MONTGOMERY — The Lake Creek demolition tour rolls on.
The Lions remained undefeated overall and in District 20-5A action with a five-inning 13-0 victory over crosstown rival Montgomery at home Tuesday evening.
Lake Creek (16-0, 3-0) was ranked No. 4 in the state by the Texas Girls Coaches Association this week and showed why against the Lady Bears (9-2, 1-2).
“We’re hitting the ball well right now, and our pitching has been extremely strong, but our defense has been there to back up our pitching as well,” Lake Creek coach Michelle Rochinski said. “We’ve still got work to do, but if we keep hitting the ball like this, I think good things are going to happen.”
The Lions have now outscored their opponents 131-13 this season. Lake Creek has posted nine shutouts and has allowed more than two runs just once. The team started district play with consecutive 12-0 victories over New Caney and Dayton, respectively.
Lake Creek has won 20 consecutive games dating back to last year. The Lions are 31-1 since the beginning of last season, which was cut short due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“They’re definitely motivated by that,” Rochinski said. “We talk about one game at a time and playing every game like it’s your last because you never know. They know we probably could have had a chance to do something last year, so they’re going in with the mindset that we’ve got unfinished business and kind of playing for those seniors that did graduate last year.”
Montgomery has lost two consecutive games after opening district play with a decisive victory against Caney Creek. The Lady Bears gained plenty of momentum and experience rolling through their non-district schedule and have shown plenty of promise as a potential playoff team.
Montgomery coach Leechelle Lara declined comment after the game.
Lake Creek wasted no time jumping out to a commanding lead Tuesday, plating 10 runs in the opening frame. Maddie McKee led things off with a solo home run, and Madelyn Lopez crossed the plate as Emiley Kennedy reached first base safely following a dropped third strike.
Shelby Winn made it 4-0 with a two-run single in the following at-bat. Jenny Robison had an RBI triple, and Payton Bauer followed with an RBI infield single to put the Lions ahead 6-0.
Bauer later came around to score on a dropped fly ball by Montgomery. Lopez then drove in a pair with a double, and Ava Brown capped the scoring with an RBI double of her own.
Lake Creek tacked on three more runs in the second inning. Robison and Bauer delivered back-to-back RBI triples, and McKee came through with an RBI infield single.
Kennedy pitched four no-hit innings, allowing just two walks. She finished the game with nine strikeouts. Brenna Kelly had two strikeouts in one no-hit inning of relief.
Kennedy, a Texas A&M signee, has been on a tear to start the season. The Lions have some depth in the circle, however, and that factor has proven beneficial.
“Ava and Brenna, they’ve been coming in a doing their jobs, and they’re throwing well, too,” Rochinski said. “It’s good to have three arms right now. This way we don’t have to just rely on Emiley. With Ava and Brenna, we can put them in and throw them anytime.”
Lake Creek returns to action at 6:15 p.m. today against Kingwood Park at Humble High School. Montgomery, meanwhile, travels to play Dayton at 6:15 p.m. Friday.