Kennedy Geiger didn’t feel her outing in the pitching circle was one of her bests Tuesday.
But it got the job done and that’s all that mattered for the Lakewood junior.
Geiger contributed at the plate and in the circle as the Vikings posted an 11-5 victory over Laingsburg in an opening-round Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame Softball Classic game Tuesday night at Ranney Park.
Geiger struck out nine during her outing and had a single and two RBI to help Lakewood (19-2) advance to Wednesday’s semifinals.
And although Geiger didn’t pitch her best, she was backed by a Viking offense that generated plenty of early runs. Lakewood scored 10 runs over the first three innings, which included a seven-run third, to take control.
“When we have a good start it kind of just keeps us going throughout the game,” Geiger said. “It keeps our momentum up.”
Ashlyn Livermore, Katelin Senneker, Maranda Barton and Sierra Stoepker also drove in runs for the GLAC-leading Vikings, who are on a mission to win the Classic for the first time in program history.
“It’s a huge goal of ours to get here and actually win this,” first-year Lakewood coach Steve Spetoskey said. “We’ve been close a few times but we want to actually win it.”
Laingsburg, which was playing just its second game in two weeks, scored all five of its runs over the final four innings with Katie Eppard and Michele Hannah each hitting solo home runs. Tyler Adkins, Faye Bayer and Erin Cooper also plated runs for the Wolfpack, who were hurt primarily by the bad third inning.
“We really didn’t give them a lot,” Laingsburg coach Jeff Cheadle said. “We had a couple of errors.They just put balls where we couldn’t make a play. There were some infeld hits and that just kind of snowballed there in that one inning. I liked how we fought right until the end. From the fourth inning on, I thought we played pretty tough. Hopefully that will get us through the rest of the year.”
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