New Franklin pitcher Megan Phillips tossed a three-hit shutout, leading the Lady Bulldogs softball team past Westran 10-0 last night in New Franklin.
The Lady Bulldogs, 7-1 overall, opened the game with three runs in the bottom-half of the second and then sent one run across on each of the third and fourth innings of play and five again in the fifth to win by the mercy rule.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said he was very proud of the effort. “This was a game our seniors wanted,” Dowell said. “They had not beaten Westran in their career. We had an opportunity to finish the game and the girls came through not giving Westran another out. Westran hit the ball hard but it was right at us. Defensively, we cleaned up some errors and no walks from Megan. This was a big win for us early in the season.”
While picking up the win on the mound for New Franklin, Phillips also struck out one batter.
New Franklin also out-hit Westran 5-3, with senior Sara Montgomery going 2-for-3 with two singles and one RBI. Abby Prewitt was 1-for-2 with a home run and one RBI while Aly Hundley and Aislinn Himmelberg each had one single and two RBIs.
In the JV game, Westran defeated New Franklin by a score of 11-8.
Westran led 3-0 after 2 1/2 innings of play only to have New Franklin rally back with three runs in the bottom-half of the third and two again in the fourth to go up 5-3. Meanwhile, in the fifth inning, Westran outscored the Lady Bulldogs 8-3 for the victory.
Cassie Armentrout took the loss in the circle for New Franklin’s JV, who dropped to 1-1, by giving up nine runs, six earned, on nine hits and two walks in three innings in relief of starter Claire Monnig. Monnig pitched the first-two innings and gave up two runs on three hits.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Derian Dodson went 1-for-3 with a triple and two RBIs while Alex Nichol added a double and one RBI, Madison Maupin, Rossetti Cleeton and Mackenzie Fenton each with a single and one RBI and Jasmine Himmelberg and Cassie Snider with one single apiece.
Bunceton (SB) 4
Pilot Grove 2
In a battle for conference supremacy, the Bunceton Lady Dragons softball team edged Pilot Grove in a classic battle last night at Bunceton by a score of 4-2.
The Lady Dragons, improving to 3-1 overall and 2-0 in the CCAA, opened the game with two runs in the bottom-half of the first and then sent one run across in each of the third and fifth innings of play to garner the victory. As for Pilot Grove, who dropped to 3-4 overall and 1-1 in the conference, the Lady Tigers scored one run in each of the third and fourth innings of play.
Page 2 of 2 - Pilot Grove coach Clint Poulsen said it was a good game.
“We just couldn’t muster up enough hitting in this game,” Poulsen said. “We had a good effort on defense and Melissa did a great job in the circle. This gives Bunceton a leg up in the conference. We have to stop the bleeding and prevent this losing streak from carrying on any more than it has. I feel like we are right on the cusp of breaking out and hopefully it will come out against Stover on Friday.”
Senior Sam Brandes picked up the win in the circle for Bunceton while Melissa Schlotzhauer took the loss for Pilot Grove. Brandes went the distance and struck out five batters while giving up two runs on four hits and four walks. Schlotzhauer, meanwhile, pitched all six innings for the Lady Tigers and struck out 12 batters while giving up four runs on three hits and three walks.
Brandes also homered and drove in two runs for Bunceton while Rachel Emde and Julia Kahle added one single each.
For Pilot Grove, McKalie Lorenz went 1-for-3 with a triple while Melissa Schlotzhauer and Kerigan Wessing added one single each. Wessing also drove in one run.