The Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team couldn’t have asked for a better conference opener than Tuesday’s game against the Prairie Home Panthers.
While playing on the road, the Lady Dragons scored at least two runs in four out of the six innings for a 20-4 victory.
Of course the Lady Panthers put up a good fight for the first-two innings while leading Bunceton 4-3. However it was pretty much all Bunceton after that with two in the third, one again in the fourth and seven in each of the fifth and sixth innings of play.
The Lady Dragons also hit four of their five home runs in the final-two innings.
Senior Samantha Brandes picked up the win in the circle for Bunceton, 2-1 overall and 1-0 in the CCAA, while Makayla Zey took the loss for Prairie Home. In six innings, Brandes struck out eight batters and gave up just four runs on seven hits and four walks. Zey, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for the Lady Panthers and allowed 20 runs on 14 hits and nine walks while striking out eight.
Bunceton also out-hit Prairie Home 14-4, with senior Rachel Emde going 3-for-4 with two singles, one home run and four RBIs.
Madeline Berwanger was 2-for-5 with two home runs and four RBIs while Lizzy Maddex added a single, home run and one RBI, Julia Kahle with one single and one triple, Rachel Lenz with a home run and two RBIs, Deanne Emde with one single and two RBIs and Lexus Chapman and Morgan Wieland each with one single.
For Prairie Home, Makayla Zey, Shianne Rhorer and Kohlie Stock each had two hits in the game while Brooke Emmerich added one hit.
Prairie Home coach Glenda Scott said the Lady Panthers committed too many errors. “Not having a fence hurts us at home,” Scott said. “Anything hit in the gap goes as a home run. Makayla also had to pitch too many pitches and got tired. she had six strikeouts in the first-four innings. We didn’t strikeout much but we didn’t hit it hard, either.”
New Franklin (SB) 8
Cairo 7
The New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team proved that it doesn’t matter who scores first but who leads at the end Tuesday night while hosting the Cairo Lady Bearcats in CAC action.
Trailing Cairo 4-2 after three and 7-5 after four, New Franklin came back and plated three runs in the bottom-half of the fifth to win by a score of 8-7.
While the win improved New Franklin’s record to 5-1 overall and 2-0 in the CAC, head coach Ross Dowell said his team was sloppy for the first-three innings  and allowed Cairo to score four runs.
“I am very proud of my girls,” Dowell said. “They never gave up and hit the ball very well. We put some pressure on them and fought back to win against two very good pitchers. Both teams took advantage of their team’s mistakes. It was a great win and kept us on pace toward the CAC title.”
Senior Kalani Pihana also remained perfect on the season in the circle for the Lady Bulldogs. While picking up the complete-game victory, Pihana (3-0) also struck out four batters and gave up just seven runs, four earned, on seven hit and two walks.
New Franklin also out-hit Cairo 10-7, with senior Aly Hundley going 3-for-4 with two singles, one double and four RBIs. Aislinn Himmelberg also had three hits, with two singles, one double and one RBI while Abby Prewitt added two singles and one RBI, Claire Monnig with one single and one RBI and Sara Montgomery with one single.
Harrisburg (SB) 4
Pilot Grove 0
The Harrisburg Lady Bulldogs softball team scored four runs in the first-three innings and never looked back, beating the Pilot Grove Lady Tigers Tuesday night in Harrisburg.
The Lady Tigers, dropping to 3-2 overall, managed just one hit in the game against Harrisburg on the single by freshman Marissa Day while the Lady Bulldogs finished the game with five hits.
Kim Roberts also picked up the complete-game victory by striking out nine batters in seven innings. Cynthia Brumback, meanwhile, took the loss for Pilot Grove by giving up four runs on five hits and four walks while striking out two.
Rachel McKernan went 2-for-3 in the game for Harrisburg with two singles and two RBIs. Kim Roberts doubled while Kyla Brown added a single and one RBI and Megan Crowley with one single.
Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said the game against Harrisburg was a very simple game. “Harrisburg was able to manufacture a few runs and take advantage of a few of our mistakes and we didn’t hit the ball with any authority at all,” Poulsen said. “Other than Marissa’s hit and another line drive by her we didn’t really threaten to score. This is the beginning of a long week and hopefully by the end our offense will pick up.”