Sports: With regular-season title in hand, Lakenheath seeking D-I softball crown
May 17, 2006
RAF LAKENHEATH — The Lakenheath Lady Lancers softball team didn’t let first-place Ramstein Lady Royals get in their way as they swept them in a doubleheader on Saturday to secure the Division I regular-season title.
For her last home games of the season, Lakenheath senior Brynn Lipor controlled the pitching mound and shut down the Ramstein batters in 12-4 and 9-2 victories. She added a total of four hits in both games as well.
“She did an outstanding job on the day,” Lakenheath softball coach John Gilmore said.
Lakenheath senior Krysten Glab and freshman Jessica Serd also contributed four hits, while freshman Auburn Ritterbush had three hits in the lopsided wins.
“These were the best two games we’ve played so far [this season],” Gilmore said.
Ramstein held the top spot in Division I coming into the doubleheader, but after both losses, the Lady Royals fell to 8-2 in the division and 8-4 overall. Lakenheath finished the season at 9-1 in the division and 11-1 overall. Lakenheath’s only loss in the season came May 5 against Heidelberg.
Gilmore said that his team was missing key players, including Lipor, during the game in Heidelberg because of the S.A.T. test. He is looking for a little revenge and hopefully a championship in the European Division I tournament, which runs today through Saturday at Ramstein.
“I’ll make no predictions,” Gilmore said about the tourney. “The girls will have to play their top game in order to win it.”
On Thursday, the top-seeded Lakenheath Lady Lancers will face Würzburg, who finished 1-11 overall in the regular season.
Playing on the adjacent field at Lakenheath High School, Alconbury’s Lady Dragons beat Baumholder 15-11 in an offense-fueled game. Alconbury sophomore Ashley Lane led the Lady Dragons with three hits.
Alconbury senior Megan Archer had seven strikeouts in the victory, while Baumholder junior Grecia Gonzalez had six. With the win, Alconbury moved up to a 4-4 record. Baumholder dropped to 8-5.