The Lake Placid Green Dragons made short work of the Avon Park Red Devils during Monday’s Class 4A-District 10 tournament game, winning 17-0 in two-and-a-half innings and the game was called due to the mercy rule.
“The girls were ready to play,” said Lake Placid coach Alesia Cheshire. “They were hitting well.”
The Green Dragons put the game away in the first inning, scoring 15 runs and Lake Placid never looked back, ending the game minutes before an ugly thunderstorm hit the area.
The Green Dragons were hopeful of getting the game in so that the Red Devils wouldn’t have to return just to play several innings.
“The girls saw it coming,” Cheshire said.
Holly Krett earned the win in the circle for the Green Dragons, while everybody contributed to the offensive outburst.
“Laine (Weber-Callahan) and Annie (Weber-Callahan) both had some good hits,” Cheshire said. “Raveen Gobourne and Taylor Test had some nice hits; they were all doing their job.”
Cheshire said it’s definitely a different Lake Placid team than the one that struggled a bit out of the gate, as the late arrival of the players who played basketball and other issues—including the terminal illness of Cheshire’s mother—all played a role in the team’s sluggish start.
“The girls knew what I was going through, and am still going through every day” she said. “I have a fantastic group of girls and they’re all so warm-hearted. We all work together and it’s hard when your coach is not there.”
The Green Dragons have been working hard on their hitting and Cheshire said they’ve been doing a good job with their inside-outside swings.
With the victory the Green Dragons advanced to Tuesday’s semifinals against Mulberry.