ORLEANS-Manager Matt Tinker has played his first three games without three starters and, with all three making contributions and his veterans continuing to swing heavy metal, the Lake Region girls romped to a 24-6 win, stopped early by the fifteen run rule, over Hazenâ€™s Wildcats.
Karen Potter, returning to the lineup, scored five times and was backed by an offensive onslaught including a long three run homer by Ranger second baseman Paige Wells. LRU blew the game open early as they put up eight first inning runs and notched another six in the second for a impressive early margin.
Freshman Michelle Thibault drew the assignment on the hill and threw well for the Ranger girls getting her first varsity win.
The long doubleheader played by the Lake Region girls almost went a little too long as the Ranger girls held off charging Danville in their second game 16-15.
Manager Matt Tinker was happy with the twin killing, but tempered any extra excitement,â€ťIt was two games we needed to win and we scored forty-one runs. We had three players that were ready to play and we got them a lot of at bats and we played good defense for the most part. I tell the girls our defense will win us games. We will hit but we have to have the defense. If we play defense we are in every game. We got a shot in the arm with the three girls coming back. We did look a little tired late in the game though but we have to play thru that and scored in five out of our six innings.â€ť