East softball beats West, advances to state Final Four

The Lakota East High softball team celebrates after winning a regional title against rival Lakota West on Saturday. PHOTO BY @EAST_HAWKS

CENTERVILLE — The Lakota East High softball team is heading to the Division I state Final Four.

The Thunderhawks knocked off their Greater Miami Conference and cross-town rival Lakota West Firebirds 2-1 on Saturday in a regional final contest at Centerville.

Lakota East takes on Westerville Central on Friday, May 31 at 10 a.m. in the state semifinals. Louisville takes on Elyria in the other state semifinal contest.

Cassidy Hudson and Ali Lewis each scored a run for East, which moved to 29-1. Abby Niehaus and Hailey Holtman had RBIs to help the Thunderhawks on offense.

Lakota East pitcher Sydney Larson fanned five batters.

K.K. Mathis struck out four batters for Lakota West, which finished the season at 22-8. Alyssa Triner scored a run, while Ariah Peregrina had an RBI to pace the Firebirds at the plate.

Lakota West 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 4 0

Lakota East  1 0 0 1 0 0 X — 2 7 1

Winning Pitcher — Larson (LE); Losing Pitcher — Mathis (LW)

This story was updated at 10:59 p.m. on Saturday, May 25, 2019.

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