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Lakers pounce on Panthers

By Staff | Apr 21, 2011

Kristin Heimerl (17) is greeted at home plate by her teammates. The Lakers pounded out five home runs in a doubleheader against Ellsworth on Wednesday. EDN photo by Moriah Hawn

The weather finally cleared up enough to allow at least one sports team back on the field.

The Iowa Lakes softball players took advantage of the break from rain and snow Wednesday to trounce Ellsworth Community College in a doubleheader.

The Lakers pounded out five home runs in two games in defeating the Panthers 10-1 and 9-1. Both games lasted just 5 1/2 innings.

“Our pitchers (Taylor Mackey and Julia Nealer) dominated today and the rest of the team played good defense,” said Iowa Lakes coach Shane Bouman. “The girls also took pride in their offense.”

For the day, Carla Carillo was 5-6 with two home runs and six RBIs.

Vallued for her play behind the plate, catcher Carla Carillo had a big day at the plate too as she went 5-6 with two home runs and six RBIs. EDN photo by Moriah Hawn

“It was a great day for Carla,” said Bouman. “She’s been working very hard and also catching well for us.”

In game one, Mackey struck out five in earning the win as she improved to 19-5 on the season

At the plate, Carla Carillo was 3-3 with five RBIs including a three-run home run in the second inning.

Priscilla Quintana was 2-2 with a home run in the third inning.

In game two, the Lakers pounded out three more home runs. Carillo had one of them as she went 2-3. Kristin Heimerl was 2-2 with a home run and Kelsey Ennenga also had a solo home run.

Also Katie Larson was 2-2 with a double and two RBIs, Michelle Thille was 2-4 with an RBI and Quintana was 2-3 with a double.

On the mound,?Nealer had two strikeouts and no walks in the win.

“It was the best our defense had played since very early in the season,” said Bouman. “Offensively 24 hits in a doubleheader puts a lot of pressure on a defense which is always good.

Iowa Lakes (21-7 overall, 12-4 in Region XI) hosts North Iowa Area Community College in a doubleheader starting at 3 p.m. today in Estherville.