By Ethan Smith, exclusive to the Times
The Lady Gators softball team played a home double header Friday, March 22 against Green Oaks. The Lady Gators were very tired, with this being their sixth and seventh games this week. But they did not let that faze them. Green Oaks had an inexperienced pitcher, and Lakeview took advantage. Striking strong and early, the Lady Gators continuously put the ball in play in the first two innings. While in the field, any minor mistake made was quickly adjusted.
The Lady Gators won the first game of the night 19-4. #35 Makensie Hodges earned the win in the books, pitching the entire game. Then came game two of the night. There was a change on the pitching mound for the Lady Gators in the second matchup. #88 Raven Speir started the game, but that’s when it got a little rocky. She allowed four runs in the first inning before Head Coach Ashley Franks-Norman put Hodges back on the mound.
Even with the team’s starting pitcher back, the Lady Gators gave up another four runs, ending the top of the first down 8-0. That’s when the games stopped and the bats started. The Lady Gators knew they had to get the sticks moving, which they did, partially. Scoring four runs in the bottom of the first cut Green Oaks’ lead in half. Then the bottom dropped out. Lakeview then scored 19 unanswered runs, winning the game 23-8. The Lady Gators showed out at the plate with five homeruns throughout the night.
These homers coming from Speir, #1 Averi Slaughter, and #7 Mackenzie Phillips, who had three. An all-around great showing at the plate for Lakeview. Hodges earned both wins, finishing the week with an amazing six.
The Lady Gators finished the busy week with a 6-1 record, giving them a 7-4 record on the season. Hopefully, the success continues.