Lebanon softball falls in district championship

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The Lebanon softball team captured second place in the Missouri Class 4 District 10 Softball Tournament on Friday at Willard High School. Pictured above is the LHS softball team with their second place plaque.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

shing with double-digit wins since 2013, the Lebanon High School softball team fell to the Camdenton Lakers in the Missouri Class 4 District 10 Softball Tournament on Friday at Willard High School, 10-0 in five innings.

Lebanon (12-14) has not been in the district championship game since the 2010 season, and according to head softball coach Stanley Crum, there was no record of Lebanon winning a district title with records going back only until 2005.

“I thought our team performed very well this season and I couldn't be more proud of them,” Crum said. “We had players really step up their game this season in comparison with last season and saw a continuation of strong play from a couple of our seniors.”

The Lakers did most of their damage in the second inning, as Camdenton (21-9) exploded for seven runs, including home runs from Haile Farris, Faith Rakes and Emma Uthe. CHS racked up 10 total hits with Farris leading the way with four RBIs after her grand slam home run in the second inning.

To go along with her four RBIs, Farris racked up 14 strikeouts on the bump and only allowed three hits.

“We played a very talented, experienced team in Camdenton,” Crum said. “They have a lot of experience playing in pressure situations, something I hope we gained from playing in that atmosphere.”

“Our girls were a little bit nervous and tight, especially early in the game where we committed a couple of very costly errors that put us down 7-0. Overall, we played very well other than that second inning and set the stage to make another run at it next year.”

In the semifinal contest on Thursday, the ‘Jackets run-ruled the Waynesville Tigers 13-3 in five innings to advance to the championship. The Tigers had defeated Lebanon earlier in the season at Boswell Park, 14-0.

“In the Waynesville game our girls showed up with extreme focus and confidence,” Crum said. “We had heard the whole week before the game about how Waynesville had destroyed us earlier in the season and how we could expect more of the same.

Senior Cally Blattel delivered a three-run inside the park home run to seal the game for LHS.

“Our girls took that very personal and came out to make a statement and they did so in a big way. We hit the ball very well and have been doing so for much of the second half of the season.”

The ‘Jackets will say goodbye to four seniors, including Blattel, Kailyn Hazlewood, Avery Hlavacek and Shannon Jenkins that made a lasting impact on the Lebanon softball program for years to come.

“We had a great group of seniors this season and will miss all four of them tremendously next year,” Crum said. “They set the tone and provided a lot of leadership. I am happy that they were able to end their senior year with a great second half of the season.”

Heading into the offseason, Crum said he is hoping to see the five starters he returns work hard, and expects the upcoming freshmen classes to be talented.

“Next season will be a great challenge and we will have to look towards a youth movement in order to compete,” Crum said. “We should have some very talented freshmen classes coming in the next few seasons as we attempt to reload and compete.”

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