By Tyler Peterson
The Lady Tigers had a five-game week to close out the regular season with a slug of POI Conference games to decide the conference champion. Coach Stoaks’ ladies traveled to Corning on Monday afternoon to make up a game from June 25 and took care of business 11-0 in five innings. The Tigers jumped all over Southwest Valley at the place scoring all eleven runs in the first three innings. Camryn Douglas went 2-2 at the plate and scored two runs. The Tigers as a team had just five hits, but they worked the SWV pitchers deep into the count and collected ten walks as a team. While on base the pressure was continuously put on the Wolves as the Tigers stole seven bases. Tyra Stoaks was back in the circle and collected the win going all five innings hurling a one hitter and struck out five.
The Tigers then continued up Highway 148 to take on the CAM Cougars in Anita on Monday Night. Lenox scored three in the second innings and one in the fifth inning to take home their second win of the day 4-1. Stoaks was again dominate in the circle giving up just two hits and striking out a season high 17 batters. The 17 Ks coupled with the two hits outlines a game of 21 outs completely controlled by Stoaks and the Tiger Defense. McKinna Hogan and Morgan Parrish both had two hits for the Tigers and Parrish scored two runs. Other runs scored came from Brooklynn Ecklin and Camryn Douglas.
A battle for the Conference Title was on the line as the Tigers returned home to take on the 22-2 overall and undefeated in the POI Mount Ayr Raiderettes. The Raiderettes scored one in the fourth inning and one in the fifth to take a 2-0 lead over the Tigers. Our ladies battled back to score one in the sixth inning, but that was all in a losing effort 2-1. Although a tough loss the Tigers played tough all game against a very tough pitcher Caroline McAlexander. Lauren Christensen was 2-2 at the plate and Kayla Yzagurrie drove in the only Tiger run. Hogan had a hit along with Nelson, who also scored the only run, to round out the offense for Lenox. Stoaks was the losing pitcher allowing four hits, two runs, three walks, and struck out seven in six innings of work.
Although the conference championship was now out of reach with the loss to Mount Ayr the Tigers still needed to close out the rest of the week to cement the number two spot in the conference. The Lady Tiger offense intended and did just that. Lenox collected fifteen total hits as a team. This was one of the most well-balanced hitting performances the Tigers have had all season. Douglas, Nelson, Yzagurrie, Parrish, Ecklin, and Caitlyn Maynes all had multiple. Douglas led the way going 3-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in the 12-2 Victory. Stoaks got the win in the circle giving up three hits and struck out seven.
Friday brought the regular season finale at Bedford. The Tigers scored three in the third, and one in the sixth. Bedford scored one in the bottom of the first, but that was it as the Tigers improved their record to 25-6 and cemented their spot as second in the conference. Stoaks got the win going all seven innings allowing three hits, no earned runs, and struck out thirteen. Hogan, Parrish, Yzagurrie, Maynes, and Christensen all had hits for the Tigers in the win.
The Tigers now head into the post season as the number two seed in the regional and will take on the winner of Griswold and Fremont-Mills Wednesday at home. Tiger Pride and good luck in the post-season ladies!