Aggressive base-running, solid hitting and quality fielding put Lakeview High School Varsity softball in the lead early to open league play, hosting Rogue River on Saturday, April 19, in a 10-2 victory, followed by a 17-7 victory in game two of the double header.
In game one Rogue River took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but LHS took full advantage of several throwing errors to take the lead 2-1, a lead they would never relinquish. Abbi Brooks pitched brilliantly for seven innings for LHS, while the defense backed up Brooks very well, including catcher Rachel Leal who made two terrific plays at the plate preventing Rogue River runs.
In the third inning aggressive running resulted in more runs for LHS, expanding the lead over Rogue River to 5-1 thanks to a Brandi Larson single and a successful suicide squeeze bunt by Rachel Thomas.
Brooks helped out her cause at the plate as well with a sixth inning triple that scored Leal to expand the lead to 8-2, the Honkers adding two more runs late to seal the game over Rogue River, 10-2.
Game two of the double header again saw Rogue River jump out to an early lead, scoring two runs in the first inning, but Lakeview ran away with it from there, scoring 10 runs in the first two innings. Tori Crumrine hit a homerun, and Brooks added a triple as the Honkers offense exploded for 17 hits and 17 runs in a 17-7 rout that was called in the fifth inning under the mercy rule. Brooks pitched both games for LHS, aided by plenty of offense and quality fielding backing her up. Larson had a particularly great day at the plate with a combined six hits and four RBI’s on the day between both games.
It was two strong performances to open league play in 3A Southern Cascade League. LHS varsity softball next hosts Cascade Christian on April 29, while the LHS JV team will travel to Henley on April 24.