Up until the fifth inning Friday night in New Franklin, the Lady Bulldogs and Pilot Grove softball team were in a heated battle.
With Pilot Grove scoring the game’s only one in the first, the Lady Tigers had to feel good about their chances on the road. However, in the bottom-half of the fifth, New Franklin rallied back with five runs and then sent one run across in the sixth for a 6-1 victory.
While the win improved New Franklin’s record to 13-6 overall, head coach Ross Dowell said it took a while to get going. “Brumback really had us off balanced and we would not adjust,” Dowell said. “We are struggled hitting the ball right now and I think mentally we are not concentrating enough. The one big inning to break it open was Abby Prewitt’s three-run home run. Other than that we were lucky to win. We have four games this week so we need to get things back on track.”
Junior Kalani Pihana picked up the win on the mound for New Franklin while Cynthia Brumback took the loss for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 7-11 on the season.
In seven innings, Pihana gave up just one run on two hits and two walks while striking out two. Brumback, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for the Lady Tigers and gave up six runs, five earned, on five hits and two walks while striking out five.
Abby Prewitt led the hitting attack in the game for New Franklin with a three-run home run in the fifth.
Aly Hundley finished the game with a double while Kallie Monteer, Kalani Pihana and Aislinn Himmelberg each singled.
For Pilot Grove, McKenzi Schuster tripled while Rachel Lorenz singled.
Pilot Grove coach Renee Roberts said Brumback pitched a great game. “We had one bad inning that dictated the outcome of the game, however, the girls played solid defense and hit the ball hard,” Roberts said. “I’m very proud of where the girls are and where we should be come districts.”