The Lake Region Sun Devils U-16 girls softball team kept rolling along this past week, notching a pair of wins and a tie.
On Saturday, the Sun Devils atoned for an earlier defeat at the hands of the Lyndon A’s, with a 21-6 victory. The win marked the third time this summer LR has defeated an opponent whom they had earlier lost to.
After the A’s pasted two on the board in the top of the 1st, LR came storming back with 7 of their own to grab a 7-2 lead. The Sun Devils’ goal offensively has been to score every inning, and they managed to do just that, plating four more in the second on their way to the 21-6 final.
Mikalah Poginy led the Sun Devil charge, reaching base five times and scoring four. For Poginy, she has now reached base in 9 of her last 10 at bats. Teammate and winning pitcher Britt Lantagne also scored four runs, while Hannah Leroux came up big with 6 RBIs. Alex Smith reached base five times with 3 hits and a pair of walks, and made the defensive play of the game with an unassisted double play at shortstop.
Lantagne went the distance on the mound, picking up the victory. “We were a little shorthanded today, so we needed Britt to go the full seven, and she pitched great. She was in a really good groove,” offered LR coach Matt Tinker.
On Tuesday, the Sun Devils took the trip down I-91 to take on the Lyndon Red Sox on the campus of Lyndon State College. The Sun Devils offense was again in high gear, charging out to 11 first inning runs on their path to a 29-7 win.
Every batter in the LR line-up reached base at least twice, with their #3 and #4 hitters Jade Jarvis and Michelle Thibeault combining to go 8-for-9 and scored 8 runs. Lead-off hitter Alyssa Royer also collected four hits and four runs and Leroux spanked a pair of doubles. Leroux, Smith and Thibeault each shared time on the mound for LR.
On Monday, the Sun Devils and St. Johnsbury’s 16-U club braved the elements, and were tied at 5-5 in the 4th inning before the rain became too much and the game was halted. St. J had jumped out to a 5-2 lead before LR pushed 3 runs across in the bottom of the third to knot it up. Jarvis, Hayley Ingalls and Royer each had RBI hits in the three-run third.
Standing at 7-4-1, the Sun Devils will wind down their season with three games in each of the next two weeks, beginning with what will likely be their toughest test to-date, playing North Country’s 16-U squad tonight at Lake Region