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L-S girls battle back to beat BGM, go 2-0 at tourney (Hometown Press article)

posted Jun 8, 2017, 9:28 PM by Shane Ehresman

L-S girls battle back to beat BGM, go 2-0 at tourney

Two weeks and nine games into the season, the Lynnville-Sully softball team has experienced two kinds of streaks. The girls fell in three straight games to open the year and followed it up with a winning streak currently six games long.

In the past week, the 6-3 Hawks beat three conference teams and went 2-0 at a weekend tournament.


After a tough battle against BGM, the Lynnville-Sully softball team walked away with the win, 4-3, on Wednesday, May 31. The 1-3 Hawks traveled to Brooklyn to face the Bears, who were 3-2 going into the game. Seven hard-fought innings later, the L-S girls came home with a come-from-behind win under their belt.

The Bears started off strong, scoring two in the first, unlike the Hawks, who got off to a slow start offensively with their first hit coming in the fifth inning off of a triple from junior McKinley Conover. Freshman Mallory Loftus stepped up to the plate with Conover on third and was able to drive her in. BGM scored in the bottom of the fifth, bringing the score to 3-1.

With their backs against the wall in the seventh inning as they trailed by two, the Hawks were not ready to give up. With one out, eighth-grader Korinne Jansen stepped up to the plate and singled. Freshman Janelle Rozendaal flew out to shortstop, and Jansen tagged up and was able to take second. Eighth-grader Caitlin Alberts was able to get on by an error, and freshman Kaleah Ehresman came in to pinch run. Both Jansen and Ehresman got home.

Sophomore Carson Fisk and seniors Haley James and Brenna Lanser all got on by errors.

“It was nice to create some pressure and to create some errors on their side,” noted Coach Stacey Alberts.

With the bases loaded, Conover walked and Fisk came in to score.

The L-S girls were able to hold off the Bears, not allowing any runs in the bottom of the seventh and walking away with the victory. The Hawks had a total of five hits, including the triple by Conover, and were able to steal five bases. Loftus had two singles, and James and Jansen each had one.

Loftus was credited with the win, pitching all seven innings. She did not walk a single player and came away with three strikeouts. Loftus allowed six hits, which BGM was only able to score three runs out of.


The HLV Warriors faced a demanding battle when they traveled to Sully on Friday. Hits were made throughout the entire game, which kept it close. L-S squeezed in a couple runs where HLV couldn’t and came out with the win, 6-4.

“I was really proud of the kids tonight,” Coach Alberts said. “It was a really gritty tough-fought game from the first pitch to the last pitch.”

L-S walked away with seven hits and five stolen bases. Alberts went 2-3 with one RBI and one stolen base. Alberts was also one of the six runs.

The score was close throughout the whole game with the teams either tied or one team trailing by one. The Hawks scored a couple needed points near the end of the game, which got them the lead.

The L-S defense was solid the whole game, only allowing one stolen base.

Fisk pitched 5-1/3 innings and Loftus pitched 1-2/3. Fisk threw two strikeouts and only walked one.


Sophomore Shiloh Cunningham catches the ball just as a Washington base runner makes it to first.

The following day, the Hawks journeyed to Oskaloosa to take on Washington and South Eldora in a Saturday tournament. The Hawks went 2-0, swinging a hard bat.

After coming off of two hard battles during the week, the Hawks couldn’t back off as they battled Washington, beating them 9-8. L-S had 11 hits, including a home run by Lanser, that scattered their runs throughout the game. Two big offensive innings for the Hawks were the third (three runs) and sixth (four runs).

  1. Alberts, Fisk, and Loftus all pitched. Loftus pitched two strikeouts and walked one batter. Washington got nine hits off of the three L-S pitchers and brought eight home.

Later on in the day, the Hawks faced South Hardin and 10-run ruled them after five innings. The Hawks came out hot and scored all their runs in the first three innings with one in the first, five in the second, and four in the third.

The team combined for a total of 11 hits, including doubles by Lanser and Conover. James, Lanser, and Rozendaal were each credited with two hits apiece. The girls were also aggressive on base with six stolen bases.

The L-S girls also played a solid defense, giving up no runs and just one stolen base.

Sophomore Carson Fisk pitched three of the innings, giving up two hits. C. Alberts came in to finish for her, pitching the final three innings and giving up three hits. Neither walked anybody nor had a strikeout.

Belle plaine

The L-S girls’ winning streak continued after they fought hard with Belle Plaine on Monday, June 5. The score was close throughout most of the game but ended with L-S up 7-5 against the No. 10 rated team. The Hawks had the bats going the whole game, scoring in five of the seven innings. The score was tied at 5-5 going into the seventh, and L-S squeezed in two more runs. They were able to hold Belle Plaine from scoring in the bottom of the inning, giving L-S another victory.

Once they got on base, the L-S girls did a good job at executing their base running. L-S had a total of 10 hits and six stolen bases. Conover went 3-3 at the plate, pounding out two doubles and two RBIs. Fisk went 2-4 and stole two bases for the Hawks.

Loftus pitched all seven innings, giving Belle Plaine only eight hits. Defense was strong behind her with the Lady Plainsmen only stealing one base. Loftus struck out three and walked two.

Coach Alberts has been pleased with her team for their resilience. “I continue to be so impressed with their team unity and work ethic,” she added. “They are just so much fun to coach. I cannot wait to continue to see their progress over the next few weeks.”

The 6-3 Hawks were set to play Newton at home on Tuesday and host Sigourney on Wednesday. They’ll be at Keota on Friday and will host a tournament on Saturday.