Ace outscores her opponent, strikes out 11 in finals
Indee Lacayo dominated the championship game of the ASA High Sierra softball 13-14 age group, striking out 11 hitters and going 3-for-3 at the plate in an 11-2 win for the Blue Flames over the Black Ice.
Lacayo, 14, overpowered the Ice with an explosive rise-ball and fall-off-the-table drop-ball. Battling through a leg injury that had her stretching before every pitch in the middle innings, she finished strong by striking out the side in the fifth-and-final inning. She even had a rare, four-strikeout inning in the first after one of her victims reached base on a passed ball.
“My leg started hurting in the second inning,” Lacayo said. “It got better around the fourth inning, though.”
After each team scored an unearned run in the first inning, the Flames roared ahead with a seven-run, second inning. The first five batters all reached base, with Gabby Mathews knocking a two-run double and Bernadette Schneeberg blasting an RBI triple. Lacayo got things started with one of her three singles and scored one of her three runs.
The Ice didn’t help themselves during the rally, committing three errors and forcing pitcher Cindy Lucero to do the heavy lifting by striking out three hitters.
Lucero set the Flames down in order in the following inning, but the Flames’ bats came alive in the fourth as they had five hits, all singles, to push across three more runs.
Tierney McKoo1 had the Ice’s only hit, a single to lead off the fourth inning. She later scored on an error as the Ice put two runners on base with no outs, but Lacayo got a fielder’s choice, strikeout and comebacker to end the threat.
“Indee’s been solid all year,” Flames’ coach Tom Schneeberg said. “We know we can count on her.”
Schneeberg and Mathews both had two hits for the Flames, while Shayna Butler had two RBIs and scored a run.