Lady Dragons fall to Sweet Springs in softball, 14-1

The Bunceton Dragons baseball team will remember how it felt when Sweet Springs rallied from a 7-2 deficit to cut the lead to one Thursday night in Bunceton.
Luckily for the Dragons, they were able to hold off Sweet Springs for a 7-6 victory. But the thought of losing the game will forever be entrenched into their minds as they continue on for the rest of the season.
The Greyhounds also took the early lead against Bunceton after pushing across two runs in the top-half of the first on one hit, one walk, one error and a dropped third strike.
But even that was short-lived as Bunceton rallied back with four runs in the bottom-half of the inning on back-to-back singles by Riley Layne and Dylan Flatt and a two-RBI double to left center by Austin Anderson to go up 4-2.
The Dragons would take on two more runs in the second on singles each by Blake Petsel and Jordan Angermayer to extend the lead to 6-2. Then, after a scoreless third inning, Bunceton added another run in the fourth on a walk and another hit by Angermayer to push the lead to 7-2.
The Greyhounds made it interesting after that by pushing across two runs in the fourth and one in each of the sixth and seventh innings of play to cut the lead to one at 7-6. However after a one-out homer to left by Hall, Bunceton pitcher Eli Pearcy came back and got the next two hitters on a strikeout and a fly out to end the game.
Rylee Knapheide picked up the win on the mound for Bunceton while Sims took the loss for Sweet Springs.  Knapheide pitched the first-five innings and struck out 11 batters while giving up four runs on four hits and two walks. Eli Pearcy then came in and pitched two innings in relief and allowed two runs on two hits while striking out four batters.
Bunceton also out-hit Sweet Springs 9-6, with Austin Anderson going 2-for-3 with a single, double and two RBIs. Jordan Angermayer had two singles and drove in two runs while Blake Petsel added two singles and scored three runs. Dylan Flatt also singles and drove in one run while Riley Layne and Eli Pearcy added one single and Mason Wells with one RBI.
For Sweet Springs, Hall went 4-for-4 with two singles, one double, one home run and three RBIs.
Sweet Springs 14
Bunceton 1
Sweet Springs sophomore Brooke Conner was a thorn in Bunceton’s side all night while finishing 3-for-4 with three doubles and three RBIs in a 14-1 win in five innings Thursday in Bunceton.
The Lady Dragons, dropping to 1-2 on the season, trailed throughout most of the game against Sweet Springs while giving up two runs in the first, three again in the second, five in the third and four in the fourth.
Bunceton scored its only run of the ballgame in the bottom-half of the fourth when Skyler Shuffield reach on a walk and scored on a ground ball by Chloe Moser.
However it was too little too late for the Lady Dragons as Conner roped a RBI-double in her first at-bat in the first. Then, after bringing in two more runs and hitting another double in the second, Conner laced her third double of the ballgame with another three RBIs in the third.
Kyle Winfrey, another talented sophomore, picked up the win in the circle for Sweet Springs while Rachel Lenz took the loss for Bunceton. Winfrey pitched all five innings and struck out 11 batters for the Lady Greyhounds.
Lenz, meanwhile, pitched 2 2/3 innings and gave up 10 runs on three hits and 11 walks while striking out three. Skyler Shuffield then came in and pitched 2 1/3 innings in relief and surrendered four runs on three hits and four walks while striking out two.
Sydney Vaught also doubled and drove in three runs for Sweet Springs.
As for the hitting in the game for Bunceton, Cara Bishop went 2-for-2 with a single and a double while Chloe Moser had one single and one RBI.
Bunceton softball coach Annie Duffner said despite the loss the Lady Dragons gave a good effort with Moser making a tremendous catch at shortstop going back into shallow left center and leaping for the ball. “Chloe was solid all night at short while getting three ground balls as well as fielding them all cleanly and making great throws to first,” Duffner said. “In her first at-bat, Chloe hit a savage line drive back at the Sweet Springs pitcher but she was able to make an excellent catch to protect herself. Cara Bishop also had a nice night hitting the ball with a double in the gap to left center in the second with two outs.”