Bunceton wins the first game 9-3 and rallies for 15-14 victory in eight innings in the nightcap
Although both teams wouldn't admit that the second game of a doubleheader meant little in terms of conference standing, you wouldn't have noticed it on the field as the Bunceton Lady Dragons rallied from a four-run deficit after 6 1/2 for a 15-14 win in eight innings Tuesday night against arch-rival Otterville.
Of course the first game was nowhere near as close as Bunceton led Otterville from the third inning on for a 9-3 victory and the sweep.
While hosting their Second annual Pick Out Game for Cancer, head coach Roger Stone said it was a success again. He said $275 was raised from the event, which will be donated to Sawyer Quinlan, a senior at Boonville High School, who is battling cancer.
"It is always good to give back to the community and the players enjoy doing it," Stone said. "As for the game, we needed this win to give ourselves at least a shot at being co-conference champs. We need help from Pilot Grove later this week. I was proud of the way the girls came out and hit the ball. Otterville's pitcher shut us down in the conference tournament but we knew we could hit her better than that. We got a lead and never gave it up."
The Lady Dragons, who improved to 14-4 overall and 4-1 with the sweep, definitely got the start they wanted in Game 1 by pushing across two runs in the first, five again in the third and two in the fourth to lead Otterville 9-3.
Senior pitcher Erica Kahle also had the kind of start that will make teams stand up and take notice. While improving to 3-1 on the season, the senior hurler gave up just one earned run on five hits and two walks while striking out four batters in seven innings.
Otterville senior Hannah Stone, meanwhile, took the loss on the mound for the Lady Eagles. Stone also went the distance and gave up nine runs on 12 hits.
Junior Maddy Berwanger had one single, two doubles and four RBIs to lead the attack for the Lady Dragons.
Sam Brandes finished the game with two singles and two RBIs while Julia Kahle added a home run and two RBIs, Rachel Emde with a triple and one RBI and Erica Kahle, Lizzy Maddex, Deanne Emde, Katilyn Fountain and Morgan Wieland each with one single.
The Lady Dragons also got off to a great start in the nightcap while leading Otterville 6-3 after two, 7-3 after three and 8-3 after four. However, in the top-half of the fifth, the Lady Eagles rallied back with three runs to cut the lead to two at 8-6. Then, after both teams put up one run in the sixth, Otterville came back and added six more runs in the seventh to go up by a score of 13-9.
But even that was short-lived as Bunceton battled back with four runs in the bottom-half of the sixth to tie the game at 13-all. Meanwhile, after Otterville sent across another run in the top-half of the eighth to make it 14-13, Bunceton came back and scored two in the bottom-half of the inning for the victory.
Junior Sam Brandes picked up the complete-game victory for Bunceton by giving up six earned runs on nine hits and 13 walks while striking out five batters.
Brandes also had a single, double, home run nd two RBIs in the game for the Lady Dragons.
Erica Kahle finished the game with a single, two home runs and four RBIs while Deanne Emde added two singles, a home run and three RBIs, Kaitlyn Fountain with two singles, one triple and one RBI, Rachel Emde with three singles and one RBI, Morgan Wieland with two singles and two RBIs, Julia Kahle with two singles and one RBI and Lizzy Maddex with one single and one RBI.
Stone said the second game was fun and exciting.
"We battled back and forth all night long and neither team gave up," Stone said. "They jumped out on top 3-0 and we fought back to take a 9-7 lead going into the seventh inning. We got two outs on them with runners on first and second and then we fell apart. We committed three errors and allowed Otterville to take a 13-9 lead. In the past, our girls would have given up but tonight we found out what type of team we can be. We fought back and tied the score at 13-13 by collecting five hits.
"But the fireworks were yet to come. Otterville scored in the top of the eighth and then the Emde sisters took care of business. Rachel led off the eighth with a single and little sister, Deanne, ended the game with a two-run home run. I was very proud of the way the girls battled and didn't give up when they could have. This is a big boost for us going into districts next week. We need to keep this momentum going and good things will happen."