back to win 6-5.
Lake Land won the series, taking three games out of four. Lake Land won 8-2 and lost 13-8 on Thursday at Sauget at GCS Ballpark. The six-run victory also snapped a six-game losing streak.
The Lakers (14-15) will play host to John A. Logan in a doubleheader at noon Tuesday.