WASHINGTON — It may have been Senior Night for the Washington softball team, but freshman first basemen Lauren White stole the show.
Washington (14-8, 4-2 Big 8) defeated Vincennes Lincoln (12-12, 3-3) 3-2 Tuesday evening at the Sports Complex.
The script looked to be written perfectly as senior starting pitcher Allexis Lemon took the mound in the top of the sixth with the Hatchets leading 2-1, only six outs away from capturing second place in the Big 8 Conference.
Unfortunately for Washington, no one told Vincennes Lincoln.
With two outs in the inning, Taylor Pinkstaff reached on an infield single, and Sophia Lane came on to pinch run. DJ Frederick stepped to the plate and laced an RBI double into the right centerfield gap, and just like that the game was tied at two. Lemon, however, would have her revenge in short order.
Lemon led off the bottom of the sixth with a double to the centerfield wall, and freshman Shylah Sama came on to pinch run. Sama immediately advanced to third on a wild pitch from Lincoln pitcher Leah Kays. After senior catcher Paige Hawthorne popped out to third base, White stepped to the plate and lifted a fly ball to leftfield, and Sama was able to tag up and score to give Washington its winning margin.
“I thought we played really well, and we executed when we had to,” said Washington coach Alan Lemon. “She (White) put the ball in play, we moved her up one spot in the order.”
White also accounted for the other two RBIs when she drove in Mattie Graber and Hawthorne with a two-out double in the first inning to give Washington a 2-0 lead.
Allexis Lemon went the distance for Washington once again, giving up five hits and striking out four. The four punch-outs was a low number for Lemon, but Alan Lemon said that was partly due to the Alices’ approach at the plate.