A long drive to Mauston was the destination of the Lakeland Union High School softball team’s first game against Argyle on Thursday, March 28. 

The Thunderbirds started off strong with two runs in the bottom of the second inning. 

But that was quickly followed up two innings later in the top of the fourth with three runs by Argyle, taking a 3-2 lead.

Then the Thunderbirds countered in the bottom of the fifth with one of their own. Freshman Naomi Hammerla homered, giving them their first long bomb of the season.

“There’s no question Naomi had some great couple catches in the outfield and had a homer to deep center field,” coach Jason Morris said.

But it wasn’t enough as Argyle scored two more runs in the sixth and one in the seventh to win the game by a score of 6-3. Both teams combined for only five hits, but combined for nine walks.

Pitcher Tatum Morris started the game off for Lakeland going four innings of two-hit ball, but walking three with one earned run. She was followed by Jenna Seidl who went three hitless innings, but gave up one earned run and walked five. They both had six strikeouts each.

“When they threw well they threw well and when they didn’t throw well it wasn’t pretty,” coach Morris said. “Too many walks.”

One new position player who fared well was catcher Kyli Updike. She started as catcher for the first part of the game before Tatum Morris finished the rest of the game.

“Kyli did a good job behind the plate for the first four innings,” coach Morris said.

There is plenty to work on as this young season unfolds for the Thunderbird softball team. Going back to look at this game will be important to that process.

“Go and look at the scorebook and see where there were bright spots and get to work,” Morris said. “As long as they are making improvements and making strides forward that’s all we can ask of them.” 

More opportunities will present themselves as the Thunderbirds prepare for more games. 

Brett LaBore may be reached at brett@lakelandtimes.com or sports@lakelandtimes.com.