The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team had no idea that they were about to embark on a slugfest against the Prairie Home Lady Panthers in CCAA Action Friday night at Prairie Home.
But that's exactly what happened as the Lady Dragons scored 18 runs on 18 hits for a 18-14 victory.
While the win improved Bunceton's record to 12-4 overall and 3-1 in the CCAA, head coach Roger Stone said his team was lucky to come away with a victory.
"We kept Prairie Home in the game with our errors and walks but neither team gave up, both teams battled until the last out of the night," Stone said. "Only two of the their 14 runs were earned. We cannot be making this many mistakes this close to districts and expect to win. Our bats were hot tonight by collecting six home runs. We must continue to hit like this but get better on defense and pitching. We have two tough games coming up Tuesday versus Otterville and for us to get a good seed in districts, we must win both games."
The Lady Dragons definitely had their hands full against Prairie Home while leading by just one (8-7) after three. But then after pushing across four runs in the top-half of the fourth, Bunceton came back and tacked on three more runs in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play to make it 18-10. However, in the bottom-half of the seventh, Prairie Home put a scare into Bunceton with four runs to cut the lead to four.
Prairie Home coach Glenda Scott said the girls stayed in the game with good baserunning. "I thought we had a great play in the fourth inning down the third base line with basesloaded," Scott said. "If it was a few inches either way it would have made a difference in the game. We had good at bats with eight hits and 14 walks. It was anyones game right up to the last out."
Sam Brandes picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Makayla Zey took the loss for Bunceton, who dropped to 4-11 on the season. Brandes pitched all seven innings and gave up 14 runs, only two earned, on eight hits and 13 walks while striking out seven. As for Zey, the freshman hurler also pitched all seven innings and surrendered 18 runs on 18 hits and three walks while striking out seven.
Senior Kaitlyn Fountain also had her best game to date for the Lady Dragons by finishing with a single, double, two home runs and five RBIs.
Julia Kahle added two singles, one double, one home run and one RBI while Sam Brandes added one double, two home runs and four RBIs, Rachel Emde with one single, one home run and three RBIs, Deanne Emde with one single, one double and one RBI and Becky Fredrich with one single.
For Bunceton, Brooke Emmerich went 2-for-4 with two singles and two RBIs while Jessie Kennedy added two singles and Katlynn Watson, Ally Small and Josie Flood with one single each.