#5 Lamar 9, Florence 5
The Lamar High School varsity softball team completed its regular season Friday morning, completing a previously suspended game from Sept. 23 at Citizens Field, by defeating the Florence Lady Huskies 9-5.
Back on the original day the teams faced one another, Lamar won the first game of the scheduled doubleheader 23-0 in three innings. For the second game, head coach Mindy McCoy inserted mostly backup players into the lineup to give them an opportunity to play against a district opponent.
Lamar scored three runs in the first inning to draw first blood as senior catcher Maddie Buxton cleared the bases with a double.
In the third, the Lady Savages extended the lead as they hit three triples. Junior first baseman Sydnee Howland, junior pitcher Dayle Trout and sophomore third baseman Reygan Gibbs provided the big hits to highlight the frame and Lamar led 8-0.
Shortly thereafter, Florence mounted a rally against Trout. With one run in and the bases loaded, rainfall and nearby lightning forced the game to be suspended. When the game resumed at 11:00am Friday, the Huskies tallied three more runs to slice the deficit to 8-4.
An error by the Lady Huskies allowed Lamar to get one run back in the fifth. Two singles and a Lamar error brought Florence to within 9-5 in the fifth, but Trout snuffed out the remaining threat in the inning and also did the same in the seventh after Florence loaded the bases with one out.
Trout, Gibbs and Eads junior Kaylee Wilson each collected a pair of hits for the Lady Savages, as they improved to 14-5 overall and finished district play at 11-1.
Lamar now will focus on the postseason, as district champs they will host one of eight Class 3A regionals in the state. The bracket will be seeded mainly, but not solely on the RPI rankings. As of Sunday, Lamar is ranked #4 in the RPI. The regional will be held at Citizens Field on Saturday, Oct. 14. Teams, seeds and pairings will be released by the CHSAA on Monday.
FINAL CLASS 3A DISTRICT 2 STANDINGS
LA JUNTA 9-3
ROCKY FORD 8-4
ST. MARY’S 8-4
DOLORES HUERTA 1-11
JAMES IRWIN 1-11