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The Lookout | October 19, 2018

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Softball squad sweeps

Softball squad sweeps
The Lookout

Andy Bumstead
Freelance Writer

The LCC Stars softball team swept a doubleheader at home against Ancilla College April 22. They won by scores of 10-8 and 9-0.

LCC Coach Marc Kibby said Stars pitcher Alina Harrington played a crucial role in both games, with solid offensive help from her teammates, including Elizabeth Vincent, Jessica Wood and Hannah Knight.

In the first game, Harrington took the mound in relief and was able to hold off Ancilla long enough for the Stars to score some critical runs. Sophomores Vincent and Wood delivered at the plate, with four hits and five RBIs between them.

In the second game, Harrington pitched a five-inning shutout and struck out nine batters. Vincent sealed the deal with a grand slam.

“I just had a clear head and was relaxed at the plate,” Vincent said of her success.

To further the lead, Knight had a three-run homer. She ended the game with two hits and four RBIs.

Kibby said he was glad to see his team get its offense going against Ancilla.

“We’ve been struggling recently with being aggressive at bat,” Kibby said. “We finally came out being aggressive, allowing our batters to warm up and hit the ball.”

Through April 22, the team’s record was 20-12 overall and 8-2 in the Michigan Community College Athletic Association.

Prior to their success against Ancilla, the Stars struggled against Muskegon Community College. They lost both games of an April 21 doubleheader, 6-2 and 9-0.

“Frankly, we didn’t hit the ball very well,” Kibby said. “We just didn’t get the big hits when needed.”

The Stars were scheduled to play a non-league game on April 23 against Northwood College. On April 25, they were scheduled to play at Muskegon Community College, and on April 27 they were scheduled to play against Jackson Community College.

The Stars are set to play their final home games Tuesday, April 29 against Kellogg Community College. Game time is 3 p.m. at Ranney Park, next to the Frandor Shopping Center in Lansing. The public is welcome.

 

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