Lebanon — Despite winning their opening game of the state tournament Thursday night, the Lebanon 12U Softball All-Stars knew they could play even better.
They showed that on Friday night. Lebanon played a more complete game than in the opener and defeated State Park Little League (Chesterton) 14-1 to improve to 2-0 in pool play.
“I am really pleased with the way we played,” Lebanon head coach Debbie Redman said. “We really hit the ball and we played solid defense today too. We had great pitching from a couple of young girls who really stepped up today and did their job.”
Lebanon wasted little time getting going in the top of the first inning.
Payton Ray singled and after advancing to second on a wild pitch, scored on a single by Katie McDuffie to make it 1-0. Up stepped Payge Redman, who hit an inside-the-park home run to right center to make it 3-0 in favor of the hosts.
Two batters later, Payten Redman reached third on an error and scored on an RBI-single by Kaitlyn Blevins to make it 4-0. Blevins later scored on a fielders’ choice off the bat of Jenna Weaver.
State Park managed a run in the bottom of the first inning, but that was all they could do to slowdown the Lebanon attack.
McDuffie hit a one-out double to bring up Payge Redman — who hit her second 2-run, inside-the-park home run to make the score 7-1.
Those two girls — along with Ray — were part of a top of the lineup that went 8-for-11 with eight runs scored and 10 RBIs. Redman herself was 4-for-4 with two home runs, a triple, three runs scored and eight RBIs.
“Our total lineup is really strong,” coach Redman said. “But those three girls at the top today really played well. Payge can get this team going. They all want to hit like she does and they all can. They all gave it their all. I am really proud of them.”