Lake City summer leagues kick off season
Lake City's softball and baseball teams enjoyed a very successful week in Little League play as almost all of the teams improved their records with big wins last week.
The 8-and under softball team, coached by Christy Snyder and Michelle Davis, defeated the Valley View Angels 6-2. The 10 and under softball team, coached by Lisa Weaver and Chris Snyder, defeated Valley View 2 at Lake City by a score of 15-9. Kendra Staggs was the winning pitcher. Kristen Carner led all hitters with three hits. Allison Smith, Lauren Weaver and Staggs each provided two hits while Kylie Campbell and Taylor Boness each chipped in one hit. Lake City's 12 and under team, coached by Amy Brown and Boyd Cobb, defeated Manila 36-8 and Caraway 5-1, improving their record to 6-2. The 16 and under softball team hopes to begin their season this week.
The Sonic Blasters, ages 9-10, defeated the Valley View Mets at Lake City last Tuesday, 11-7. Jake Emery and Jared Eidson combined for 10 strike-outs in six innings' work. Jason Eidson and Emery led the Blasters with three hits each while Jared Eidson, Jeffery Wilde, and Michael George added two hits each.
The Jammers, another 9-10 year old team, continued their winning ways with a 11-10 victory over Valley View's Cardinals, a 14-13 defeat of the Valley View Diamondbacks, and a 10-9 win at the Brookland Bearcats. The Jammers improved their record to 6-0.
Lake City's Machine Pitch team, the Rebels, defeated Caraway at Lake City last Thursday 8-1. The Rebels participated on Saturday in the Leachville Machine Pitch tournament and came away with the championship trophy in the 10-team tournament. The road to the title included a 9-0 win over the Leachville A Team, a 19-14 defeat of the Valley View Mariners, an 8-1 victory over Manila Farmers Market and a second defeat over the Mariners 11-5. Rebel Coach Mark Mann said the team played hard and did what they had to do to win.
The Majors, a team made up of 11-12 year olds had a tougher week, losing to Caraway 4-1 last Tuesday at Caraway then falling to Bay at home by a score of 5-4 in seven innings. The Majors are coached by Benji Barnes, Tim Trinidad, and Michael Boatman.
Barnes said his team only gave up two hits to Caraway and pitched well, despite the loss. The Majors are now 2-2.
The 13-year olds defeated Trumann at Trumann last Thursday 16-2. Shawn Matthews, Travis Mays, and Dillon Osment combined as pitchers for the victory with Matthews recording five strike-outs in two innings of work. Chase Cooper, Stevie Robison, and Mathews led the hitting attack with two hits each while Osment, Cody Richardson, Garrett Weaver, Chad Nunnally, and Casey Hook all notched hits as well. The 13-year-olds will play Harrisburg Tuesday night at Lake City.
Lake City's Jr. Babe Ruth team opened play last week and split two games, losing to Buffalo Island 13-1 in their first game of the year and defeating Valley View 9-8 later in the week. Derek Rolland at Monette pitched 7 innings and recorded 12 strike-outs against the Rebels, while Chris Deeds hit a 3-run homer for the Mustangs. Glenn Graham and Chris Sharp had the only hits for the Rebels. Caleb McCluskey and Sharp combined pitching skills against Valley View for their first win and Graham and Blake Barnes led the hitting attack for the Rebels. Graham had 3 hits, 2 RBI's and 2 runs scored while Barnes had 2 hits, 2 RBI's, and scored twice.