Cassidy McLellan – Mustangs Ahead

(LAKEWOOD RANCH, FL) – The LRHS varsity softball team had three home games this week. The Mustangs are 8-4 so far this season.

This team’s first game was on March 21 against Sarasota at home. The girls won 4-3.

The game went into extra innings when the seventh inning ended with a 3-3 tie.

Junior Ella Dodge started pitching and Freshmen Olivia Carr closed.

In the bottom of the 12th inning, the top of the lineup got the job done.

Senior Amanda Lee had a leadoff single and made to second on a passed ball. Dodge moved Lee to third with a sacrifice bunt. Lee scored on another passed ball, ended the game, and gave the Mustangs the victory.

Lee said, “During my at bat, I was telling myself to get on base because I knew my team was going to get me in.”

The next game was at home against Naples. The Mustangs won 11-1 in six innings.

The bats started off strong, scoring three runs in the first inning and then three again in the third inning.

Junior Grace Shaw-Rockey came up to bat in the bottom of the sixth inning, bases loaded, with the chance to end the game. On a 1-1 count, she hits a line drive to the center-right field fence, scoring all three runners.

The game ended with the 10-run run-rule.

Shaw-Rockey said, “Both offensively and defensively, we played a great game. It was good to see our bats get hot and our pitchers do well.”

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The third game of the week was against Parish Community High School at home. LRHS lost 1-0.

Although the offensive side fell short, the defense was spot on with great pitching and amazing plays made in the field.

Carr pitched a full seven innings with five strikeouts, five hits, and one walk.

The Mustangs’ next game is at 6 p.m. on March 28 against Calvary Christian at the Eddie C Moore complex in Clearwater.