Kennedy Geiger and the Lakewood softball team have a goal of winning each tournament it competes in this spring.
The Vikings still remain in the hunt to do that after picking up one of their biggest wins of the season.
Lakewood advanced to the championship game of the Greater Lansing Sports Hall of Fame Softball Classic by posting a 4-0 victory over defending champion Holt in a semifinal Wednesday evening at Ranney Park.
“I think we came in as a bit of an underdog,” Lakewood senior catcher Emily Barker said. “We really wanted to come in and show what Lakewood softball is all about. We’re really happy to be playing these well-respected programs. Holt is a great team so to come in here and show them what we do is a really good feeling.”
Geiger hurled a complete game shutout to give Lakewood (20-2) a chance to play for its first Softball Classic championship Friday against DeWitt. Geiger, a junior, struck out nine during her outing. Holt (24-6) didn’t have a runner advance past second base in the contest.
“That wasn’t us. We’ve had very few games where we’ve not scored runs,” Holt coach Kim Reichard said. “We just didn’t get the key hit when needed.
“(Geiger) definitely had some good movement. We weren’t attacking the ball, period.”
The lack of offense for the Rams spoiled another strong outing by senior pitcher Bry Chapman, who struck out 11 in six innings.
Lakewood scored an early run against the Rams, taking advantage of a leadoff walk in the first. Geiger had a two-out double that scored Ashtyn Livermore for what proved to be the game-winning run.
“That was a big momentum starter,” Geiger said. “It really got us going.”
The Vikings tacked on insurance runs in each the fifth and sixth innings. Lakewood capitalized on a pair of errors and scored on Katelin Senneker’s sacrifice fly in the fifth. Sierra Stoepker had a two-RBI double in the sixth.
That provided all the cushion needed for Geiger, who retired the final six Holt batters in order to wrap up the shutout.
“(This win is) pretty big,” first-year Lakewood coach Steve Spetoskey said. “They are a good program and they have been. Kim does a pretty nice job with them. We knew we had to play a good game to take them on.”
And Lakewood did just to give itself a chance to make history Friday.
“Besides the postseason play, this is definitely the most well-respected tournament in the area,” Barker said. “We definitely are bringing our best game. Friday night we’re looking to play some softball and take care of business.”
Contact Brian Calloway at firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him on Twitter @brian_calloway.