The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team had a wake up call against Calvary Lutheran Friday night at home while trailing 11-6 after 2 1/2 innings of play.
Luckily for the Lady Dragons, they had plenty of time to bounce back after a horrible start while outscoring Calvary Lutheran 17-0 for the rest of the game for a 23-11 victory.
While the win improved Bunceton’s record to 15-4 overall, head coach Roger Stone said his team almost gave this one away.
“We did not support Lizzy at all, I was playing some people out of position but that is not an excuse for us making errors,” Stone said. “We have to stop the ball no matter where we are playing. Luckily our bats woke up in the 4th inning and we got back into the game. Erica relieved Lizzy and did her job but she also had the regular defense behind her and that helped. With districts starting this week, we have to continue hitting the ball like this but we have to play better defense or we will be one and done.”
While out-hitting Calvary Lutheran 25-8 in the game, the Lady Dragons began its comeback in the bottom-half of the seventh by pushing across seven runs to go up by a score of 13-11. Bunceton never trailed from that point on in the ballgame while adding three more runs in the fifth and seven again in the sixth for the victory.
Senior Erica Kahle, who pitched three innings in relief of starter Lizzy Maddex, picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton. Maddex pitched the first-three innings and gave up three earned runs on five hits and six walks while striking out five. Kahle then came in and pitched three innings in relief and surrendered no earned runs on three hits while striking out one batter. The win improved Kahle’s record to 4-1 overall.
As for the hitting, junior Samantha Brandes had three singles, one home run and four RBIs.
Deanne Emde finished the game with four singles and two RBIs while Erica Kahle added two singles, one triple and three RBIs, Julia Kahle with two singles and one double, Maddy Berwanger with one single, one home run and five RBIs, Kaitlyn Fountain with one single, one home run and four RBIs, Rachel Emde with one single, one triple and one RBI and Lexus Chapman with one single and one RBI.