Maddox hits 3-run triple to key Lake Forest’s 16-6 win over Polytech

Mya Maddox

FELTON — The batters in front of Mya Maddox had all gotten on base in the fifth inning.

So the Lake Forest High centerfielder knew she had to keep that streak going.

Maddox hit a bases-clearing triple to break a tie and highlight a 10-run fifth inning as the Spartans defeated Polytech 16-6 in a Henlopen Conference softball contest on Tuesday afternoon.

“Hitting is contagious,” Maddox said. “One person got a hit, the next person got a hit and the next person got a hit. After that it’s just like, ‘We got this.’”

Maddox did her fair-share of hitting on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 with three RBI. She poked a liner into the gap with the game tied at 4-4 and scored off an error to give Lake Forest its first lead of the day at 8-4.

Brittany Baker followed Maddox a few batters later in the inning with a two-run homer.

After falling behind 3-0 in the first two innings thanks to Hayley DiCarlantonio’s home run for Polytech, the Spartans (2-0) combined for 14 runs in the game’s final two frames. Lake Forest has scored 35 runs through its first two games. The Spartans defeated Dover 19-1 last week in the season opener.

“I think since we had such a big win against Dover we were a little more relaxed than we should have been in the beginning,” said Lake coach Ashlie Tatman. “Once we had bases loaded and Mya had that hit, it set a fire under them.”

Brooke Glanden had a pair of doubles, scored two runs and finished the day 3-for-4.  Kerrigan Simpson also had a pair of RBI for the Spartans while Kaitlyn Stahre had a multi-hit game.

That type of offensive firepower has the Spartans carrying some high hopes into this season.

After all, Lake Forest graduated just one player from last year’s team which reached the state tournament’s semifinal. The Spartans are eying a return to that stage and are trying to go even further this season.

“You always have to be confident in your team and I think we have the team that can win it,” Maddox said. “I like our chemistry outside of the field too. We’ve known each other for a long time and it’s just a good feeling to know you get to play with these girls.”

“I think they’re very capable of achieving all their goals this year,” Tatman said. “They have a good camaraderie and support each other. We just got to be hungry every game.”

Polytech dropped to 0-2 on the young season.

Tuesday’s game was almost a repeat of how Lake Forest knocked off Polytech a year ago, who were at that time the defending state champions. In 2016, the Spartans used a 12-run top of the sixth to record a 12-2 victory against the Panthers.

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