LAMOILLE — With five of 11 of their players as underclassmen, the LaMoille/Ohio Lady Lions softball team is building its program this year as they look to improve upon their play each game. The team takes positives away from each game as they improve upon their fielding and hitting with each passing day.
After not reaching the seventh inning in their previous three games, the Lady Lions’ youth and inexperience proved to be insurmountable for the squad once again as the Earlville/Leland Raiders exploded for an eight-run seventh inning to take a 14-0 victory Thursday night in LaMoille.
“We are a young team, and we are building our program right now so we are continuing to improve every game. This is our first game which we actually made it to seven innings and that’s a huge break through for us. It’s something we have been working on since day one,” L/O coach Angie Augspols said. “We had a few chances today. We left three runners on third base, and we also had bases loaded so we had a lot of small successes today and that’s the most important thing as we take baby steps towards where we want to be.”
The Raiders got the scoring started early with a bang as they plated three first inning runs including two-run bomb down the left-field line by outfielder Jasmine Kerley to make the score 3-0.
LaMoille/Ohio pushed three runners to third base over the next five innings including loading the bases with only one out in the fifth inning. But each time the Lady Lions failed to push a run crossed the plate.
“Now it’s just stringing together the hits when we need it and making the defensive plays in the field,” Augspols said. “We made some nice plays today but now we just need to string some of those hits and defensive plays together so we can build momentum during the game and stop teams from scoring on us.”
E/L took its six-run lead into the top of the seventh inning and more than doubled their run total the final inning pushing eight runs across the plate.
The scoring barrage was highlighted by a Delaney Melody home run which barely cleared the fence in dead center field. E/L added three more runs after the long ball to round out the scoring at 14-0.
“We, as a team, are optimistic, and we get better at some aspect of our play every game. The scores might not show that but we are building a program here at LaMoille and today was a very positive step for us,” Augspols said.
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