Lebanon softball team opens up new stadium with win over Parkview Vikings in Ozark Conference matchup

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Lebanon senior Cally Blattel drives a ball during a high school softball game on Tuesday at Yellowjacket Field. The Lebanon softball team opened up their brand new stadium on the Lebanon High School campus on Tuesday.

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ALEX BOYER ALEX@LEBANONDAILYRECORD.COM

It has been a much awaited moment in the Lebanon softball program over the past couple of years, but on Tuesday afternoon all dreams and visions came true when the Lebanon softball team opened up their brand new stadium on the campus of Lebanon High School with a victory over the Parkview Vikings, 4-0.

After numerous hours put in during the summer working on the field by Bobby Brown, Nathan Morque, the Lebanon softball team, and members of the community, the Lebanon softball program finally has their own place to call home.

“This is one of the biggest crowds I can ever remember having at a softball game,” Lebanon head coach Stanley Crum said. “It really means a lot to see administrators from the central office out here and support our team.

“It has been a long time coming to have our field out here, and I know the girls were excited to have it done finally. It is something to be proud of, and I hope that we can establish the kind of program to fill these seats up on a nightly basis.”

The Lebanon softball team got a quality start from senior Kailyn Hazlewood who went the distance, striking out five and allowing just three hits on the night.

“Anytime you can get a complete game shutout that is always a good thing,” Crum said. “She didn’t throw a lot of pitchers and other than hitting a few batters, I thought she did a great job.
“She had great command and kept (Parkview) off-balanced all day long.”

In the first inning, senior Avery Hlavacek delivered the first base hit at the new stadium, lining a triple into the gap and would come around to score on a wild pitch to take an early 1-0 lead.

Later in the inning, senior Cally Blattel hit a moonshot off the fence in left field that would have been gone out of Boswell Park, but with the fences being backed up to 210 feet at the new stadium, Blattel would settle for a RBI double, scoring Emily Morque to extend the lead to 2-0.

The ‘Jackets would continue their scoring in the fourth inning when senior Shannon Jenkins delivered a solo home run, including the first home run hit in the new stadium to build the lead to 3-0. Junior Leslee Weddle hit a two-out triple later in the inning and would score on a wild pitch to cap the scoring for LHS.

“I moved Shannon down in the lineup to take a little bit of pressure off of her,” Crum said. “When I had hit her in the cleanup spot, she put a lot of pressure on herself to hit the ball.

“By dropping her down, she was a lot more relaxed and as you can see she is a great hitter when she is relaxed and is capable of hitting the ball a long way.”

Crum said he was proud of the way his girls fought during the game on Tuesday.

“The girls came out and played a really good game defensively, and we hit the ball well,” Crum said. “Not all of our balls fell for hits today, but we pounded the ball all day long.”

Crum mentioned that the team was challenged by Nathan Morque to defend the new stadium and protect it like it was their home.

For the full article, see the Thursday edition of the LDR.

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