Lakerball Livestream: BASE-Southwestern Illlinois vs. Lake Land

Nathan Rohmann

Nathan Rohmann

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Lady Lakers opened big at the 2013 National Finals

Tuesday, December 26, 2017

A recent Lakerball cover depicted what a great opening game Laker Softball had at the 2013 National Finals at Canyons Complex in St. George, Utah.

The image featured (from left to right): Cherise Boyd, Kristi Belshe, Melanie Steer, and Rachel Keller.

Who knows what all the smiles of that moment were actually about, but could've easily been a game-long reaction to how well Lake Land performed that May 15, 2013.

Lake Land routed Iowa Western Community College, 10-2.

Alexandria Smith
Every Lady Laker on the lineup card had at least one hit in a game where two pitchers worked the circle.

Kayla Kirkpatrick started the game with Alexandria Smith coming on in relief and qualifying for the win.

Kirkpatrick went two and two-thirds innings but had some control issues that prompted a change to Smith. Kirkpatrick would finish the season ranking 19th in the nation among NJCAA DI pitchers via her stingy 1.32 ERA. Kirkpatrick would also end up ranking 8th in Total Wins with 27 and 8th in Shutouts with nine.

Melanie Steer
Smith worked four and a third innings, allowing no runs while striking out five. Smith finished her season ranking 12th in the country for Shutouts with eight and 19th in the land for her 22 wins.

Steer put the Lady Lakers on the scoreboard in the top of the first inning, lacing a two-RBI single to right field, scoring both Keller and Boyd.

The game-winning hit would come early, in the second inning, off the bat of Belshe, who went the opposite way with a two-run homer to left field, teammate Meaghan Touchette scoring the game winning run ahead of Belshe.

The Lady Reivers plated twice in the bottom of the second to close the gap to 4-2, but it was all Lake Land for the five remaining innings.

Emily (Bishop) Gower
Emily (Bishop) Gower cracked a bases loaded single to left field in the fifth, bringing home Rebecca (Patterson) Stoedter from third base to push Lake Land ahead, 5-2.

With the bases yet loaded with Vicious Mallards in the fifth, Belshe batted down four coffin nails with a grand slam to center field, scoring Katie Watson, Touchette, and (Bishop) Gower to secure a commanding lead at 9-2.

Touchette would score again, Lake Land's tenth run, in the seventh inning, on a wild throw.

Belshe's big day would go 2-for-5, both hits the homers tallying a half-dozen RBI, and scored a couple runs herself.
Meaghan Touchette

Belshe finished the season ranking #1 in the nation (NJCAA Softball Division I) in Batting Average at .509,  Slugging Percentage at .645, and Total Hits with 111.

Keller went 2-for-4 with a double, scoring once.

The only other Lady Laker to have a multi-hit game (everyone had at least one hit) was Touchette, who had the best batting average for the game, her 2-for-3 contribution computing to .667.

Skyler (Woods) Christine
A less known statistic of the game was that Touchette scored the most of any Lady Laker, reaching base four times and plating three times, making good use of her two singles and a walk.

Not mentioned above but also part of the hit parade was Skyler (Woods) Christine, who went 1-for-4 that evening.

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