LESTER PRAIRIE – Lester Prairie’s Lexie Langenfeld is just one of three seniors on the roster this season for the Bulldogs. Along with leadership, she’s also the workhorse for her team in the circle and she turned in one of her best performances of the season when her team needed it most.
Amid a five-game losing streak, Langenfeld brought her best as the Bulldogs got back into the win column with an 11-0 win over United Christian Academy in four innings Monday.
“It’s good to see her pitch well,” Lester Prairie coach Andrew Weber said. “She was throwing strikes and getting ahead in the count.”
Langenfeld got the start as usual for the Bulldogs. She wasted no time in getting off to a strong start, having faith in the defense behind her.
“Just do the best I can,” Langenfeld said about her mindsets coming into the game. “All I can do is as good as I can do. I just have to rely on my defense a little bit.”
Relying on the defense was much easier for her after her team spotted her five runs in the first inning.
“It lets me rely on my defense,” Langenfeld said about getting off to a quick start. “I just have to throw it down the middle and let them hit.”
With a 5-0 lead heading out for her second inning of work, that’s when she brought her best. After an error and base hit gave the Thunder a pair of baserunners to open the inning, Langenfeld struck out the next three she faced to get out of the jam.
She was on cruise control after that, retiring 12 of the final 14 batters she faced to help get her team back into the win column.
“It was very nice,” Langenfeld said about putting an end to the losing streak. “We didn’t have the enthusiasm in those games that we had today. It was a good win.”
“It was good to win because we were on a five-game losing streak,” Weber added. “It was nice to get the bats going again and have some fun while we’re playing.”
At just over the half-point mark of the season, the Bulldogs sit just one game back of being .500. With a record of 5-6, Weber likes where his team is headed.
“We’re progressing,” Weber said. “We had a little lull. You get those midseason lulls a little bit. We’re batting through that and keep progressing as we get to sections.”
“We had a very young team coming in,” Langenfeld added. “We didn’t really have that high of expectations. Now, I think we’re progressing really well. I think we’re doing better than expected.”
With eight games left in the regular season, the Bulldogs will be looking to keep their bats going and play with confidence heading into the postseason.
“Just keep believing that we’re good hitters,” Weber said about what he wants to see from his team going forward. “We need to keep going up there and being aggressive. Just keep continuing to be confident.”
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