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With the Class 3A Streator Regional just around the corner, the LaSalle-Peru softball team is hoping the 30-plus runs it scored Saturday at the Lady Cavalier Invitational carries over into the postseason.
The Lady Cavs came away with three victories at Veterans Park in Peru, including a 10-8 victory over Yorkville in the final game.
In the championship game against the Lady Foxes, the Lady Cavs’ bats were once again hot while the wind was blowing out.
L-P put up a six-run inning in the bottom of the first.
With two on, Haley Wren hit a two-run double to left field, and two batters later, Kylea Starkey added to the damage as she drilled a three-run home run over the left-field wall.
Yorkville’s Rachel Owens hit a solo shot in the top of the second, but L-P added a pair of runs to make it an 8-1 lead after two innings.
“I hope this is the thing that really gets the offense going,” L-P coach Mike Schmidt said. “We scored over 30 runs in the three games after losing a tough game to Ottawa (Friday) night. So it was nice to see the girls respond like they did here (Saturday).”
Yorkville began to fight its way back into the game just when it looked as if the Lady Cavaliers were going to pull away for an easy victory.
Tiffany Busch singled and Corrine Rowe doubled in the top of the fourth. Courtney Thomas then smacked a two-run double to left to cut the Lady Cavs’ lead to five at 8-3.
In the fifth inning, the Lady Foxes made things even more interesting as they scored five runs and tied the game at 8-8.
The Lady Cavs picked up an error early in the inning and the Lady Foxes did the rest with four hits.
First it was Rowe hitting a two-run double to left field before Thomas singled in two runs to tie the game.
However, the Lady Cavs responded in the bottom of the sixth.
A run came in when Carly Spelich hit the ball to right field. Busch fired to first in an attempt to get Spelich, but the throw was off the mark, allowing Abby Turczyn to hustle home and slide under the tag for a 9-8 lead.
Wren then set the final score when she slapped an RBI single up the middle.
Brittany Zawacki pitched two scoreless innings to end the game and earn the win in relief. She also had three hits.