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Lakota East beats Westerville Central, advances to state finals

The Lakota East High softball team downed Westerville Central 4-3 on Friday to advance to advance to the Division I state title game. PHOTO BY @OHSAASports

AKRON — The Lakota East High softball team will play for a Division I state championship.

The Thunderhawks defeated Westerville Central 4-3 in the state semifinals on Saturday at Akron’s Firestone Stadium.

Lakota East is 30-1 and takes on Louisville (26-4) on Saturday at 4 p.m. for the title.

Westerville Central finished the season at 28-3.

The Thunderhawks used a three-run first inning to grab an early 3-1 lead. But Westerville Central scored two in the third inning to tie it up at 3-all.

A Lakota East run in the fourth inning proved to be the difference maker, as the Thunderhawks held on down the stretch. 

Cassidy Hudson went 3-for-4 to lead the Thunderhawks at the plate. Abby Beckham, Abby Niehaus and Hailey Holtman each collected hits for Lakota East, which played errorless defense in the field.

Sydney Larson fanned 8 batters, earning the victory in the pitcher’s circle.

WC  1 0 2 0 0 0 0 — 3 6 1

LE  3 0 0 1 0 0 X — 4 6 0

Winning Pitcher (LE) — Larson; Losing Pitcher (WC) — Ruck; HRs (WC) — Schumacher 1

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