Lange dominates Oshkosh West, SPASH softball advances to sectional final
June 5, 2012By Todd VanderLoop of SPASH Softball
By Brian Kalish
June 4, 2012
Stevens Point– In softball, as in life, it seems that timing is everything. The SPASH Panthers softball team picked the perfect time to play what might have been their best overall game of the year on Monday afternoon as they dismantled a dangerous Oshkosh West team by the final score of 5-1 to advance to the sectional final.
Offensively, SPASH traded in the heavy lumber they have relied upon all year and instead played small ball to near perfection. There were no monstrous home runs by SPASH in this game, rather well-timed hits and flawless execution on the base paths.
But the story line of Monday’s game was the spectacular performance from starting pitcher Angela Lange, who rebounded from a subpar outing against Neenah in the regional final last week.
Lange took the circle in the first inning and sat the first three Wildcats she saw down in order. Lange made two of the outs herself, snagging a ground ball for the second out and reeling in a wicked line drive to record the final out of the inning.
Thus, the tone was set for Lange and the Panthers’ defense. It was a stark contrast to Lange’s outing against Neenah in which she yielded a run in the first inning and struggled to contain Rockets’ hitters for the duration of the contest.
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