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‘Extremely competitive’ summer schedule ends with L-S girls at 18-12 (Hometown Press article)

posted Jul 28, 2017, 12:36 PM by Webmaster lynnville-sully

‘Extremely competitive’ summer schedule ends with L-S girls at 18-12

Coming off last summer’s fourth-place conference finish, the Lynnville-Sully softball team was able to move up a ranking this year, tying for third place with Colfax-Mingo. Despite losing three seniors, including Kasiah Ehresman who set a base stealing record, the Hawks still led the SICL Conference with stolen bases this year. The Hawks not only took on conference teams, but continued to challenge themselves with non-conference schools, often from larger classes. Overall, the L-S girls finished with a winning record of 18-12.

“We carried an extremely competitive schedule and competed with nearly every team at every level, which is great to see and so much fun to coach,” said L-S Head Coach Stacey Alberts.

L-S had a bumpy start, losing to last year’s conference champions, Colfax-Mingo, followed by a close one-run loss to conference rival Montezuma and a loss to Class 3A Pella. The girls quickly turned things around, though, going on a nine-game win streak, which included wins over 2017 conference co-champions, Sigourney and Belle Plaine.

In the second half of the season, the Hawks had some success against both conference and non-conference teams, but also some tough losses. They fell to Colfax-Mingo in a close game, but were able to avenge their early loss against Montezuma. The L-S girls wrapped up their regular season with a loss to HLV, earning a conference record of 11-5. This would tie them for third with Colfax-Mingo, behind Sigourney and Belle Plaine (both tied for first).

L-S began post-season play in early July, taking on Colo-Nesco and coming out victorious, 6-2. They moved on to face Montezuma for the third time. Despite their strong start, scoring two in the first inning, the Hawks fell to the Bravettes, bringing the season to a halt.

This year’s L-S team boasted two seniors: Third-baseman Brenna Lanser, who led the Hawks with 10 doubles, four home runs, and 27 RBIs, and centerfielder Haley James, who scored 18 times for the Hawks this season and was always reliable for a diving catch, ending the season with a fielding percentage of .961. Alberts will miss these seniors but is looking for future opportunities.

“Our squad is trending in a positive direction,” the coach noted. “We will simply stay with our off-season plans, trust in our development process, and try to get the girls enough repetitions coming into season by next year to be strong and confident.”