BATTER BATTER SWING. Junior Katie Diaz prepares to swing at the game against Lake Mary. photo/Blair Colson

With nearly equivalent records, the Lady Braves Softball (10-11) played Lake Mary Rams (10-11-1) on April 19.

In the top of the first inning, the Lady Braves had three hits with no runs. With Lake Mary up to bat, junior Ashley Johnson struck out a Ram for the first out of the inning with the score 0-5. Sophomore Carlie Raper caught the ball at center field for the second out. The Rams made another hit with bases loaded, advancing the score to 0-8. After three more runs for Lake Mary, senior Lara Dusing tagged a Ram out at third base to end the first inning.

To start the second inning, sophomore Gabrielle Hoffman hit a single to center field. With runners on first and second base, Lake Mary made a double play bringing them back to bat. Zaniyah Morgan made the first out at second base and Raper caught a flyball for the second out. To close the second inning, Raper caught another flyball at center field. Lake Mary continued to lead, 0-11.

With the Lady Braves at bat, Dusing and sophomore Abigail Kidd hit singles but the score did not advance. Junior Katie Diaz made two outs in right field and freshman Denise Pearson with one at first base, stopping the Rams from making any runs.

Morgan started the fourth inning with a triple toward left field. With an RBI, Pearson brought Morgan home changing the score to 1-11. With the Rams at bat, Johnson caught the ball from the mound for the first out. Diaz caught a pop fly in right field and Kidd made the last out. The Rams advanced the score to 1-15.

At the top of the fifth inning, Dusing hit a line drive to the out field but no runs were made. Lake Mary mercy ruled the Lady Braves 1-15.

The Lady Brave’ next game is today on the Reservation against Timber Creek (15-0) at 6 p.m.   

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