Lakewood and Hobbton rounded out the first round of the conference portion of the schedule when they played a game originally scheduled for Tuesday night on Wednesday. After the weather kept the teams from playing the night before, it was nothing but clear skies for the conference and county foes as they took the diamond in a tightly-contested ball game.
In the end, it was the Lady Wildcats of Hobbton, getting the win in front of their home fans in Newton Grove.
Lakewood had control of the game for the majority of the time. Leading 3-1 entering the bottom of the sixth, the Lady Wildcats rallied with an impressive 3-run inning that came just in time to give them the victory.
Krislyn Bullard, Jasmine Brown, Peyton Crumpler, and Savannah Simmons all had hits for the Lady Leopards. Hobbton stats were unavailable at press time.
Lakewood’s Madison Tart pitched another solid game for the Lady Leps, as she went the distance, striking out 9 in the loss.
Hobbton coach Andie Hunter was also unavailable at press time, but had to like the way the Lady Wildcats responded in the 6th inning after trailing by 3 runs.
Lakewood head coach, Dave Yarasheski was pleased with the way his girls played, despite the loss, and liked what his starting pitcher gave him on the evening.
“I thought we played good, played hard,” said the Lady Leopard head coach following the narrow defeat. “We got another good performance from Madison Tart, as she threw a lot of strikes for us tonight. Striking out 9 batters is a big deal, and it takes some good pitching to do that. We take on Spring Creek tomorrow (Thursday) and Midway on Friday with a chance to bounce back from this one.”
Hobbton is now 7-5 overall and 3-3 in conference play. Lakewood falls to 4-6 overall and 1-5 in the conference play. The two are set to meet again the regular season finale on May 5, when the Lady Leps will host Hobbton.
Reach Adam Capps at 910-214-9585