Lafayette cruises to district title

Lafayette senior pitcher Lindsay O'Steen, left,is congratulated by teammate Savanna Hamlin following one of her seven strikeouts on Thursday. (Photo by Jack Howdeshell)

Published: Thursday, April 18, 2013 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Friday, April 19, 2013 at 12:51 a.m.

MAYO - The Class 1A defending state champion Lafayette Hornets softball team are off to a strong start, dominating Live Oak Melody Christian, 15-0, in four innings to capture the District 5 title.

Lafayette (17-5) scored nine runs in the second inning and totaled 12 hits, led by Lacey Swafford, Sydney Shows, Ellen Lashley and Lindsay O'Steen. Lashley went 3-for-3 at the plate with two RBIs while Swafford and Shows each had two hits. O'Steen, who allowed just one hit with seven strikeouts as the Hornets pitcher, drove in three runs as a hitter.

The Hornets will host Hilliard on April 30 in the regional semifinals.

DISTRICT 5-6A: At Candler, top-seed Gainesville High totaled 14 hits, led by Stephanie Caudle and Makailah Brown, to win its first district softball title since 2008, beating South Lake 9-1. The Hurricanes (17-8) will host Inverness Citrus on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the regional quarterfinals.

DISTRICT 4-6A: At Jacksonville, sophomore Lacey King went 3-for-4 at the plate, including a double and RBI, and No. 4 Columbia rallied for two runs in the seventh inning to beat host Atlantic Coast, 4-3, avenging last year's seventh-inning loss to the Stingrays. The Tigers (23-4) will host Middleburg on Thursday at 7 p.m. in the regional quarterfinals.

DISTRICT 2-5A: At Live Oak, freshman Jordan Roberts went 4-for-4 with two homers, a double and three runs batted in, and senior Jessie TenBroeck also had four hits, including a double, as host Suwannee upset top-seed Wakulla, 9-2, for its first district title in school history. The Bulldogs (14-9) will host a regional quarterfinal on Wednesday at 7 p.m.

DISTRICT 6-1A: At Trenton, sophomore pitcher Shelbie Hutto tossed a one-hitter and scored the game-winning run in the seventh inning as Bell topped host Trenton, 1-0. The Bulldogs (15-11) will host Melody Christian on April 30 in the regional semifinals.

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