Lady Vikes make quick work of NBC
Lakeview softball took out some frustrations from a poor performance the night before in Tuesday’s win over North Bend.
The Lady Vikes blasted the Tigers in three-innings on the 12-run Mercy Rule, did it with just four hits and moved back above .500 to 12-11 after suffering a 14-2 defeat the night before at Crete.
It was a much needed confidence boost for a squad that’s played 6-6 ball over the past two weeks and taken shutout or run rule losses to ranked opponents.
“It’s been frustrating well. We’ve been hitting well but we haven’t been playing great defense. That’s kind of kicked us in the butt a few times and given us a few losses we probably should have played much closer in,” coach Erica Zywiec said.
“We’ve been trying some different options in the field to kind of see what works best and get the girls in different places when we can to see what we have.”
Those different options included normal shortstop Emma Williams playing second base while centerfielder Nevaya Metcalfe was in at short.
Though it allowed Zywiec another look it made little difference Tuesday.
Pitcher Kassicy Soulliere blew away the North Bend lineup with five strikeouts in just 11 batters. Williams made four plays over at second and only two Tigers managed to reach base with walks.
The Lady Vikes took a patient approach at the plate, drew six walks and put the ball in play enough to force the Tigers into four errors that all came around to score. Two runs also crossed the plate on wild pitches, and another scored on a double steal.
It was a relaxing trip to the diamond after enduring a 14-2 loss on Monday.
“Games like this definitely help when we can get the bat on the ball and play good defense,” Zywiec said. “But we need to find it when we play ranked teams and play the top teams we have in our conference. We seem to get on our heels and shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Tuesday’s win was earned with four runs in the first, two more in the second and six in the third. Kelli Schoch and Williams each scored three times while Schoch was 2 for 2 with a double and two RBIs.
Lakeview used four first-inning walks and Schoch’s double to score four, plated two in the second on another Schoch base hit and a throwing error then put the Mercy Rule into effect with a walk, hit-by-pitch, Metcalfe double, Kaylea Bailey double, sacrifice fly and three North Bend errors in the third.
“I think they just have to get it out of their heads,” Zywiec said of four recent losses to teams either ranked or previously ranked including Monday, a 13-3 loss to Seward the week before, 6-0 loss to Seward on Sept. 17 and 6-0 shutout to C-2 Raymond Central on Sept. 15.
“They have the potential. They’re just kind of standing in their own way right now, and they just need to believe they can do it.”
Two weeks ago when the team had won six of seven is when Zywiec felt like the team was at its best. Since then, the mental approach has varied.
“They had confidence then and they just kind of lost somewhere along the way,” she said. “They just have to find it again.”