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Lansing Softball

On a hot and humid night Tuesday at the Tompkins Cortland Community College softball complex, the Lansing 14U travel team suffered their first loss of the season by 1 run.

The Lansing team started out strong behind good pitching from Lindsey Fish and great defense led by veteran catcher Iris Boreman. In the top of the 2nd, Boreman started the Lansing offense off with a well-placed double to left center field which was followed up by an epic 9-pitch at bat by Brooklyn Walker, where she fouled off 6 pitches and took the count to full before hitting a hard ground ball between short and third, scoring Boreman. Zoe Wierson and Jaeda Broaster each had quality at bats, plating Walker and scoring runs on aggressive base running.

Lansing took a 4 – 0 lead into the bottom half of the 3rd, when the Dryden offense struck back, scoring 2 runs. Lansing extended their lead to 6 – 2 in the top half of the fourth, but then struggled in the field in the bottom of the inning and gave up 5 runs allowing Dryden to take a 7 – 6 lead.

Lansing answered in the top of the 5th with two runs by Reace Todi and Fish and tacked on another run in the 6th with heads up base running by Izzy Gustafson, who had also made a run-saving catch in left center earlier in the game.

Fish was relieved on the mound by 10-year-old Alana Knapp-Ward who gave up two un-earned runs over 2 innings. Fish re-entered the game with the score tied 9 – 9 in the bottom of the 7th and the Dryden team finally scratched out the winning run on a wild pitch.

A hard-fought game on both sides of the diamond will surely lead to a great rematch when these two teams face each other at the Lansing Varsity field on July 17th.

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