By Will Willems
Entering Saturday’s critical double header with Tri-West, the Lebanon softball team saw themselves a half-game behind the Bruins in the conference standings.
Leaving the double-header, the Tigers were a 1 1/2 games in front. Lebanon swept the double-header, winning game one 9-2 and game two 9-5 to grab first place in the conference.
“It was the goal to come in and win both,” Lebanon head coach Steve Smith said. “But we didn’t want to lose sight of the big picture. We want to continue to get better. This was a big week, we had six conference games this week and I don’t know if I ever care to do that again. When you can sweep the double-header against a quality team like Tri-West, that is big. We never gave up and I was proud of the girls for that.”
In game one, the Tigers jumped out to a 2-0 lead in the first inning thanks to a 2-run single by Madelyn Smith.
Coach Smith said that it was important to get off to a good start Saturday.
“The girls had a good focus coming in and we got off to a good start in getting a few runs early,” Smith said. “That carried through and had some girls get a few big hits. Good start and a big win.”
The Bruins scored unearned runs in the first and third to tie the game at 2, but the tie didn’t last long.
With two on and one out in the fourth, Whitney Cosgray singled home two to make it 4-2.
After Ashlyn Montgomery reached on an error, Carly Greene hit a sacrifice fly to score Cosgray, and two throwing errors by the Bruins allowed Montgomery to score and make it 6-2.
After Hannah Dybalski reached, Lexy Britt hit an RBI-double and Madelyn Smith followed with a run-scoring single to make it 8-2.
For more of this story, read Tuesday's Lebanon Reporter.