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State qualifier Montezuma ends L-S softball season (Hometown Press article)

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State qualifier Montezuma ends L-S softball season

State qualifier Montezuma ends L-S softball season

The Lynnville-Sully softball team was forced to end their season short of state this week, making it to the third round of regionals but falling to conference rival Montezuma who have advanced to state.

COLO-NESCO

After a first-round bye, the Hawks took on Colo-Nesco on Wednesday, July 5. The L-S girls grabbed the lead early and stayed on top the whole game to take the win.

L-S allowed two runs all game, both of them coming in the first inning. The Hawks quickly recovered, earning three in the second, two in the third, and one in the fourth.

Throughout the game, the Hawks continued to make impressive plays. Centerfielder Haley James, a senior, scooped up a close catch in the top of the fourth, followed by a stellar catch by freshman right fielder Janelle Rozendaal. Freshman Mallory Loftus got the second out of the seventh inning, making a diving catch off of the mound.

The Hawks had nine hits on the night. Senior Brenna Lanser swung the bat well, going two-for-two and hammering out two doubles. Sophomore Carson Fisk went two-for-four, bringing home two RBIs and stealing one base. Freshman Abby Gruver stole two of the Hawks’ four stolen bases for the night.

Mallory Loftus pitched all seven innings, throwing two strikeouts. Loftus only gave up two runs on five hits.

MONTEZUMA

Advancing on, the Hawks took on the Braves on Friday, July 7, for the third time this season. During the first run in with Montezuma for the second game of the season, the Hawks lost a close game 1-0. They avenged that loss later in the season, beating the Braves 5-2. In the third meeting of the two teams, when the stakes were highest, L-S was unable to come away with the win, losing 10-4 after battling for seven innings.

It was a tight, low-scoring affair for the first half of the game. Montezuma earned a run in the first, and L-S earned two. The Bravettes got another in the second, tying the game at 2-2 until the fifth inning. The Bravettes tucked another run under their belts in the fifth and scored seven more in the sixth. The Hawks were down 10-2 going into the bottom of the sixth. L-S continued to fight, scoring one in the sixth and one in the seventh. This wouldn’t be enough to recover from their deficit, and the game ended with the Hawks trailing 10-4.

L-S had eight hits throughout the night. Junior McKinley Conover went three-for-three, pounding out a double, and helped the Hawks out with an RBI. Sophomore Shiloh Cunningham had a homer in the first. Senior Haley James was two-for-three and crossed the plate once.

Loftus pitched the majority of the game, striking one out. Conover finished the final inning for the Hawks, helping them out with a strikeout.

Eighth-grader Caitlin Alberts makes contact with the ball in the July 5 game against Colo-Nesco.

After the season-ending loss, L-S Coach Stacey Alberts had nothing but positive comments to share about the L-S softball team.

“This was a wonderful group of girls to coach,” she said. “They were willing to work and willing to listen, and the results of their work was easy to see. This group can contend with the best in the state, and I think they started to see that through the season. We intend to keep moving their momentum forward through the off-season, and we will look forward to getting back on the field.”

The loss brought the Hawks’ final record to 18-12. They tied for first in the west side of the SICL Conference and were tied for third in the conference overall. The L-S JV team also ended with an above .500 record of 12-4-2.

The Hawks say good-bye to two seniors: Lanser and James. Lanser finished out the year with a .404 on-base percentage. She had 10 doubles, four home runs, and 15 stolen bases. James ended the year with 21 hits. She was credited with 43 putouts and stole seven bases.

“I just want to express how much I appreciate Brenna Lanser and Haley James’ leadership throughout the year,” Alberts said. “They were patient, kind, and strong in their leadership, which helped this group be competitive. They were excellent examples for others to follow.”

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