KENT CITY — The ending of Lakeview’s softball season came down to a lack of run support.
The Wildcats saw their season end in the Division 3 district with a 4-1 loss to the Kent City Eagles in the Eagles’ district tournament.
Kent City built a 4-0 lead before a Kirsten Johnson triple in the fifth was followed up by a Justice Rummel double to score Lakeview’s only run.
“They (Kent City) had a timely hit in the first that plated two and another timely hit in the second that plated one,” Lakeview coach Daryl Johnson said. “They had a timely hit when they needed it.”
That wasn’t the case for the Wildcats, who finished the season with an overall record of 9-25.
“The speed of the pitching was quite slow and we weren’t patient at the plate and kept hitting a lot of pop-ups and ground balls,” Johnson said. “We couldn’t string any hits together.”
Johnston tried to get his team to wait on the ball.
“I just kept talking to the kids to be more patient at the plate,” he said. “ Some had success at it and some didn’t. The bottom line is we couldn’t string any hits together. It hurts you when you’re constantly grounding out.”
Kirsten Johnson took the loss on the mound, going all seven innings and walking three with 10 strikeouts and seven hits allowed.
“She pitched a really good ball game,” Daryl Johnson said of his daughter.
Lakeview pounded out eight hits overall, led by Kirsten Johnson and Vaughn Martens with two each.
Daryl Johnson gave credit to Kent City, which Lakeview played in the Central State Activities Association Silver Division during the regular season.
“They’re a decent ball team. We split with them during the year,” Johnson said. “They’re a pesky, grind-it-out team. They play a lot of small ball and they were up to the task.”