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Hawk softball picks up first win, falls to Montezuma, Pella (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 2, 2017, 11:23 AM by Shane Ehresman

Hawk softball picks up first win, falls to Montezuma, Pella

After three tough losses at the beginning of the season, the Lynnville-Sully softball team battled its way to victory at the end of the week. All three of the girls’ games since last Wednesday were either won or lost by four or less runs.

Montezuma

The Hawks put up a tough battle against Montezuma last Wednesday, May 24, showing a solid defensive effort and some depth in the pitching lineup. Unfortunately, L-S was not able to come out on top, ending the game behind 1-0 in the low-scoring game.

The Hawks consistently got one hit in the first, second, third, and sixth inning but were not able to bring any runners home. Two of these hits came from junior McKinley Conover, one of them being a triple in the sixth.

Eighth-grader Caitlin Alberts pitched four innings, with four hits and one run scored off of her. Alberts struck out four. Sophomore Carson Fisk came in to finish the remaining three innings. She allowed one hit and pitched one strikeout.

PELLA

The girls faced Class 4A Pella at home the very next day and gave the Lady Dutch a true run for the money. The Hawks went up 2-0 in the first inning and were ahead 4-3 heading into the final inning. That’s when the Lady Dutch came alive, putting up five runs. The L-S girls were unable to answer in the bottom of the seventh and fell 8-4.

Alberts took the loss on the mound and gave up four runs (three earned) and two hits while walking one. Freshman Mallory Loftus started on the mound and allowed two runs on one hit and two walks. Fisk relieved Loftus, giving up two runs on eight hits and one walk. Alberts finished the game.

Runs were scored by senior Brenna Lanser (two), senior Haley James, and Alberts. Sophomore Shiloh Cunningham finished with two RBIs and she also walked twice. The Hawks only had five hits total as a team.

Senior Brenna Lanser fires the ball to first base in an attempt to make a play at first during Saturday’s tournament that was rained out. Teammate Carson Fisk, a sophomore, looks on.

Junior McKinley Conover, right fielder for the L-S Hawks, throws the ball to teammate Brenna Lanser, third baseman, during the Saturday tournament at Ballard. The tournament was cancelled due to rain. It was the Hawks’ fifth day of softball action in six days as the girls got off to a very busy start to the 2016-17 softball season.

NORTH MAHASKA

The Hawks traveled to New Sharon to face the Warhawks on Friday night. North Mahaska had beaten Montezuma earlier in the week. After seven hard-battled innings, the Hawks came away with the win 4-3.

The Hawks and the Warhawks were evently matched throughout the whole game. Fisk went 2-3, scoring a run, with one of her hits being a double. Loftus got on base three times, getting walked once and having two hits. Loftus was also able to score one base and had two RBIs.

The L-S girls ended the game with seven hits, squeezing four runs out of those. North Mahaska wasn’t far behind with six runs and three hits.

Fisk earned the win, pitching all seven innings and walking none.

The Hawks were at Ballard on Saturday for a tournament but it was rained out.

Looking back at the 1-3 week that included games on five out of six days, L-S Coach Stacey Alberts said her team got off to a good start.

“Very challenging teams day in and day out gave us good insight to what we need to do to be more successful,” she said. “We knew it would be a challenge right out of the gates with quite a few new faces on the field, but I was very pleased with the progress I saw in the six days.”

The coach was pleased to see progress with positional play, communication, execution, and competitive drive. “Fundamentally, we are in a good place and will continue to see progress in all of the kids,” Alberts said. “Coaching staff will continue to identify holes and help the girls work it out. We are looking forward to another exciting week and another chance to play!”

The L-S girls are planning to face two conference teams this upcoming week. They were set to play on Wednesday, May 31, at BGM. On Friday, the HLV Warriors will travel to Sully, and the Hawks will go to Oskaloosa on Saturday for a tournament to finish out their second week of the season.

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