The Lamar Community College softball team won six Region IX games last week and have won seven in a row and 16 of their last 17. The Lopes took two from Otero Junior College on Wednesday, and completed the weekend with two wins against Northeastern Junior College on Saturday and two at Western Nebraska Community College on Sunday.
Wednesday, March 21
In La Junta, Colorado, the Runnin' Lopes defeated OJC in two close midweek match ups. Lamar won both games 10-9, recording 22 total hits, including five doubles and three home runs. In the first match up, the combined pitching staff of Emily Womeldorff and Lauren Reed struck out 10, while at the plate sophomore Larissa Royer went 2-for-3 with a home run, double and four RBI. Freshman Nonica Rivera also went 2-for-2 at the plate with one RBI. In the second game, another combined effort from the pitching staff (Reed, Keilee Womack, Royer) was able to hold off the Rattlers offense enough for the one-run win. Four Runnin' Lopes knocked in two RBI each (Caitlin McCarthy, Royer, Megan Sandoval, Mercedes Salazar), while Sandoval and Royer both hit home runs to help contribute to LCC's victory.
Saturday, March 24
On Saturday, the LCC softball team took two from Northeastern Junior college by scores of 6-1 and 13-0. In game one, Reed threw a complete game win for the Lopes, allowing just one earned run and striking out five. At the plate, McCarthy, Alyvia Woolsey and Sandoval all smacked doubles and sophomore Mackenzie Rowlett went 2-for-4 and scored two of the Lopes' runs. In the second game the Runnin' Lopes offense exploded for 15 hits including a double (Royer), two triples (Rivera, Woolsey) and a home run (Sandoval). In the circle, Womeldorff threw the shutout, striking out eight and allowing only two hits to the Plainswomen.
Sophomore catcher Caitlin McCarthy celebrates a Lopes rally from the dugout during a home game against Otero Junior College.
Sunday, March 25
In the final games of the week, the Runnin' Lopes beat the Cougars 16-2 and 6-4 to complete a six game series sweep of WNCC. Womeldorff allowed no earned runs the first game and struck out three for the Lopes, while offensively LCC smacked 15 hits including four doubles (Rivera, McCarthy, Royer, Sandoval), two triples (McCarthy, Royer) and two home runs (Royer, Cruz). Three Runnin' Lopes batted .1000 in the game including sophomores McCarthy (4-for-4) and Samantha McDonald (2-for-2), and freshman Woolsey (3-for-3). Royer also recorded a game-high seven RBI for the Lopes. In the second and closer match up, the combined pitching staff of Reed, Womack and Royer were able to hold off the Cougar bats as LCC's bats continued to produce at the plate. Sandoval and Royer each contributed two RBIs for the Lopes with a two out double from Sandoval and two run shot from Royer. Sophomore Caitlin McCarthy also went 3-for-4 at the plate with one RBI and sophomore slapper McDonald continued to stay hot, going 2-for-2.
The Runnin' Lopes continue Region IX play this week at home versus McCook Community College on Friday (2 p.m.) and Saturday (noon). LCC is now 26-11 overall and 16-2 in region play.