Chayse Pearson tosses a complete game in Lakeridges 3-1 victory

The Lakeridge softball team couldn't have gotten off to a much better start in league last Monday.

The Pacers scored early and received a terrific pitching performance from Chayse Pearson to knock off the Cougars 3-1 at home.

After getting out of a jam in the top of the first inning, the Pacers strong in the bottom of the inning.

Katie Barton led off with a base hit and she and Sammy Danchok scored runs with Kaylin Rooney providing a clutch RBI single, putting Lakeridge up 2-0 early.

“The girls discuss their goals for the game beforehand and they said that they wanted to score first,” coach Mickenzie Alden said.

Canby didn't struggled putting the ball in play but the Pacer defense did its job, playing nearly flawlessly and turning in key plays at clutch times.

“Chayse definitely used her defense which is something we talked about. She got ahead of batters early and threw a lot of ground balls and pop ups. I think Katie Barton had about eight balls hit to her at third base,” Alden said.

Canby put runners on base in nearly every inning and left 10 runners stranded in the game.

But Pearson didn't do anything to hurt her cause, limiting walks and pitching to her defense, one of the team's biggest strengths this season.

Lakeridge tacked on an insurance run in the fifth inning when Shequina Boe crossed the plate and Pearson continued to bear down on the Canby offense, keeping the Cougar hitters off balance.

Pearson pitched all seven innings for the complete game victory.

The win is a big confidence booster to the Pacers who struggled last year but had high hopes of being very competitive in the league.

“The girls were telling each other to look at where we are in the standings now and to believe that this is where we should stay,” Alden said.

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