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Lakota West 13 Lebanon 14
The Firebird bats were hot on Wednesday against #1 state ranked Lebanon in the OHSAA Regional Semi-Finals at Centerville High School. Unfortunately, the Lebanon Warrior bats were hotter.
Lakota West collected ten hits vs. Lebanon’s 16 hits in an epic battle that will be talked about for years. That’s an unprecedented 26 hits in a DI regional softball game, where games traditionally are won by lights out pitching. In fact, Lakota West burned through three of Lebanon’s pitchers in the game.
In addition to the 26 hits, both teams accounted for FIVE home-runs accounting for 16 of the total runs. Lakota West Sophomore Casey Bramble and Junior Lauren Betz both hit three-run home runs in the game while Junior Allie Cummins hit a grand slam in the 6th inning to claim the 13-9 lead in the top of the 6th.
The game started out looking like a bloodshed with the Firebirds taking an early 8-0 lead in the top of the 2nd innning. However, Lebanon had averaged 16.75 runs in their previous four playoff games, so it was well known that eight runs would not be enough to beat top ranked Lebanon.
The Warriors cut the lead in half in the bottom of the second scoring four runs. They managed to take the lead in the bottom of the 5th, 9-8. The Firebirds immediately responded scoring five runs in the top of the 6th taking a 13-9 lead. Lakota West held the Warriors in the 6th, but failed to score another run in the seventh. Lebanon jumped back on the Birds and made the score 13-12 with two outs and bases loaded. Lebanon had a sophomore with an ironic name up to bat, Ashley West. She was 0-4 in the ball game, but most importantly she hit a two-run single at the end of the game to give the Warriors a ticket to the Regional Championship game. It was bittersweet for Lebanon who lost to the Firebirds last season in the sectional final.
Lakota West 2600050—13-10-2
WP — Taylor Lewis (13-2); LP — Megan Brankamp (15-10)
— Jeremy Rauch (@FOX19Jeremy) May 25, 2017