West Lafayette, Ind. (WFFT) - The Leo Lions opened their softball semi state championship game against Crown Point with a hit - and they never stopped hitting.
The Lions would rack up 15 hits on the night en route to an 11-1 win over the Bulldogs to claim their first semi state title since they were in Class 3A in 2015.
Leo opened the scoring in the top of the first. After Aaliyah Andrews singled to open the game, then stole second, Ali Davis advanced her on a ground out, and Kennedy Shade singled her in.
The Lions' offense would go dormant for a few innings, but then in the fourth they started to tack on to their lead. Kiley Patterson ripped a double to the wall in right field with the bases loaded, scoring three runs, to open up a four nothing Leo lead after four.
Leo would add two two more runs in the sixth, and five more in the seventh.
Junior Ashley Miller was fantastic in the circle for Leo. The Michigan State commit pitched six-plus innings, allowing just one hit and striking out five in the victory. Mackenzie Rust closed the game out in the final frame after an error and a walk put two on for Crown Point.
The Lions will face Center Grove on the campus of Purdue next Saturday for the IHSAA Class 4A state championship at 7:30 p.m.