LaGrange softball team falls to Northside
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
In a tune-up game for the state tournament, LaGrange High’s softball team faced off against a strong Northside-Columbus team on Monday at Granger Park.
LaGrange got a solo home run from Holly Lynn, but the day belonged to Northside, which eased to a 6-1 victory.
LaGrange, which won the Region 2-AAAA championship last week, closes the regular season with a home game against Whitewater on Tuesday before hosting a state-playoff series next week.
In Monday’s game, Northside plated a run in the top of the first inning, and it added another run in the fifth inning to take a 2-0 lead.
Northside scored two runs in the sixth inning before capping its scoring with two runs in the top of the seventh.
LaGrange scored its lone run on Lynn’s solo home run in the bottom of the seventh inning.
Lynn, Kirsten Williams, Jacee Marable and Kaylee Bryant each had hits for LaGrange.
Camden Smith pitched a complete game for LaGrange.
Keyuna Peebles hit a home run for Northside, and Madison Cosgrove had three hits.
Despite Monday’s loss, LaGrange (18-8) has been rolling, and it had won nine of its previous 10 games before falling to Northside.
LaGrange went 3-0 in the region tournament last week at Shuford Fields to capture its first region title since 2010.
Next week, the Lady Grangers will begin what they hope will be an extended stay in the state playoffs.
A year ago, LaGrange beat Denmark and Shaw to make it to Columbus for the eight-team state finals.
This year, only four teams will make it to Columbus for the state finals, and LaGrange is hoping to be one of those teams.
It will be the final tournament run for six seniors who have been key members of the varsity program since they were freshmen.
“I feel like this team knows they can go really far (at state), and we want to do that before the six of us leave,” said Smith, LaGrange’s number one pitcher since she was a freshman.