Lakeshore seems to be peaking at the right time after a big team effort lifted the Lancers to a Division 2 softball regional title on Saturday.
The No. 4-ranked Lancers are hoping that total effort continues when they play No. 6 Spring Lake in the state quarterfinals at 3:30 p.m. today at Bailey Park in Battle Creek.
“It comes down to you have to execute,” Lakeshore coach Denny Dock said. “(We can’t) be supre concerned about the other team but about how we play.”
Sierra Ciesielski, Laney Mead and Nadia Amicareli all had timely hits for Lakeshore (31-10) in a 5-2 win over Vicksburg on Saturday. The Lancers trailed the Bulldogs for much of the title game, until Ciesielski hit a home run in the fifth inning and tying the game at two.
Mead followed with her own home run in the sixth. Amicarelli hit a two-run single, adding a pair of insurance runs in the same inning.
Freshman pitcher Gianna Kerschbaum helped to seal the game from the circle. She didn’t give up a single hit in her 4 2/3 innings. She also struck out seven.
Spring Lake (34-4) won its third straight regional title with 11-0 and 15-0 wins over Portland and Grand Rapids South Christian.
“They are very well coach, and seem like they are an oveall very good team,” Dock said.
The Lakers also feature a strong hitting lineup with two-way threat Leah Vaughan leading the way.
She had three hits and a home run in the team’s two regional wins. In the circle she struck out 14 batters in six total innings.
“They have a very good leadoff hitter which is also their starting pitcher. She throws in the high 50s,” Dock said.
Alicia Mumby, Jenna Core, Molly Poole and Layni Wyns are also key batters for Spring Lake.
All four managed multiple hits.
Freshman Avery Flynn serves as a strong backup to Vaughan. She pitched two innings in the Lakers five inning win over Portland and had two hits in the game.
“We got to play the game,” Dock said. “We are going to have to play them very well.”