Lakewood softball had to wait 380 days to get true revenge against Wilson, but the Lancers served up the cold dish at Joe Rodgers on Tuesday during a 12-2 Moore League victory in five innings.
Wilson snapped Lakewood’s 65-game league winning streak last season, and Lakewood coach Andy Miramontes said his team has been talking a lot about getting payback.
“We needed to learn from our mistakes,” Miramontes said. “We had to jump on them early and shut the door on them.”
Lakewood scored six runs in the second inning to take an early lead, and five runs in the fifth inning to end the game early. Leadoff hitter Clarissa Salazar delivered big 2-RBI hits in both rallies.
“We didn’t take them easy this year,” Salazar said. “We can’t let what happened last year happen again. We have to keep practicing hard.”
Senior Cassie Camou, junior McKenzie Hutchinson, junior Emilie Martin and sophomore Ali Mota all recorded at least two hits, one RBI and one run scored. Meanwhile, starting pitcher Cassie Perryman shook off a sloppy start to pitch all five innings while allowing four hits and striking out four.
Wilson scored twice in the first inning after a couple of errors by Lakewood. The Bruins got hits from sophomore Hailey Houston, sophomore Sydney Freijanes, senior Michelle Dominguez and sophomore Ava Trachta. They had a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
“We didn’t panic,” Miramontes said. “As a whole this is one of our better senior leadership groups that produces as well. They’re not just leading, they’re doing it with their bats. They play for each other and we’ve got a good vibe right now.”
Lakewood (13-1, 4-0) is still ranked No. 1 in CIF-SS Division 2 and will visit Cabrillo on Thursday while Wilson (8-6, 3-2) takes on second-place Millikan again for the second time in 12 days. The Rams won the first meeting 4-0, and the rematch will be played at Joe Rodgers.