Off to one of the best starts in its brief school history, Lakeshore High School’s softball team suffered a setback against Albany on Monday afternoon.
The second-ranked team in the latest Class 4A LHSAA power rankings, Lakeshore fell to Albany 6-0 in a nondistrict matchup.
Albany’s Payge Pevey was the story of the game, throwing a one-hit shutout. Teammate Kaci Payne provided much of the offense, going 3-for-4 and a triple short of the cycle.
Albany (13-7) got on the scoreboard in its first at-bat. With one out, Payne homered and Pevey had an RBI single to give the Hornets an early 2-0 lead.
Payne struck again in the second inning with an RBI double, and Albany added an unearned run in the third inning to make it 4-0.
Pevey (11-6) was nearly perfect in the circle, allowing a single hit in the fifth inning, striking out two and not walking a batter.
Freshman Tracy Marshaw (7-3) picked up the loss in the circle, allowing four runs (two earned) on eight hits in three innings. Marshaw struck out one and didn’t walk a batter.
Despite the loss to the Class 3A opponent, the Titans are expected to be near the top of the next power rankings when they come out later this week.
Since the inception of the school in 2009, Lakeshore (10-4, 3-0 8-4A) has failed to get out of the first round of the playoffs, something Titans coach Nick McIntosh said he believes will change in 2015.
“Right now, we are just trying not to look too forward down the road,” McIntosh said. “We want to take one game at a time, and then hopefully that puts us in Sulphur for the state tournament. We have been hitting the ball really well lately, but when you play a team like Albany that you beat by eight runs in a previous matchup and you only get one hit, it is tough to win.”
The Titans will look to bounce back with a win Tuesday afternoon when they host Salmen.
“We have a young team,” McIntosh said. “They don’t linger about losses, and they know we have another game just around the corner. I have a great bunch of girls and they will put this game behind them, learn the lessons needed and be ready to play against Salmen on Tuesday.
“Having such a young team, we are experiencing growing pains for sure. That is just part of growing up. Once our team matures, I think is going to be real exciting.
“We have to get to that maturity level where we can come out to the ballpark every single day and swing the bats well every single day. With a young team sometimes it is difficult to keep that mindset on winning every single game.”