Vikings drop game at Centennial

August 25, 2018

The Lakeview softball team struggled offensively in an 11-3, five-inning defeat at the hands of the Centennial on Thursday night.

Vikings’ head coach Erica Zywiec stressed how her team needs to become more aggressive at the plate.

“We just need to work on putting hard hits together and being aggressive at the plate,” she said.

Both teams came into the game with 1-3 records and were looking for a win to gain some momentum.

Centennial jumped out to a lead right from the beginning, scoring three runs apiece in the first and second innings for a 6-0 lead headed into the top of the third.

Lakeview mounted a rally and quickly put itself back in the contest capitalizing on runners on second and third with one down.

Kelli Schoch brought the first run across, oddly enough, on a strikeout. Though she came up empty on a swing, the Centennial catcher failed to secure the pitch, dropped it to the dirt then threw wildly to first base.

Schoch to reach safely, and Kassidy Soulliere scored on the wild throw, narrowing the score to 6-1.

Emma Williams, who advanced to third during Schoch’s at-bat, saw her opportunity and stole home.

Jessica Sand made it 6-3 with a groundball error pushing Schoch across.

Zywiec accredited the successful half inning to bunts by her team, and errors by Centennial.

“We’re bunting quite often, and they weren’t fielding it,” she said. “They were making some throwing errors.”

This is as close as the Vikings were able to get through as the Broncos scored four runs in the bottom of the third to put the game out of reach.

Zywiec felt that the Vikings improved on defense, but continued to say how she wants to see them improve offensively.

Defensively we played a much better game, but we didn’t execute at-bats,” Zywiec said. “We need to be more aggressive at the plates.”

Lakeview was out hit 12-2, with their only two hits coming from Caitlin Buck and Nevaya Metcalfe.

The Lady Vikes used three pitchers during the game – Soulliere, Schoch and Buck.

Soulliere took the loss for the Vikings, and the three pitchers had a combined 53.5 percent strike percentage. Combined, the trio allowed 11 runs on 12 hits, 10 earned, walked four batters and struck out one.

Zywiec said she talked with her team after the loss to try to turn the defeat into a learning experience. She mention

“We talked a lot last night about the things we need to improve, we need to bear down at the plate,” she said.

The next game for Lakeview (1-4) will take place at 5 p.m. on Tuesday night at home against Central City (3-4) in a doubleheader.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Columbus Telegram. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net

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