Lady Cavs stay hot

Published 10:38 pm Friday, May 6, 2011

Lakeland shortstop Crystal Treat checks the infield after snaring a liner in the fifth inning of Friday’s Southeastern District game against Oscar Smith. The Lady Cavaliers (7-8, 7-7) won for the fourth time in five games with a 13-3 victory.

Lakeland’s softball team made it four wins in its last five games Friday evening, battling inclement weather more than opposing pitching, for a 13-3 mercy-rule win over visiting Oscar Smith.

A chilly rain shower blew over Lakeland’s campus during the second, third and fourth innings but didn’t do anything to stop Lakeland’s offense or how the Lady Cavaliers have been playing all the way around for the last three weeks.

“I felt at the beginning of the season we’d hit the ball like this,” said Lakeland head coach Steve Wood. “We have a lot of good hitters and now that we’re hitting the ball well, our hitting’s winning ballgames for us.”

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On Tuesday, the Lady Cavaliers tallied a 16-5 win at Western Branch for a season sweep against the Lady Bruins.

Lakeland broke out on top in the third inning against the Lady Tigers. With two out, Crystal Treat’s single kept the inning alive for Kendell Combs. Combs shot a liner past the centerfielder into right-center for a two-RBI double. A few pitches later, Combs came in to score on a wild pitch for a 3-0 Lakeland lead.

The Lady Tigers did their only real damage against Lakeland pitcher Vici Treat in the next half-inning, using three singles and a walk to draw within 3-2.

Lakeland got those two runs right back in its half of the fourth. Mary Ellis singled with one out and Jacelyn Wood’s bunt resulted in a Lady Tiger error, putting Lady Cavs on second and third.

Ellis came in on a wild pitch and Ginny Griffin’s double scored Wood for a 5-2 lead.

Lakeland went on to rally for six runs in the next frame. Kelsey Smither roped an RBI triple to right-centerfield. Two walks and two hit batters put more runners, and eventually runs, on for the Lady Cavaliers.

Two Lakeland runs in the sixth took the lead to 10 and ended the game.

“The girls are just playing well as a team. They don’t let errors and such get them down. They believe in themselves. They really believe in themselves that no matter what they can come back or take care of business,” Wood said.

Combs went 3-for-4 with two runs and four RBI. Ellis went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBI. Vici Treat allowed one walk and struck out two. The Lady Cavaliers played errorless defense for the game.

Lakeland (7-8, 7-7) hosts Indian River Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.