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Softball clinches district championship, baseball falls to Sherman

Katie Dolberry
Senior third baseman no. 15 Dylan Collins makes contact with a pitch from Sherman’s junior no. 14 Drake Dodder. The pitch was caught in centerfield, Collins had two walks in the game.

The varsity softball and baseball teams played on Tuesday, with the softball team winning their away game against Denison with a score of 7-1, and the baseball team losing their home game against Sherman 4-3.

“We really wanted to face Denison again because the first time we lost to them,” sophomore shortstop Hannah Harvey said. “Overall, as a team, everyone stepped up and contributed in some form or fashion.”

Sophomore pitcher Jade Owens pitched a total of eight strikeouts with two of them being in the first inning.

“The game went really well,” junior third baseman Emma Bittlelestone said. “On defense, we had a few errors, but ultimately we played very well in clutch situations, and our pitchers dominated on the mound.”

Hannah Harvey went two for three with a triple when batting and freshman Kamryn Messick went two for four with three RBI’s. 

“Our batting game was strong, and Hannah’s triple was huge,” freshman outfielder Kennadi Deboer said. “Right now, we are looking forward to the championship. We’ve worked so hard to get here, and we are just over the top excited.”

While the baseball team was defeated by Sherman, they continue to hold a higher district standing than Sherman at third place. 

“We didn’t have the best game,” junior outfielder Trent Rucker said. “Our pitchers didn’t touch 80 [mph], and it was just a rough game.”

On Mondays and Thursdays, the team goes over scouting reports of their opponents to prepare for their games.

“We have hard practices and inner squads against teammates to see live pitching,” junior outfielder Kolby Branch said. “We also make sure to get in as much competition in practice, so the starters don’t get complacent in their spots on the team.”

This loss evens the team’s record out to seven wins and seven losses on the season so far.

“Our defense didn’t show up like we usually do,” Rucker said. “I think it was a huge wake up call, and we are going to pull it together and have a great rest of the season.”

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Christian Giordano
Christian Giordano, LJP Staff, LIVE! Crew (Technical Director)

Sophomore Christian Giordano returns for his second year as the Technical Director for LJP LIVE! crew as well as the Producer/Writer for Leopard Re-Cap. Christian loves to spend as much time as he can at ice rinks and is very passionate about ice hockey. After winning a hockey state championship in Illinois while he was living in Chicago, Giordano moved to Lucas and won a state championship with Lovejoy. This season, Giordano will play hockey on the varsity team as the starting goaltender. Besides playing hockey, Giordano loves writing and hanging out with his friends. If you can’t find him at the rink, you can probably find him spending time with his two cats. Giordano is excited to continue to pursue his passion for journalism this year.

Katie Dolberry
Katie Dolberry, Section Editor
Heading into her second year on staff, senior Katie Dolberry is excited to take on the role of sports editor and photographer. She would like to pursue journalism as a sports broadcaster. Outside of the newsroom, Katie puts her height and long wingspan to use by playing post in basketball and first base in softball; she is also a part of PALS. More often than not, Katie can be found talking to her Sky Ranch friends or talking about camp in general. If you were to drive past her, you would likely hear her jamming to lots of country music. Katie is also a chapstick addict and has some in her pocket 24/7. Her favorite flavor is candy cane. More things Katie loves include chocolate, bucket hats, throwing the football, Bible journaling, picnics with friends and the sky. Katie cannot wait to see what her second year on staff has to offer.

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