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  • Lake Center Christian clamps down on Cornerstone Christian in 13-3 win

  • Before their matchup with Cornerstone Christian, Amanda Floyd and Morgen Kyser danced to “Don’t Stop the Party” by rapper Pitbull. Once the game started, the Lake Center Christian battery mates clamped down on the Patriots and refused to let go.

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  • Before their matchup with Cornerstone Christian, Amanda Floyd and Morgen Kyser danced to “Don’t Stop the Party” by rapper Pitbull. Once the game started, the Lake Center Christian battery mates clamped down on the Patriots and refused to let go.
    Floyd allowed just three hits, had two singles of her own and drove in a run and Kyser added two singles, an RBI and a baserunner thrown out trying to steal second as LCCS romped to a 13-3, five-inning win over Cornerstone.
    After an uneven start that saw multiple errors to facilitate a mini-rally that allowed the Patriots (4-13) to push across two runs in the top of the second to tie the game at 2-2, Floyd locked in on the mound and the LCCS offense unleashed a seven-run scoring avalanche that buried Cornerstone in a 9-2 hole.
    “She didn’t have her best stuff tonight for the most part, but I’m glad it came on a night when we didn’t really need her best stuff (to win,” LCCS coach Randy Floyd said. “They’re a team that puts the ball in play and we made a couple of mistakes defensively, but we kept our heads in it.”
    Floyd allowed just two hits, one walk and one run in the final three innings, giving the LCCS offense a chance to end the game early as it battered Cornerstone starter Kiana King for 13 runs on 10 hits, six walks and a hit by pitch.
    In their seven-run second inning, the Tigers started their rally after a strikeout by leadoff hitter Hope Kadlecek. Junior shortstop Emily Hofer was hit by a pitch, advanced to second on one of six passed balls the Patriots allowed on the day, and came home on a single by Brooke Coblentz. Four singles and two walks later, seven runners had crossed the plate as Kyser, Lindsey Kline and Hofer all drove in runs in the frame. Twelve hitters came to the plate in the inning and neither King nor her teammates were able to recover.
    LCCS brought the game to an end when freshman Hannah Imsicke, batting for Frasier, slid home safely in a cloud of dust with one out in the bottom of the fifth, triggering the 10-run rule.
    The win came on the heels of a tough doubleheader sweep the Tigers suffered two days prior against Malvern. A pair of one-run defeats left the Tigers (12-8) with a bad taste in their mouths despite receiving the second seed in the Copley Division IV district draw the following day.
    “Those were gut-wrenching losses,” Floyd said of the losses to Malvern. “Defensively we played very well and we had good pitching from Amanda in the first game and Emily (Hofer) in the second game and we just didn’t hit the ball. I’m glad the team bounced back and it’s always good to get a win.”
    Page 2 of 2 - In the midst of the offensive surge, one in which every batter in the lineup reached base at least once and all but two batters recorded at least one hit, Floyd pointed to the production from the bottom of the lineup as a harbinger of what the Tigers need to happen if they are to make an extended tournament run.
    Allyssa Kerchner (two walks, run), Kline (single, walk, run), Brechbuhler (walk, run) and Kadlecek (single, RBI, SB) all chipped in from the bottom four spots in the lineup and more contributions from that part of the order will be vital against the higher-quality opponents the Tigers will see as they enter the postseason.
    “What was really nice to see was the bottom part of the order picking up the slack and getting us some offense, some runs and RBI,” Floyd said. “That’s one thing we’re hoping to build on. Just about everybody got a hit today and that’s what we need to build on, confidence-wise.”
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