Lamont, McKenzie erupt as Pine Plains softball wins big

Lamont, McKenzie erupt as Pine Plains softball wins big

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Lamont, McKenzie erupt as Pine Plains softball wins big

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Millbrook's Abby Hackbarth, left, goes to throw the ball to the infield while teammates Ciera Lamont, center, and Tiffany Race, right, get back into position during Monday's game against Pine Plains.

Millbrook’s Abby Hackbarth, left, goes to throw the ball to the infield while teammates Ciera Lamont, center, and Tiffany Race, right, get back into position during Monday’s game against Pine Plains.

Millbrook's Sierra Guardiola slices the ball down the first base line during Monday's game against Pine Plains.

Millbrook’s Sierra Guardiola slices the ball down the first base line during Monday’s game against Pine Plains.

They don’t call ‘em the Bombers for nothing.

Well, really, the nickname has been around for some time and it likely has very little to do with Pine Plains having a high-scoring softball team.

Coincidental as it might be, that still is a name befitting this relentless offense.

It was bombs away again on Monday as Pine Plains rolled in a 22-0 win over host Millbrook High School.

“We’ve been a good hitting team throughout the years,” Bombers coach Les Funk said. “But we need to be more consistent and we have the potential to be better.”

Pitchers shudder at the thought.

Pine Plains' Alex McKenzie winds up a throw during Monday's game against Millbrook.

Pine Plains’ Alex McKenzie winds up a throw during Monday’s game against Millbrook.

So good is Pine Plains’ lineup that Michaella Lamont, a feared hitter, bats near the bottom of the order. She went 3 for 5 with a double and three RBI. Speaking of getting better…

“She’s always been able to hit the ball hard,” Funk said of the senior, “but this year she’s improved on driving the ball the other way and going with pitches.”

Two of Lamont’s hits went to the opposite field, including a booming double to right-center. Freshman Alex McKenzie was 2 for 4 with a triple and three RBI, and Cat Simmons went 2 for 4 with two RBI for the Bombers (7-3).

Lest we forget, McKenzie also was commanding in the circle during the five-inning contest. Despite not having pitched in a week, she worked her fastball and changeup effectively, striking out 14 and holding Millbrook to two hits.

Stephen Haynes: shaynes@poughkeepsiejournal.com, 845-437-4826, Twitter: @StephenHaynes4

Pine Plains' Haley Strung slides safely into home while Millbrook's Abby Hackbarth waits for the throw during Monday's game.

Pine Plains’ Haley Strung slides safely into home while Millbrook’s Abby Hackbarth waits for the throw during Monday’s game.

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