Cruiser softball team clobbers DeSales 19-5

Messenger photos by Rick Palsgrove
The Groveport Madison Cruiser varsity softball team opened district tournament play by exploding for 19 runs in a 19-5 win over DeSales at Groveport on May 9. Four of those runs came on a towering grand slam home run by junior shortstop Lanie White. It was White’s 8th home run of the year and her first career grand slam. “At first I thought it might just be a deep fly ball and then I saw it was going over the fence. It felt great!” said White, who added she thinks the pitch was a high fastball on the outside part of the plate. White is pictured here (at center wearing helmet) celebrating with her teammates at home plate after her home run trot around the bases. “It was insane,” said White with a big smile about being mobbed by her teammates after the grand slam. “Everyone was screaming and slapping my helmet. It was great!” The Cruisers’ next tournament game will be against Gahanna on May 14 at 5 p.m. at a neutral site still to be determined. As of May 9, the Cruisers are 20-6 overall.
Cruiser pitcher Sara Gockenbach had another stellar performance against DeSales. As of May 9, her pitching record is 19-5 with an earned run average of 1.56 and 182 strikeouts.
Lanie White’s home run swing. As of May 9, White is batting .530, with 8 home runs, and 28 RBI.
Cruiser Taylor Hill scoring one of the Cruisers’ 19 runs.
From left to right, Cruiser outfielders Carsyn Saunders, Lexi Wright, and Ally Maddy, as well as second baseman Kenzie Maddy, take a break between innings.
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