On a picture perfect day for softball, LaGrange High School hit another growth spurt.
The Lady Grangers hit some fastballs and some riseballs, too. Struggling LaGrange High stunned the normally high flying Lady Tigers, 8-2 in a Region 5AAAA game at Granger Park on Tuesday afternoon.
It was a softball shocker in the sun.
“We came out strong. We got some bunts down, and we hit the ball. We live to beat Troup. This (win) is going to bring us all together,” Lady Granger senior shortstop Lauren Kuerzi said of the 4-8 LaGrange High team.
The Troup High Lady Tigers were almost speechless after the game. The Lady Tigers, 7-4 on the season and 1-2 in the region, were stunned. Troup High was also beaten by a team with a losing record.
“We made some stupid errors, and LaGrange hit the ball a lot better. We have to clean up our errors,” said Lady Tiger shortstop Kayla Lane.
Troup made five errors in the game. In the bottom of the sixth inning, LaGrange High freshman Katelynn Mobley scored on a single and a Lady Tiger three-base error.
The Lady Tigers had one mere lead in the game at 10. Troup rallied in the top of the second inning behind a Skye Loftin single to center field, a sacrifice bunt from senior Kinley Stanford and a LaGrange High wild pitch. That scored the Lady Tigers first run.
In the bottom of the second inning the game turned forever more to LaGrange, however, with a two-run homer to left field from Lady Granger junior second baseman Shaq Sutton. LaGrange High was then staked to a 2-1 lead.
“That (home run) changed the whole momentum. Shaq kept her hands in and drove it,” said Lady Granger head softball coach Gabby Heath.
LaGrange High then put the game on ice in the bottom of the third with a five-run inning. There were three walks in the inning – to Kuerzi, LHS sophomore catcher Destiny Fitzpatrick and Sutton.
The Lady Grangers also came up swinging with hits from Te’a Winston, Mo Strozier and sophomore pitcher Hannah Karcher in the third inning.
“We put the ball in play. We were consistent for the entire seven innings. This was our first region win, and we defended our home field. I’m excited for them,” Heath said of the Lady Grangers (1-2 in the region).
Chris Fernsler Sports Writer