The Ottumwa Courier

June 28, 2013

Stangs score late to down Centerville

By ROGER THOMAS Courier correspondent
Ottumwa Courier

---- — BLOOMFIELD — The Davis County Mustangs softball team trailed Centerville 2-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning Wednesday night in Bloomfield.

The Mustangs proceeded to score two in the fifth to tie it, and they added three more in the sixth to down the visiting Redettes 5-2 in SCC softball action.

Neither team scored in the first, but the Mustangs did record two of their 10 hits in the inning. Davis County managed to get at least one hit in every inning of the contest.

Centerville went up 1-0 with a second-inning run. The run came when Bayleigh Johnson drove in Kiley Micetich, who singled earlier in the inning, with bloop double to right field. The score remained stuck at 1-0 through the third. Centerville tacked on another run in the fourth on a Maddy Lange homer to centerfield. The Redettes, however, did have a runner picked off before Lange’s big hit, which ended up costing them a run.

“It’s really frustrating,” said Centerville coach Nic Belloma said. “I felt like our lack of execution cost us to not score seven times when we had a good chance.”

The Mustang defense pulled off a double play in the top of the fifth, as they doubled a runner off first base on a fly ball to right field. Then, Davis County used three hits to score the tying runs in the bottom of the fifth. Winning pitcher Rylee Eakins kicked things off with a one-out double to get things started. Then, lead-off hitter Blair Bodkins recorded her third hit to plate Eakins. In addition, Marissa Shuey delivered a two-out hit to score the second run of the inning for the Mustangs.

“We’ve been getting a decent number of hits in most games,” said Mustang coach Jason Lough. “Tonight we did a good job of stringing them together with runners on base.”

Eakins seemed to get stronger as the game wore on.

“I think Rylee’s double helped her pitching,” added Lough. “She made some good pitches when she had to.”

Heaven Harper led off the Mustang sixth with a triple. Centerville committed an error, but the hit that probably closed the door on the Redettes was a two-RBI single by Bodkins. It was her fourth in as many at bats. Hitting lead-off doesn’t offer a lot of chances to drive in runs, but Bodkins had three RBIs to go along with her four hits.

“I switched bats and I think that helped,” said Bodkins. “My job is to get on base and tonight I had a chance to drive in runs.”

The Mustang defense had played strong in support of Eakins over the first six innings, but it faltered a little in the seventh.

“I thought our defense Tuesday against Clarke was really pretty good, and I think that carried over to this game,” said Lough. “We made a couple of miscues in the seventh, but then we made a couple of plays to get out of the inning.”

The two final inning errors by the Mustangs kept the game in doubt until Davis County registered the final out with three Redettes on base.

“We didn’t use our speed like we need to,” said Belloma. “We stole a couple of bases, but we didn’t get the ball on the ground as often as we needed to.”

Maddy Bradshaw and Marissa Shuey were the Mustang seniors honored before the game.

“It was nice to get a win on their night,” said Lough. “They have both given us really good leadership on and off the field.”

Davis County 5, Centerville 2

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Centerville battery — Kiley Micetich (LP) (6IP, 10H, 5R, 3ER, 4K,

0BB), Maddison Lange catching.

2B — Bayleigh Johnson

HR — Lange Hits ---Jessica Demry 1-for-4, Lange 1-for-3, Micetich 1-for-3, Johnson 2-for-3.

RBI — Lange, Johnson.

Runs — Lange, Micetich.

Davis County battery — Rylee Eakins (WP) (7IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 3K, 2BB), Whitney Madden catching.

2B — Eakins.

3B — Heaven Harper.

HR — none.

Hits — Bodkins 4-for-4, Shuey 2-for-3, Connor Wilfawn 1-for-3, Harper 1-for-3, Madden 1-for-3, Eakins 1-for-3.

RBI — Bodkins 3, Shuey, Eakins.

Runs — Bodkins, Harper, Marissa Hamburg, Kaitlyn Francis 2.