#6 Lamar 15, #8 La Junta 2
Holly junior Sydnee Howland hit a tie-breaking two-run home run in the fourth inning and finished with five runs batted in, leading the Lamar Lady Savage softball team to a 15-2 win over the La Junta Tigers in six innings at Tippy Martinez Field.
Howland, the designated player hitting eighth in the batting order came up with one out in the top of the fourth with senior teammate Julie Aguirre at third base and one out in a 1-1 tie. She and La Junta ace pitcher Lexi Smith batted to a 3-2 count, and then…
At that point, the Lady Savages assumed control of what was a classic nip-and-tuck affair between these Class 3A District 2 rivals. Lamar took the early lead on a two-out infield single from Aguirre to drive home Eads junior Miranda Mitchek. La Junta answered in the second as Kaylee Springer tripled with two outs and scored on a passed ball to tie it up.
After Howland’s big hit, the Lady Savages began picking La Junta apart, first with a four-run sixth. Howland again stepped up as she drove a ball to deep right center where Springer made the catch but simultaneously collided with right fielder Hayley Keck. Two Lady Savages tagged up and scored on the play to give Lamar a 5-1 lead. The next batter, senior Alexa Comstock walked on a 12-pitch at bat to start a two-out rally where two more runs would come in to score.
The bottom fell out for La Junta in the sixth as Howland walked with the bases loaded, Comstock and Mitchek each delivered with an RBI single and junior Sheridan Choat brought home two runs with a single. Choat led Lamar with three hits.
Junior ace pitcher Laci Coen held La Junta in check with nine strikeouts to only four walks over six innings. She threw 109 pitches, 64 for strikes.
Lamar is now 4-4 overall and 2-0 in the district, La Junta drops to 5-4 and 3-1 in the district. The Lady Savages will host James Irwin in a district doubleheader at Citizens Field on Saturday with game one to begin at 11:00am. Lamar will be heavily favored against a Lady Jaguars team that has been outscored 83-4 in three district games so far.