The Indian Lake Lakers are going to the state final four in softball for the first time in school history after beating Miami East in the Regional Final Saturday afternoon 6-0.
Indian Lake used the strong pitching of Madison Brentlinger and their solid defense to wear down the Vikings.
Both teams struggled to find base runners until Indian Lake started warming up in the fourth inning.
Mackenzie Dixon led off with a single. With one out, Halle Roby laced a hit and wound up on second putting runners on 2nd and 3rd. Hannah Marlow grounded to second and Miami East conceded the run getting Marlow at first. The Lakers were on the board 1-0.
Indian Lake scored in again the fifth thanks to a 2-out RBI by Mackenzie Dixon scoring Haylee Edwards.
The Lakers busted it open in the bottom of the sixth scoring 4 times with RBIs from Elliott, Dixon, and Brentlinger.
Brentlinger had no trouble in the 7th mowing down the Vikings 1-2-3 for the complete game shutout. Her final line was 7 innings pitched, 2 hits, 3 strikeouts, and 0 walks. She didn’t allow a runner to reach third and retired the side in order 5 of the 7 innings.
Through the tournament Indian Lake has four shutouts through five games and has only allowed 2 runs.
Mackenzie Dixon was 4 for 4 with 4 singles, 2 RBIs, and 2 runs scored.
The Lakers will face Johnstown in the Division III State Semi-Final Thursday morning June 1, at 10:00 a.m. from Akron’s Firestone Stadium.