After winning their first tournament game Saturday, June 21, the Lake Placid Dixie Youth 11-12 year old softball team had to wait out some postponements due to inclement weather before taking the field Wednesday night, June 25, to finish things up. And finish they did! They routed Avon Park, 17-0, to take the Dixie Youth District 5 Championship in fine style.
The Lake Placid girls pretty much settled the issue with a seven-run rally in the initial frame. Jacee Turner drove in the first run with a single. Kalisha Jones followed with a resounding triple to left field. Several Lake Placid runners walked, reached on errors and stole around the bases: Jones, Sariah Barajas and Sydney Wells each demonstrated larceny with their feet.
Ten more runs crossed the plate for Lake Placid in the second inning. Katlynn Wilson singled to right field to get things started. Nitzellie Amaro and Jacee Turner also singled to load the sacks. Jenna Gutierrez doubled over the shortstop’s head and cleared the bases. Kalisha Jones drove in two runs with a double and stole home as well. Sydney Wells singled, Payton Wright’s double to center field plated two more runs and Kylie Elliot’s triple to right closed out the scoring for the champions.
In a display of sportsmanship, the Lake Placid team failed to tally in the third and fourth innings.
Coach Reggie Jones lauded the team’s defensive play as well. Payton Wright pitched the first three innings, allowing one hit, striking out four and walking two with Nitzellie Amaro coming on in relief in the fourth.
Jacee Turner handled a number of ground balls and threw to Kalisha Jones at first for the resulting outs. Catcher Sariah Barajas threw out a runner trying for second. Sarah Harris held Avon Park’s only hit in the game to a single with a sterling play in the outfield.
“You had to have seen the last play of the game to believe it,” said Coach Reggie Jones. “The batter hit a pop-up to the infield. Our first baseman, catcher pitcher and second baseman all converged and waited for the ball to come down. Our first baseman caught it to end the game.”
Lake Placid’s tournament opened last weekend with a 15-1 win over Avon Park, a victory in which Kalisha Jones and Nitzellie Amaro collaborated to pitch a four-inning no-hitter.
The 11-12’s move on to State Tournament action July 10-15 in Okeechobee.