Lakeland’s bats lead to big numbers

Published 4:33 pm Saturday, April 21, 2018

The Lady Cavaliers softball team has combined for 29 runs in back-to-back games.

The Lady Cavs’ bats have been swinging at high success rate. Thursday, they took on Kecoughtan High School and defeated them 15-8. They followed that performance up with outscoring Hopewell High School Friday 14-1. Including the King’s Fork High School game from earlier last week, that is 32 runs in three games with an average of 11 per game.

“We are happy with the way we have been coming together,” Coach Steve Wood said. “We have been supporting each other. Even in our loss to King’s Fork 4-3, we pretty much just ran out of innings. However, obviously, our hitting has been very good.”

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Lisa Stuprich had two triples to go along with five RBIs and a run scored against Kecoughtan, while against Hopewell, Julie Jones hit a two-run homer to go along with three runs total. Stuprich added another four RBIs, while Sara Matthews handled pitching duties and earned the win. She allowed one hit and one run.

Against Hopewell, Lakeland got off to a fast start. Hopewell scored its only run of the game in the first inning while, Lakeland went up a combined 10-1 after two innings of play. Aryn and Alex Kinsey combined to go 5-8 with an RBI. Kamryn Whitley went 2-3 with a double and four RBIs.

“We have been seeing signs of us hitting well even going back to the Great Bridge game,” Wood said. “If we keep hitting well and holding teams down with our defense, we can compete.”

Wood knows that the key is keeping the momentum high, which will lead to good things for games in the future.

“Right now, some of the girls have been coming out of a slump and been hitting very well,” Wood said. “It’s all coming together at the right time, and the key is keeping it that way all season long, especially going into the post season.”

Lakeland will face Deep Creek High School at Deep Creek at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.