ROBINSON — The Lake Land softball is once again Great Rivers Athletic Conference champions after winning three games against Lincoln Trail on Tuesday.
Lake Land won a rain-suspended game 19-0 and then continued to shutout LTC the rest of the day. Emily Oestreich threw a perfect game in the 18-0 game one win and then Lake Land rolled to a 15-0 win in the second game.
Lake Land improved to 49-11 overall and are 33-3 in the GRAC. Wabash Valley still has two games left in GRAC play, so if they win both of those, Lake Land will share the GRAC title with Wabash Valley. If Wabash Valley loses one game tomorrow, Lake Land will be the outright GRAC champions.
"This is probably been the toughest (title). Wabash has the best team they've had the best team since I've been the coach. John A. Logan is by far has the best team they've had since I've been here," Lake Land coach Nic Nelson said. "It's really fun to have the competition to have this competition in the GRAC and the Region."
Lake Land hosts first-round Region 24 games on Friday now against either Frontier or Kaskaskia. The games start at 2 p.m. on Friday. If Wabash Valley wins both games tomorrow, the Region 24 No. 1 seed goes down to a four-way tiebreaker, which is record again junior college teams. Nelson didn't know if it was based on total wins or winning percentage. If it's most wins, Lake Land will get the No. 1 seed. Winning percentage goes to Wabash Valley.
Oestreich dominated the first game with a perfect game. She struck out 13 batters. Then Nelson had Oestreich pitch the second game and she gave up only two hits, which came in the final inning. She struck out nine batters in the second game.
"Emily had a perfect game going into the second game and gave up two hits in the last inning," Nelson said. "We kinda planned on doing that because we want to get her ready for the tournament of pitching two games in the day. We did okay I guess. We didn't play very well against Logan and then we didn't play much competition before then. Then our practice before that wasn't good. We need to have more intense practices."
In the first game, Addison Baele drove in two runs, Tegan Murphy was 3-for-3 with three RBIs, Alina Lance hit a home run and had three RBIs. Kendra Gengenbacher hit a home run, scored three times and had four RBIs and Monica Menas scored twice.
In the second game, Sam Valentine was 3-for-4 with three runs and three RBIs, Murphy hit a home run, scored twice and had four RBIs, Lance had four RBIs and Gengenbacher was 2-for-4 with a home run, two runs and a RBI.
Lake Land baseball drops two to LTC
ROBINSON — The Lake Land baseball team was swept by Lincoln Trail 13-2 and 11-0 on Tuesday. Lake Land falls to 15-28 overall and 8-16 in the Great Rivers Athletic Conference. It was the 11th straight loss for the Lakers.