Semifinals begin today at 5 p.m.
The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team found out last night in the opening round of the Class 1 District 7 Tournament at Pilot Grove that you can throw out records once the post-season begins.
Having just swept Otterville last week in a regular-season game at Bunceton, the Lady Dragons appeared to have its hands full last night while trailing at one point by a score of 6-1 after 3 1/2. But as turned out, Bunceton had plenty of time while outscoring the Lady Eagles 7-0 for the rest of the game en route to a 8-6 victory.
In other games last night in the tournament, No. 2 Harrisburg defeated No. 7 Prairie Home 9-2 while third-seeded Jamestown prevailed over sixth-seeded Pilot Grove by a score of 16-1.
Tournament action will continue tonight, with top-seeded New Franklin playing Bunceton at 5 p.m. and No. 2 Harrisburg battling Jamestown at 6:30.
Bunceton coach Roger Stone said sometimes you need to get lucky and tonight was one of those nights but good teams find ways to win and that is what we did.
"We spotted Otterville a 6-1 lead by giving them four of the runs off errors but we remained composed and scratched back to take the lead for good in the bottom of the fifth when Julia Kahle hit a bases-loaded clearing 0-2 single into right center. That put us up and we didn't let Otterville scored again. This is district time and every team is ready to play and you have to be ready to play yourself. Any team in this district can win it and we have just as good a shot as anyone else but we have to knock off New Franklin tonight and that is not going to be an easy task."
Last night's game was tough enough for the Lady Dragons, who trailed 3-0 after the first, 4-0 after two and 6-1 after 3 1/2 before rallying back with three runs in the bottom-half of the fourth and four again in the fifth for the victory.
Senior Erica Kahle picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton by giving up two earned runs on 13 hits and four walks while striking out two batters. Hannah Stone took the loss for the Lady Eagles by giving up eight runs on 11 hits.
Otterville also out-hit Bunceton 13-11 in the game, with Lisa Robertson collecting three singles.
For Bunceton, who improved to 16-5, Kaitlyn Fountain had a single, double and one RBI.
Sam Brandes also had a single and a double in the game while Rachel Emde added two singles and one RBI, Lizzy Maddex with two singles, Julia Kahle with a three-RBI single and Maddy Berwanger and Deanne Emde each with a RBI-single.
As for the Prairie Home Lady Panthers, they gave Harrisburg everything they wanted and more while trailing 3-1 after three. Unfortunately for Prairie Home, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Harrisburg came back and tacked on two more runs in the fourth and four again in the sixth for the victory.
The Lady Panthers added their only run of the ballgame in the fifth.
Prairie Home coach Glenda Scott said this was a different game than the first when Harrisburg won 18-1. "We made some tough plays on defense and had only two errors in the game," Scott said. "I am proud of the girls for playing Harrisburg tough because it was 5-2 game at the end of five innings. We have played three good games this week. The girls have improved so much throughout the season."
Bobbi Mathews picked up the win on the mound for Harrisburg while Makayla Zey took the loss for Prairie Home, who closed out the season at 7-14 overall. Mathews struck out 11 batters and gave up two runs on three hits and three walks. Zey, meanwhile, pitched all seven innings and surrendered nine runs on 10 hits and three walks while striking out five batters.
Scott said Zey pitched a great game and only gave up three extra base hits in the game.
Kimberly Roberts went 2-for-3 in the game for Harrisburg with two doubles while Kassi Blakemore added a home run and three RBIs.
For Prairie Home, Kendra Stinson tripled while Katlynn Watson added a double and two RBIs and Josie Flood with one single.
In the final game last night, Jamestown led Pilot Grove from start to finish while pushing across five runs in the first, one again in the second, two in the third and eight in the fourth to win by the mercy rule.
Stephanie Birkman was the winning pitcher in the game for Jamestown while Cynthia Brumback took the loss for Pilot Grove. In four innings, Birkmann gave up just one run in the third on four hits while striking out one. Brumback, meanwhile, surrendered 16 runs on 11 hits and seven walks while striking out one.
Alli Muri had a single and a double in the game for Jamestown while Makenzie Strother and Emily Scheperle added two singles.
For Pilot Grove, McKalie Lorenz doubled twice while Melissa Schlotzhauer and Katelyn Renfro added one single.