LRSC softball season ends in Region 13 Tournament
Special to the Journal
The Lake Region State College softball season came to an end this weekend after its second loss of the three games played in the Region 13 Tournament held in Rosemount, Minn.
The Royals opened with an 8-7 win over Bismarck State College in the Friday morning game. Scoring by both teams was primarily in a single inning.
The Royals jumped to an 8-2 lead in the bottom of the fifth only to see the Mystics answer with five in the top of the sixth to get within one run. Mackenzie Sansom then settled in to shut them down in the seventh to seal the win.
For the game, Sansom gave up 10 hits, six earned runs, striking out 10 and walking only one. Hanna Gary had four hits including a double to lead the Royals’ hitting attack. Haunani Morton also doubled and Courtney Fines had two hits in the game.
Region Champion Dawson Community College of Glendive, Mont., held off the upset-minded Royals in the Friday afternoon game, 6-5.
Dawson scored five runs in the third inning but the Royals battled back, scoring four runs in the fourth inning.
Alaina McKinnon pitched a strong game, striking out three, walking one as the Royals defense assisted in making no errors. The Royals managed eight hits, but left eight runners on base. They were led by Kiahna Chumola and Jade Ledochowski with two hits each. Gary had a triple with two RBIs.
In the consolation round Saturday afternoon, Dakota County Technical College of Rosemount won the run count over the Royals 16-11 as each team had sixteen hits.
Dakota County scored 12 runs in the second inning with two outs.
Gary started the game, relieved by Kassi Jones and Sansom. McKinnon had two home runs and a double with five RBIs.
Emma Gary had four hits with a home run and double. Hanna Gary, Chumola and Sansom each had two hits.
The Royals season ends with a record of 15-31. Emma Gary and Hanna Gary were named to the NJCAA Division 2 All Region 13 Team. The Mon-Dak conference team will be announced later.
For the season, the Royals hit 47 home runs in 46 games (as of May 1st was 15th in the nation for NJCAA Division 2), had a team batting average of .341, a team slugging percentage of .545, hit 93 doubles, six triples and had an on base percentage of .393.
Nine players hit home runs for the Royals. There are five sophomores that will be leaving the team this year.
It was a good season for the Royals and for a program in its third year and will help to build it for the future.