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Fremont St. Joseph downs Lakota softball (5-22-13) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jordan Cravens Sentinel Staff Writer   
Wednesday, 22 May 2013 21:01
FOSTORIA — Lakota’s softball team came close to snapping Fremont St. Joseph Central Catholic's 20-game winning streak, but the Raiders fell just short in Wednesday’s Division IV district semifinal game at Fostoria High School.
Lakota (15-10) lost 8-6 to the Crimson Streaks, who are 21-6 and were recently crowned the Midland Athletic League champions.
The Raiders jumped out to an early 1-0 lead and later, down 5-1, battled the game to a tie in the bottom of the fourth.
“I saw a lot of fight. The girls never quit and that was good to see,” said Lakota coach Chris Chalfin.
SJCC had a five-run third inning, which included a three-run home run by Ashley Burns and two unearned runs.
But Lakota struck back in the bottom of the fourth. Bryan Long-Meyer starter the Raiders’ rally with a single to right field. Stephanie Miller followed with a double to right-center which scored Long-Meyer and Ally Hovis who reached on an error.
Alaina Bickford then cracked a double, which scored Miller. The next batter, Morgan Gangwer hit a Be Reardon rise ball up the middle to score Bickford and tie the game at 5-5.
In the top of the sixth inning, SJCC went up 7-5 on a Be Reardon single.
Lakota still wasn’t done. The Raiders followed with a run in the bottom of the sixth.  Miller led off with a single and Nikkia Cooper put down a sacrifice bunt to move her to second. Bickford scored Miller on a double to center field.
Down 7-6 headed into the final inning, Lakota gave up another run when a Jensen LeJuene infield hit scored Brennan Reardon.
In Lakota’s final turn at the plate, Samantha Miller hit a leadoff single down third-base line. However, the Streaks’ defense was able to turn a double play. A lineout to second base ended the game.
“We had a lot of respect for them,” said SJCC coach Pat Bastidas. “We didn’t fear them, but we knew they were coming for us.”
“They are a good hitting team and they have good players,” he added.
Morgan Gangwer took the loss for Lakota. She had four strikeouts and walked one.  She also had two singles and an RBI.
Also for Lakota, Stephanie Miller was 3-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Alaina Bickford had two doubles and three RBI.
With the win, SJCC advances to Friday’s district final at Fostoria High School against Hopewell-Loudon.

frEMONT SJCC 8, Lakota 6
SJCC    005     002     1—8     10      3
LAKOTA  100     401     0—6     10      5
HITS — (SJ) Br. Reardon 2, LeJuene 2, Sessler, Be Reardon, Burns, Frank, Fulwider, Baez; (LK) Stephanie Miller 3, Alaina Bickford 2, Gangwer 2, Samantha Miller, Conrad, Long-Meyer. 2B — (SJ) Baez; (LK) Stephanie Miller 2, Alaina Bickford 2, Conrad. HR — (SJ) Burns. RUNS — (SJ) Br. Reardon 2, Sessler, Burns, Frank, Fulwider, LeJuene, Baez; (LK)  Stephanie Miller 3 Alaina Bickford, Hovis, Long-Meyer. RBI — (SJ) Burns 3, Be Reardon, LeJuene; (LK)  Alaina Bickford 2,  Stephanie Miller, Gangwer. SB — (SJ) Be Reardon, Binder, LeJuene. SAC — (LK) Cooper 2. SAC FLY — (LK) Alaina Bickford. HBP — (LK) Long-Meyer (by Reardon). DP — (SJ) 1. LOB — SJCC 6, Lakota 7.
Be Reardon (WP) 7       10      6       5       1       4
Gangwer (LP)            7       10      8       5       1       4
Last Updated on Thursday, 23 May 2013 10:08

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