Coaches: Su Armstrong, Tobey Gullick-Scott
The LCS Rowing Crew is just back from our Hatchet’s rowing experience. We waited a week to have our training day due to thunderstorms and ice on the lake in Muskoka. The wait was worth it - we had great weather and lots of sun. This valuable training day proved to be highly successful. All rowers came off the water more skilled and more confident on the water in a shell. I was impressed by how well the team came together for meals (pitching in for preparation and clean-up), learned about equipment and took care of each shell as a unified crew. The spirit of working together to accomplish a lot was evident throughout the day. Every member of our crew made gigantic progress in their rowing technique. The long hours of training were made pleasurable with the sun and a beautiful setting. Our final regatta is Sunday, May 27. Parents, if you are coming to the school’s Regatta Day on May 26, please consider staying locally and watching us row on May 27 at the Peterborough Rowing Club’s City Championship Regatta.
1st Boys’ Softball
Coaches: D’Arcy Macdonnell, Michael Daniel
After two tightly contested battles, the 1st Boys’ Softball team spent the week fine-tuning their defensive skills and working on swing mechanics.
This week the boys hosted their home-opener at Douglas Field in Lakefield, another doubleheader day against two of the league’s top teams, both undefeated heading into the day’s action. The LCS squad came out strongly on defense, with pitcher Parker Monkley delivering a standout performance on the mound. Striking out five opposing players (in slow pitch, remember), he helped set the tone for Lakefield’s first game. A big third and fourth inning saw the boys in green bring 10 runs home, adding to two from the first, giving them a 12-9 lead heading into the last two innings (seventh cut for time). With three quick outs, the boys shut down the first of two comeback attempts by HTS before batting in three more runs of their own to take a 15-9 lead heading into the top of the final inning. Despite pressing hard, HTS was only able to muster 5 runs, leaving them one short of the tie as Lakefield displayed great mental fortitude, hanging on to shut down the comeback and give HTS their first, and only, loss of the season so far.
Game two of the day saw Lakefield take on reigning league powerhouse Hillfield Strathallan College (HSC). LCS started strong and put up three runs on the board to open the scoring. HSC was looking to bounce back from their previous loss though, and they came out swinging, putting up five quick runs to take the 5-3 lead after one. HSC kept up the pressure with a strong defensive inning, grabbing three quick outs before driving home another five runs to take a commanding 10-3 lead after two innings. In the third, Lakefield found their bats, bringing home five runs in the first six batters of the order and closing the gap. HSC continued to put up a fight and brought home three of their own. After three, the score was HSC 13, LCS 8. The Grove lads weren’t done yet though: with another huge inning, they wore down the HSC pitcher and fought tooth and nail to bring home another five runs to tie the game at 13-13. Lakefield would hold their ground in the bottom of the fourth, shutting down all of HSC batters and sending them back onto the field with a quick 3-outs. With another time-shortened game, the fifth inning would be the final of the match. Lakefield took to the plate and through the first three batters had one out, and two men on First and Third. Unfortunately, they’d leave those two stranded as they dropped two tough outs to close off the first half of the inning. With the game tied, all HSC needed was a single run to win it. One quick out gave Lakefield some much-needed energy, but with the top of HSC’s order coming around, they struck two base-hits to land men on first and second. A perfectly placed, opposite-field ball from a lefty batter landed just inside foul territory, allowing the winning run to dash home from second base. It was a tough loss, but a moral victory for Lakefield who put up extremely strong showings against the league’s top teams.
Honorable mentions go out to Parker Monkley for a lights-out pitching performance, Quinn MacMillan for two homers and Seb Smith with one of his own. Catcher Matt Amaral found his swing (and speed) in the first game, sending a three-run RBI to the fences and rounding three bases for what would have been an inside-the-park-homerun if not for the maximum of five runs scoring just before his. Defensively, Jeff McCaw made some dramatic catches in the outfield, Ben Gledhow showed great speed and catching prowess at rover, and Mackenzie Coffin proved his toughness and dedication when he returned to gameplay after losing half a fingernail on a bare-handed grab off a hard line drive. Romeyo Caines continues to impress with his Usain Bolt-like base running as well as Noah Sedore with his terrific athleticism at shortstop.
Lakefield (1-2-1) wraps up their regular season next week in Toronto with a final doubleheader, and the chance to clinch a playoff berth with two wins.
Coaches: Erica Chellew, Greg Mallett
Playing in the Electric City Tournament last week was nothing short of a gift for all of us. Coaches Mallet and Chellew were able to see some drastic improvement and fire as the team faced off against compilations of the best players in the Kawartha area.
Watching the team figure out how to fight back against TASS' zone defense by working together and communicating well was magical. We finished second in our pool after round-robin play in the morning, a definitive step up from our original seeding. The afternoon grew long and hot but the players did not relent. Captain Charlie Hooke-Wood did his best to keep everyone focussed and in the game, leading by example with his precise handler cuts and some lay-out defense, and earning him Team MVP status for the day. Julio Midence Rosario’s voice could be heard throughout every game, reminding us all that communication is one of the secrets to moving ahead in Ultimate.