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Hawk softball team ties for third in conference (Hometown Press article)

posted Jul 7, 2017, 10:29 PM by Shane Ehresman

Hawk softball team ties for third in conference

Lynnville-Sully wrapped up its conference play last week, finishing tied for third in the South Iowa Cedar League and tied for first in the west side of the SICL. They have an overall record of 17-11.

After traveling to Victor to face the HLV Warriors on Wednesday, June 28, the Hawks came away with a 4-1 loss. This was their second meeting of the year; earlier in the season, L-S had beat the Warriors, 6-4.

Freshman Mallory Loftus lays down a bunt against Carlisle. At bat, she went three-for-three with one RBI in the game.

Junior McKinley Conover fires off a pitch to help close the final out for the Hawks in Saturday’s game against Saydel.

Eighth-grader Korinne Jansen tags out a Carlisle runner trying to make it home during the Saturday tournament game. L-S suffered a close 3-2 loss.

L-S had a tough first inning on Wednesday with the Warriors scoring three on them, setting the Hawks back for the remainder of the game. The girls fought hard, scoring one run in the second, but HLV answered with a run in the third.

Despite the Hawks’ 10 hits, they were only able to bring one girl home. Sophomore Carson Fisk was two-for-four on the night, smacking a double in the first. Junior McKinley Conover went two-for-three and pounding out two doubles, but was not able to bring anyone home on either hit. The Hawks ended the night going 10-for-30 at bat.

Freshman Mallory Loftus pitched all seven innings, only giving up five hits. Loftus ended the night walking four and throwing three strikeouts.

The JV girls also played at Victor on Wednesday and wrapped up their season with a 9-7 victory. L-S hit the five-run limit in the first inning to go up 5-2. The game was close throughout but three runs in the second inning and one more in the third inning were enough to give L-S the win. Freshman Ashton Thompson and sophomore Shaleah Van Wyk each scored twice for the L-S JV team.

The regular season came to a close for the Hawk varsity team at the Carlisle Tournament on Saturday, July 1. The girls faced the host Carlisle as well as Saydel, splitting the day going 1-1.

The Hawks took a 3-2 loss after a close, low-scoring game against Carlisle. Carlisle jumped out early, scoring two of their three runs in the first inning. The Hawks battled back in the second inning, scoring one of their own. Carlisle scored again in the third, bringing the score to 3-1. It stayed this way until the sixth, when the Hawks scored another run. They were unable to squeeze an additional run in after that, losing 3-2.

Loftus went three-for-three, raking in an RBI. Sophomore Shiloh Cun-ningham had two hits, pounding out a double and a triple. The Hawks stole two bases.

Loftus pitched for the Hawks, allowing five hits.

Next, the Hawks competed in another close game against Saydel, coming out with the 6-5 win.

Saydel led, 3-2, until the fourth, when the Hawks brought four home. Saydel wasn’t able to recover, only scoring two in the sixth.

Freshman Mallory Loftus hit two-for-three and brought in two RBIs for the Hawks.

Eighth-grader Caitlin Alberts started the game and got relieved by Loftus, who was credited with the win, pitching 4-2/3 innings. Caitlin Alberts was brought back in during the last inning, and junior McKinley Conover came in to close the final out for the Hawks. Loftus and Alberts combined for six strikeouts and only gave up four hits.

The season isn’t over yet. The Hawks have a bye for the first round of regionals but will host the winner of the July 3 GMG versus Colo-Nesco game on Wednesday, July 5. The next round of regionals will take place at Sully on Friday, July 7. The regional final will take place on July 10.

Coach Stacey Alberts is doing her best to prepare her team for the crucial games ahead.

“We are focused as a team on what is coming ahead in post-season play,” she said. “We have been playing well and finding contributions from a large variety of players. Our bracket will be difficult, but we match up well throughout our bracket. We need to just continue playing to our strengths, and we will be competitive.”