On Thursday, the Lady Leopards varsity softball team hosted the Spring Creek Gators in a game that got out of hand very quickly, with Lakewood winning the game 23-0.
The Leopards won the game in just three innings and used the mercy rule to their advantage as they ended the night quickly against an undersized, undermanned and inexperienced Spring Creek softball team that allowed 18 runs in the first inning alone.
It was quite the night for all players on a surging Lakewood softball team that has now won the past two games by a combined 36 runs as they defeated their rivals from just up the road in the Union Spartans on Tuesday night. The Leopards scored at will and took advantage of the inexperienced Spring Creek team, drawing walks on nearly every at-bat as the pitcher from the Gators struggled with throwing the ball accurately.
Even with Spring Creek having an opportunity to score, Lakewood stifled any opportunity with fast pitches and overall excellent teamwork.
Lady Leopards head coach David Yarasheski praised his team for their overall play against the Gators. “The girls did a good job tonight. They went out and played well, hit the ball well, and did a great job defensively. Madison (Tart) did a great job pitching. I think she gave up one base runner and that was on an error, otherwise she had five strikeouts. Overall, the girls did a good job hitting and did a good job defensively,” Yarasheski said.
The Leopards improve to 2-1 overall and will attempt to keep the winning streak alive when they face North Duplin on Tuesday at 6:00 p.m.
Spring Creek Gators head coach Charlie Cotten was not necessarily upset at his team after the loss, noting just how young the Gators are. “You are talking about a young team; a young, inexperienced team. We’re basically learning.”
Spring Creek falls to 0-2 on the season.
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