Six different players had two hits, pitcher Kassidy Soulliere tossed a no-hitter and the Lakeview High softball team earned its seventh win of the season in a 9-1, mercy rule victory over David City Aquinas on Tuesday night.
The first six hitters in the Lakeview lineup all had at least two hits, drove in seven of the nine runs and scored all of the runs on a night in which the Lady Vikes put hot swinging bats in motion early and never let up.
In the circle, Soulliere allowed just one base runner on a hit by a pitch and gave up one earned on a wild pitch, but allowed just one baserunner all game. Two others reached on a fielder’s choice and an error.
Lakeview is now 7-5 and has put together six wins in seven games over the past two weeks .s
“(Aquinas) is a good team, and the girls and I have talked the last couple days about how we haven’t beat Aquinas for a few years,” coach Erica Zywiec said afterward. “The last three weeks we’ve been talking about competing and being more competitive because that’s something we haven’t done real well in the past. They just go out there, and they’re ready to hit. They find the pitch they like and they take it.”
That helps to explain an aggressive approach at the plate on Tuesday that saw the Lady Vikes swing at the first pitch in at least half or more of their at-bats.
With six runs in the first inning, and runs in every inning other than the third, it’s hard to argue with what hitters were seeing at the plate.
After Soulliere set the Monarchs down in order in the top half of the first, the Lady Vikes sent 12 hitters to the plate while scoring their six runs on four hits, a walk and three errors.
Emma Williams started the rally with a leadoff walk, Nevaya Metcalfe followed with a single then Kelli Schoch pushed the first run across with a double. First baseman Kaylea Bailey made it 3-0 with another double in the next at-bat and eventually scored on Abbie Scholl’s one-out single.
Soulliere reached base on an error, Kallie Langmack took a pitch off the hip and trotted to first base then runs came in on an error off the bats of Caitlin Buck and Metcalfe.
Aquinas scratched across its lone run in the second with a one-out hit-by-pitch, fielder’s choice then wild pitch scoring courtesy runner Gretchen Koziek.
Lakeview answered with Buck’s two-out, two-run single and Williams’ RBI-single in the next at-bat.
The Lady Vikes stranded two in the third then generated the mercy rule run in the fourth on singles by Williams, Metcalfe and Schoch all in a row.
“We definitely did not play up to our potential the first week we had games. That was kind of part of what we talked about. I think they get comfortable with not being successful,” Zywiec said. “So the last couple weeks we’ve been competing against each other a lot and really driving in the competition aspect of it.”
Williams, Metcalfe, Schoch, Bailey, Scholl and Jessica Sand all had two hits with Schoch and Bailey both driving in two runs and smashing two doubles.
Soulliere struck out six in the circle.
"It's been great having Kassidy. She played volleyball for the last three years, so it's great having her back playing softball," Zywiec said. "She kind of struggled at the beginning, too. A lot of that was confidence on the mound. She's kicking butt right now and setting the tone."
"They've all really stepped up and gotten the job done lately. That's been nice to have."
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor of The Telegram. You can reach him via email at email@example.com