Lake Sumter State College
Lake Sumter State College

Lady Lakers sweep College of Central Florida

From the Daily Commercial

Dani Wayt scored three runs and Michelle Soltes blasted a home run Saturday to lead the Lake-Sumter Community Col-lege softball team to a doubleheader sweep against the College of Central Florida at the LSCC softball complex.

LSCC won the opener 1-0 and picked up a 9-5 win in the nightcap.

Leah Ritchhart scored the lone run in the opener.

Wayt and Krista Smtih had hits.

In the second game, Wayt had an RBI to go with three runs scored. Soltes had two hits, including a three-run homer in the first inning.

Brittany Wagner went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and scored a run. Casey Ridge went 1-for-2 with a run scored and an RBI.

LSCC softball splits two with Manatee

Michelle Soltes hit two homers and Kayla Chandler had four hits Tuesday to help Lake-Sumter Community College earn a split against State College of Florida-Manatee.

SCF-Manatee won the opener 10-4, LSCC took the nightcap 8-7.

Soltes had a home run in each game. In the opener, Brittany Wagner added three hits and Chandler had two, but the Lakers could slow FSC-Manatee's offense onslaught. Danielle Wilson took the loss for the Lakers.

In the nightcap, Danielle Wayt went 2-for-3 and scored a run, and Chandler went 2-for-4 with two runs scored. Soltes had three hits, including her second home run of the day, along with a single and double. Sarah Pettigrew picked up the win.


LSCC softballers: We belong with anybody

FRANK JOLLEY | Staff Writer


The Lake-Sumter Community College softball team wants to prove a point.

The Lakers earned the first post-season berth in school history last year, but were told by opposing players that they didn't belong in the state tournament.  "No team with a 16-42 record should be competing for a state championship," the Lakers heard time and again. There was no mention of the fact that LSCC had lost 17 games by one run, and that with a little luck, the Lakers could've finished 33-25.

This season, LSCC is determined to show it belongs. "We've got a real good group this year," LSCC coach Kelly Golden said. "We have 16 freshman - many of whom decided to come here because we made the playoffs. We beat a couple of quality teams during the fall season and our girls have been working really hard to get ready for the regular season. "I'm excited about this team. They seem determined to be the group that makes us a team to be reckoned with."

Golden felt the Lakers were their own worst enemy last season. In many of their games, LSCC led or was tied in the late innings, but fell victim to the "one bad inning." This year, she hopes the experience gained from dropping so many close contests pays dividends with victories. "We were competitive last year, but couldn't seem to find a way to win," Golden said. "In many of our losses, we played well enough to win, but couldn't find a way to pull them out. As the season wore on, we got better and now it's time to take those lessons and turn them into victories. "Our goal is to get to 20 wins, but I think we have enough talent to go higher than that."

One of the players hoping to lift the Lakers to the next level is former Oviedo standout Dani Wayt. After struggling with grades last year at Winthrop University in South Carolina, Wayt sat out the season and transferred to LSCC during the summer. Wayt said she heard "a lot" of good things about LSCC and decided to join the Lakers. A shortstop and third baseman, Wayt said she has not looked back at her decision to transfer. "This is great opportunity for me and our team," Wayt said. "Last year was not a lot of fun for me. I could get my academics in order and I was a little bit homesick, too. Now, I'm having fun and doing the things I'm supposed to do in the classroom. I'm happy and ready to help this team take the next step. "I think a lot of teams are going to gain of lot of respect for us this year. LSCC will not be an easy win for anyone." One of those players who endured the ridicule at last season's state tournament was Brittany Wagner. She said the comments she and her teammates heard has fueled their intensity for nearly a year. They helped the returning players bond into a tighter unit, Wagner said. The incoming players also took offense to the statements and have prepared themselves to prove any doubters wrong. "We're a team, a tight team right now," Wagner said. "We felt disrespected last year and that hurt. We beat the teams we had to beat to get to the state tournament and belonged just as much as any other team. Now, it's time to show that we do deserve to play with the best. "It may take all year to prove this to everyone, but I believe a lot of teams are going learn that we are capable of beating anyone. If a team overlooks us, we'll beat them."




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