Softball faces top opponent this week

Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS varsity softball team has an action filled week coming up after a successful start to their season.

The team is currently 9-0 and ranked #2 in the country according to USA Today.

Before spring break the Mustangs also had a packed week.

The girls first game of that week was on Monday, March 7 against Fort Myers, where they won 13-0.

Sophomore Ella Dodge pitched three innings with five strikeouts, no runs, and only one hit. Senior Ella Coiner and freshmen Lexi Meneely pitched one scoreless inning each.

The team collectively had 15 hits. Sophomore Grace Shaw-Rockey had a very productive evening at the game including a three-run homerun.

Shaw-Rockey said, “The energetic environment we brought on the road was awesome. In a big game like this one, being between two of last year’s state champions, we came out and played within ourselves. We each fueled each other with the amount of energy every one of us were able to have success.”

On Tuesday, March 8 the girls had their second game of the week against Calvary Christian and won 6-0.

Senior Taylor Shepard went 2-2 with a double and an RBI.

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Shephard stated, “I knew before the game that we would hit that pitcher well. We waited for our pitches and hit the ball hard.”

On Wednesday, March 9 the Mustangs faced the number two team in the state, Windermere and the Mustangs won 3-1.

Dodge pitched a full seven innings with 16 strikeouts and only allowing two hits.

Dodge added, “That game was so much fun. I got to take the field and compete with my teammates, see all our hard work pay off, and I can’t wait for what this season has in store for us.”

The last game of the week was on Friday, March 11 against Naples Gulf Coast HS and the Mustangs won 16-1.

The girls had a great game offensively acquiring 21 hits collectively in only four innings.

This week the team has two games both against Lake Brantley. The first is on Wednesday, March 23 away and the second is on Thursday, March 24 at home.

Lake Brantley finished third in the country last year while the Mustangs were ranked first.

LRHS head coach TJ Goeltz said, “It should be a great game with good competition and the girls, and I would love to have a big turnout.”