New Franklin falls to Jamestown 16-6 in five innings
The Pilot Grove Lady Tigers softball team could easily follow the tune by Johnny Cash after Thursday night’s 14-0 win over Slater in the semifinal round of the Class 1 District 6 Tournament in Pilot Grove.
While Cash was famous for his tune, “Folsom Prison Blues”- I hear the train a comin' It's rollin' 'round the bend-the Lady Tigers hope to keep the train a comin’ after improving to 21-3 on the season with the shutout against Slater, who they had just beat a few days earlier 15-0.
Pilot Grove will now play Jamestown, a 16-6 winner over New Franklin, in the championship tonight in Pilot Grove starting at 5:30 p.m.
The winner will advance to the sectional round of the state tournament on Wednesday, Oct. 17th.
Commenting on the win against Slater, Pilot Grove coach Neal Bailey said the girls played well with the focus they needed all game. “It’s good to get the win and advance in district play,” Bailey said.
Needless to say, the train was definitely moving in the right direction for the Lady Tigers, who put up six runs in the first inning alone on just one hit-a hard single off the third basemans glove by Natalie Rentel.
A total of 12 batters came to the plate in the first inning for Pilot Grove, who led 6-0.
Senior pitcher Samarah Bailey was also on her “A” game against the Wildcats. While picking up her 19th win of the season in 22 games, Bailey struck out 12 batters in five innings for the no-hit shutout. The senior hurler faced a total of 16 hitters and had 12 strikeouts along with one hit batter. She also induced two ground outs and had one error behind her in the field.
Of course it didn’t hurt that Pilot Grove scored at least four runs in every inning. After putting up six in the first, the Lady Tigers came back with four more in the second on back-to-back-to-back doubles by Bailey, Rentel and Reagan McFatrich to extend the lead to 10-0. Then, after back to back singles by Grace Phillips and Leah Vollrath, Emily Schupp hit the fourth double of the inning to right to make it 10-0.
Pilot Grove tacked on four more runs in the third on a lead off home run to left by Bailey, back-to-back doubles by Rentel and Phillips and then singles by Vollrath and Danae Lammers. Emily Schupp also tripled to right center field in the inning for two runs to push the lead to 14-0.
As for the hitting in the game for Pilot Grove, five players had multiple hits against Slater. Vollrath went 3-for-3 with one RBI.
Bailey was 2-for-4 with a double, home run and one RBI while Emily Schupp had a double, triple and two RBIs, Natalie Rentel and Grace Schupp each with a single, double and two RBIs, Reagan McFatrich with one double and one RBI, Danae Lammers with a RBI-single and Abby Schupp with one single.
Emilee Grimes took the loss in the circle for Slater by giving up 14 runs on 14 hits and four walks.
As for the New Franklin Lady Bulldogs softball team, they had its season cut short against Jamestown.
The Lady Eagles, the No. 2 seed, led at one point against New Franklin by a score of 10-1 after three innings.
However the Lady Bulldogs found their second wind by rallying back with three in the fourth on back-to-back singles by Abygale Maupin and Haley Washburn and a RBI-triple to left by Lauren Evans to cut the lead to six at 10-4.
Jamestown had an answer in its half of the fourth when Trinity Paulson sent a Lindsey Brown pitch deep and over the left field fence for a grand slam home run to extend the lead to 14-4.
The Lady Bulldogs, however, continued to battle back despite being down by 10 and rallied again with two runs in the fifth on the lead off double to right by Kayce Hundley, a single by Lindsey Brown, a double to center by Maupin and a single to center by Washburn to trim the lead again to eight at 14-6.
Unfortunately for the Lady Bulldogs, they never got any closer in the ballgame as Jamestown came back in its half of the inning with two runs to win by the mercy rule.
New Franklin coach Ross Dowell said the girls never settled down. “I thought we played really tight,” Dowell said. “I thought we prepared and practiced well this week. We hit the ball well in the fourth and fifth but just dug to big of a hole to dig out of. It’s been a tough year but these young girls have an upside for the future. We’ll need to work hard in the offseason and improve.”
Alyssa Reynolds picked up the win in the circle for Jamestown while Alexia Sprick took the loss for New Franklin, who closed out the season at 5-15. Reynolds pitched all five innings for the Lady Eagles and gave up six runs on eight hits and one walk while striking out two batters. Sprick, meanwhile, pitched two-plus innings for New Franklin and allowed nine runs on 10 hits and five walks while striking out three. Brown pitched three innings in relief and surrendered seven runs on five hits and three walks while striking out two batters.
Jamestown also out-hit New Franklin 15-8, with Trinity Paulson collecting two singles, a grand slam home run and five RBIs. Alyssa Reynolds had three singles and three RBIs while Anna Scheperle added a single, triple and one RBI, Ginna Meisenheimer with two doubles and McKenzie Hargis and Brooke Stone each with two singles and two RBIs.
For New Franklin, Abygale Maupin went 3-for-3 with two singles and one double. Haley Washburn finished the game with a single and a double while Lauren Evans tripled and drove in one run. Kayce Hundley added a double and one RBI while Lindsey Brown had one single.