Early Lafayette lead too much for Lady Wave

Staff Writer

As it did in the previous meeting, Lafayette jumped out to an early lead and coasted to victory, this one a 12-0 blanking of West Point Lady Wave softball Tuesday.

While Lafayette collected 12 hits, it benefited most from a dominating pitching performance from Madisyn Cobbs, who allowed one hit, one hit batsman while fanning nine. West Point freshman Marquesha Starks got the lone hit, a fifth-inning single to break up a no-hitter. Hannah Myers was hit by a pitch in the same inning as the Lady Wave mounted a mild threat. Tonia Randle reached on an error in the fourth and stole second and third for the only other West Point base runner.

In claiming the district win, Lafayette scored four in the first and four in the second and completed the scoring with one in the fourth and three in the fifth. Of the 12 runs, only three were earned as the visitors benefited from seven West Point errors.

Junior Wave pitcher Sara Dexter had her usual efficiency, throwing just 77 pitches in five innings with 75 percent of those for strikes, She walked one and struck out one.

The defense did turn a double play behind her.