The Lakewood Lancers looked like four-time Moore League champions on Thursday at Joe Rodgers Stadium. Freshman pitcher Cassie Perryman struck out a career-high 14 batters while the Lancers pounded out 10 hits and put the game away in the seventh inning of a 7-0 victory.
The Lancers hit the ball hard all day, but stellar defense from Wilson (7-7, 2-1) and center fielder Arisa Cleaveland kept it close before Lakewood (8-4, 3-0) scored three times in the last inning. Lancer sophomore Taylor Pack had two hits, two RBIs and a run scored.
“We talk about being aggressive (on offense) but you have to be born with it,” Pack said. “We’re aggressive people.”
Pack and seniors C.J. Apacible and Kristen Hernandez strung together three hits in the first inning before senior Mariah Sheffield’s 2 RBI single to left center field put Lakewood up 3-0.
Perryman struggled with her control throughout the game while keeping Wilson hitter off balance. She walked two and struck out two in the first inning. The freshman also struck out 11 of the first 19 batters she faced, and struck out six in a row from the fourth to the sixth inning. She walked five and allowed two hits.
“When her back is against the wall Perryman can really compete,” Lakewood coach Andy Miramontes said. “Her ball moves a lot and she’s learning to get them to swing at her pitches.”
Perryman stranded four runners in scoring position but didn’t give up her first hit until the sixth inning. Wilson used a single, a walk and a hit by pitch in the seventh inning to load the bases and end Perryman’s day after 6 2/3 innings. Hernandez came out of the bullpen to record the final out.
“I try not to get nervous by trusting my teammates and my training,” Perryman said. “It’s a mindset and I was just trying to push through.”
Wilson starter Joette Vega settled down after the first inning and pitched three scoreless innings before Apacible tripled to lead off the fifth and Pack scored her with a sacrifice fly to center. Cleaveland made one her sliding catches on the play. The Bruins had 14 hits in a mercy rule win over Poly last week.
“We had everything but the offense today,” Wilson coach Jamie Gomez said. “This team believes it can play with anyone.”
Lakewood showed how deep it is in the seventh inning when senior Kailee Quezada and sophomore Clarissa Salazar came off of the bench for RBI hits.
MILLIKAN 1, POLY 0
It took nine innings for the Rams (10-10, 3-1 Moore League) to get onto the scoreboard and defeat the visiting Jackrabbits (4-9, 2-2). Millikan sophomore pitcher Gretchen Goldsmith went the distance in her second extra innings game of the season and struck out 10.
“She’s really been stepping up for us and was the one to get the job done,” Millikan coach Akemi Fleming said.
Poly senior Quinn Marchio also pitched a complete game and scattered 10 hits until the ninth inning when senior Isabella Filorio singled through the left side to score junior Itzel Soto for the walk-off win. Millikan and Wilson are now tied for second in league and play at Millikan on Tuesday.