MIAMI - It was a good weekend for the Key West softball team in the Gulliver Prep Slamfest tournament.
After an 11-0 mercy rule loss to Florida Christian Friday afternoon, the Key West softball team took back-to-back victories for a very respectable showing.
The outcome of game one was not indicative of their play in the first three innings holding the Patriots to one run, but in the fourth and fifth innings, the Lady Conchs gave up five runs in each frame. Florida Christian pitcher Amanda Rosa pitched a one-hitter giving up a base hit to senior Lauren Wells in the first innings.
In game two, the Lady Conchs came back with a strong offensive attack led by Lauren Wells and Devin Osterhoudt both going 2-for-3 with a single and triple to beat Moore Haven, 10-0. Leci Archer went 2-for-3 with a single and a double, Alexis Averette, Brittany Price, Raquel Schoneck, and Lauren Schoneck all stroked a base hit.
Key West scored six runs in the second inning and four more in the fourth. The game ended under the 10-run mercy with a double play by Alexis Averette and Devin Osterhoudt. Rachel Quad scattered five hits striking out three.
On Saturday morning, Wells hit a walk-off home run for a 2-1 win over the Okeechobee Brahman Bulls in the Lady Conchs most exciting game in the tournament. Both pitchers played strong throughout the entire game. The Lady Conch's Savannah Hawthorne gave up only five hits and fanned five equal to Okeechobee's pitcher.
The Lady Conchs had a strong defensive outing against the Brahman Bulls. In the second, leftfielder Yolanda Prado tracked down a deep fly and threw back to Osterhoudt at second for a double play to end the inning. In the third, the bulls scored their only run to lead the game 1-0. In the bottom of the sixth, leadoff hitter Leci Archer ripped a double to leftfield and pinch runner Taylor Averette went to third on a base hit by Kendall Galvan. With runners on first and third, Brittany Price hit a deep fly ball to centerfield to score Averette from third and tie the game 1-1. In the top of the seventh inning, leadoff batter for the Bulls, Victoria Blevins ripped a double. The next batter, Francis Bosworth took a pitch allowing Blevins to advance to third. The next pitch, Bosworth hit a shot to Prada in left who caught the ball on the run and threw out the Blevins who was advancing home on a nice play by Archer at catcher. Hawthorne fanned the next batter to end the inning.
In the bottom of the seventh with the score still tied 1-1, Wells entered the game as a pinch hitter and bashed the winning home run over the center field fence to give the Lady Conchs a 2 to 1 victory. This homerun was Well's eights of her high school career and tying the school record.
In the Lady Conchs finale, Barron Collier shutout Key West, 12-0. The Cougars led off the top of the first inning with a three run homer by Alexis Corrente. They scored five more in the fifth and four more in the sixth. The Cougars held Key West hitless.
Wells led the Conchs going 4-for-8 including the homer, Archer had three hits, Osterhoudt and Brittany Price two apiece, and with one hit were Galvan, Alexis Averette, Prado, Lauren Schoneck and Raquel Schoneck.
Second-year coach Steve Wells said it was one of the better tournaments his team has played in his tenure.
"Up until now, we hadn't really beaten any big name teams, but we finished up 2-2 against some tough team," Well said. "Against Florida Christian, the game ended up lopsided and in all reality we were with them for three innings, but then the floodgates opened. Against Moore Haven, who went to the final four in Class 2A, you could tell they were a young team but we hit the ball well and came out on top."
The Conchs take to the highway Wednesday for a District 16-4A contest against Miami Westland, and are home Friday against Miami Norland at 4 p.m., also a district match-up. On Saturday they host Boca Raton in a doubleheader at 12 and 2:30 p.m.
After the weekend, the Lady Conchs have two more regular season games, both district matches. They have to play a rainout against Miami Central and on April 8 they play host to Miami Jackson.