Beats New Bloomfield 8-3 in the consolation game

Once the the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team got over its opening-round loss against Bowling Green Saturday in the North Callaway Tournament, it was smooth sailing the rest of the way with back-to-back wins against Van Far and New Bloomfield.
While finishing fifth in the tournament, the Lady Bulldogs struggled to say the least in the first round against sixth-seeded Bowling Green while losing by a score of 13-3.
Of course it didn't help that New Franklin had five errors in the game or that Bowling Green led 6-1 after one, 10-1 after two and 11-1 after three.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said his team started off the game with three errors and might as well gotten back on the bus. "Bowling Green is a very strong Class 3 team and they played very well," Dowell said.
Megan Phillips took the loss on the mound for New Franklin by giving up 10 runs, six earned, on seven hits and two walks in two innings. Claire Monnig then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed three runs, two earned, on one hit and three walks.
As for the hitting in the game for New Franklin, Emily Hendrix went 1-for-3 with a double and three RBIs while Sara Montgomery, Aly Hundley, Aislinn Himmelberg and Claire Monnig added one single each.
Although the first game was a game the Lady Bulldogs would just as soon forget, they bounced back well enough in the next game against Van Far by exploding for four runs in the first inning en route to a 8-2 victory.
Coach Dowell said his team played much better and made good plays behind Kalani Pihana. "We also made solid contact and put a lot of pressure on their defense," Dowell said. "I was much happier with our mental part of the game against Van Far."
After a four-run first inning, the Lady Bulldogs came back and added one run in each of the third, fifth, sixth and seventh innings of play for the victory.
Speaking of victory, junior Kalani Pihana went the distance on the mound for New Franklin and gave up two runs on five hits while striking out two.
New Franklin also finished the game with seven hits, with Sara Montgomery and Emily Hendrix each going 2-for-4 with two singles and one RBI. Abby Prewitt doubled while Claire Monnig added a single and one RBI and Kalani Pihana with one single.
In the consolation game against the New Bloomfield Wildcats, the Lady Bulldogs had a little tougher time while trailing 3-1 after four. However, in the top-half of the fifth, New Franklin broke the game wide open by exploding for six runs for a 8-3 victory.
Dowell said the girls played better and better as the day went along. "We had a good week and went 5-1 but we have a tough week ahead of us," Dowell said. "Hopefully we will learn from our mistakes."
Pihana again picked up the complete-game victory for New Franklin by giving up three runs, two earned, on seven hits while striking out two.
Senior Emily Hendrix went 3-for-3 in the game for New Franklin with three singles and two RBIs.
Sara Montgomery was 2-for-4 with two singles while Kallie Monteer added a double and two RBIs, Abby Prewitt with a two-RBI single, Kalani Pihana with a RBI-single and Aly Hundley, Claire Monnig and Megan Phillips each with one single.