The Lady Rangers heated up from the plate during a cold weekend tournament and were able to win first place at the Tekonsha Tournament this past weekend. Reading played Bellevue in the first contest and were able to pour on some runs in the middle innings to end the game in the bottom of the 6th inning, 16-6. The Lady Rangers showed incredible power from the plate, hitting 11 extra base hits. Marie Weidmayer had a career day from the plate going 3 for 4, reaching safely on every at-bat, scoring 4 runs, driving in 3 RBIs, and hitting her first 2 triples of her career in the same game. Tayler Coe helped her cause on the mound by going 3 for 4 with one RBI and absolutely lacing 3 doubles. Karissa Shay went 2 for 3 with a double, drew a walk, and scored 3 runs. Sumer Rodgers went 2 for 4 with an RBI double and scored 3 runs. Finally, Baleigh Irelan went 2 for 4 with a double and a triple, had 3 RBIs, reached safely 3 times, and scored twice.
Reading had to face Tekonsha in the championship game. Baleigh Irelan started the game for the Rangers and was superb except for a 7 run 3rd inning. She settled in nicely after that and the Lady Rangers won in 5 innings, 18-8. The offense was more traditional in the championship game, drawing a lot of walks, hitting singles, and putting the ball in play. All 16 Rangers came to the plate in the game and it was a true team effort. Coach Lamb said, “I’m very happy that everyone was able to contribute. We are really buying into having a good approach at the plate, and their patience is paying off. I’m excited for the strides we are making as a team.”
The Lady Rangers will take the field Tuesday at home against Big 8 foe, Homer. The Lady Rangers are 3-1 in conference and looking to improve that record. Please come out and support our young ladies.