The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team did just enough to reach the championship game in the St. Paul’s-Lutheran Tournament over the weekend.
Despite finishing 1-1 in pool play, head coach Roger Stone said the Lady Dragons won their pool even though all three teams finished with identical records and were able to play in the championship by virtue of allowing the fewest runs of the three teams.
Of course up until the championship game, Bunceton could have easily been 2-0 after losing to Sedalia Sacred Heart in the opening game 8-7 and then beating Santa Fe 6-2 in Game 2. Meanwhile, in the championship game against a good Sweet Springs pitcher, the Lady Dragons just couldn’t seem to get their bats going while falling by a score of 15-0 in four innings.
Stone said Sweet Springs has one of the best pitchers in this area and has only given up one run in 11 games this season.
“Overall, I am pleased with our finish but our bats never showed up,” Stone said. “In the first game, we jumped out to a 6-0 lead and then we played to the level of our competition and they came back and defeated us. We just took it for granted they were going to roll over and give us the game but they kept competing and pulled out the victory. In the second game, we played like we can and got great timely hitting and good pitching. The third game we ran into a buzzsaw.”
In the opening game against Sacred Heart, the Lady Dragons exploded for six runs in the first but could only manage one run for the rest of the game. The Lady Gremlins, meanwhile, scored two runs in the first, three again in the second, two in the fourth and one in the fourth for the game winner.
Lizzy Maddex took the loss on the mound for Bunceton by giving up five earned runs on four hits and eight walks. She also struck out three batters in three 1/3 innings.
Deanne Emde had a single, double and two RBIs to lead all hitters for Bunceton while Lexus Chapman added a single and three RBIs and Kaitlyn Fountain with one single.
In the second game against Santa Fe, the Lady Dragons again broke out the bats early by pushing across four runs in the first and adding one run in each of the second and fifth innings of play for the victory.
Bunceton also out-hit Santa Fe 10-3, with Julia Kahle and Maddy Berwanger finishing with two singles and one RBI each. Deanne Emde added a RBI-double while Rachel Emde contributed one single and two RBIs, Becky Fredrich with one double and Kylee Flatt, Erica Kahle and Lizzy Maddex each with one single.
In the championship game, Sweet Springs jumped out to stay against Bunceton while pushing across four runs in the first, six again in the second, two in the third and three in the fourth.
The Lady Greyhounds also finished the game with nine hits while holding Bunceton hitless in four innings.
Rachel Emde took the loss on the mound for Bunceton by giving up 10 earned runs on seven hits and eight walks in two innings. Maddex then came in and pitched one inning in relief and surrendered two earned runs on two hits and three walks while striking out one batter.
The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team will play next on Monday, April 29 at St. Pauls of Concordia starting at 5:30 p.m.