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  • Prep Roundup: Indians advance with win over Versailles, Lady Lakers fall to Hickman 10-0

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  • With softball districts underway across the state, two of the lake area teams have been knocked out of contention by losses in the first rounds on Wednesday night.
    Hickman 10, Camdenton 0
    The Lady Lakers' season ended with a disappointing 10-0 shutout on Wednesday night, as the young Camdenton squad couldn't hang on.
    Trailing 3-0 until the sixth inning, the Lady Lakers' youth proved to be the deciding factor in this matchup, as they couldn't get anything going on offense and gave up seven additional runs to fall 10-0. Their season record ends at 13-13, a marked improvement for 2012's 10-12 season.
    Camdenton was held to three hits on the night by Hickman's defense, numbers unusually low for the Camdenton squad.
    Coach Rick Calbert, however, is able to see the positives from his young team.
    "We're young, and we're just going to keep getting better," Calbert said. "Sure, it hurts tonight, but their future is bright."
    Camdenton's squad put up some great games this season, and the district opponents are now going to be looking over their shoulders, knowing that this young squad will lose just one senior while they lose quite a few more.
    The Lady Lakers also finished second in the Ozark Conference this season, with a 7-2 conference record.
    Coach Calbert knows this team can go further, and that next year will be another chance to improve.
    The team also knows it, and are already asking when they can get back to practice.
    If there were any doubts about whether this squad is still in a rebuilding mode, that question has been answered.
    Osage 10, Versailles 1
    The 7-13 Osage Lady Indians made quick work of the 5-14 Lady Tigers on Wednesday with a 10-1 win to advance to the semifinals of the Class 3, District 10 tournament.
    The Lady Indians jumped on Versailles early, scoring two runs in the first inning before going quiet in the second.
    Osage's bats picked up again in the third inning, scoring another two runs before laying the hammer down with three runs in the fourth and another three in the fifth to put it out of reach and win the game with a final score of 10-1.
    Osage's Taylor Good had another great night for the Indians, pitching the distance and striking out nine. She finished the night with three hits, while Elizabeth French and Dani Puckett banged out two hits each.
    Osage's next match is the toughest one they will face, as they will challenge the number one-seeded Blair Oaks Lady Falcons on Thursday night. Be sure to check LakeNewsOnline.com for your district softball coverage.
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