The Ottumwa Courier


June 20, 2013

Albia HRs down No. 15 Rockets


If you would have asked the fans in attendance if they thought the scoring was done, nearly everyone would have said — no way. Both coaches were quick to concur.

"No way did I think that four would be enough," said Chance. "The way they hit and score runs — I thought we'd need six or seven."

"Even though we had the base running mistake and left six runners on base early, I was confident that we'd score more," E-B-F coach Tony Fenton added. "We just didn't deliver the timely hit."

The pace of the game slowed but the outcome was still to be determined. The pitchers and defenses would take over. Through the fourth, fifth, and sixth, Van Polen would limit the Rockets to just two base-runners.

"After the first couple of innings, I felt like I was going to pitch a good game," said Van Polen. "My home run, and those early runs really pumped me up."

Albia threatened to add to the two run lead in the fourth. They had two hits, but Rocket starting pitcher, Nataliah Hopkins retired the next 11 hitters in a row to keep her team within two heading to the bottom of the seventh.

Albia committed two errors in the Rockets' last at bat, but three ground ball outs closed out the big win for the Lady Dees.

"After last weekend and how poorly we played, I didn't know what to expect," said Chance. "Our approach at the plate and the job that Lexie (Van Polen) did, especially in the seventh, made it a special win."

"Give most of the credit to Albia," added Fenton. "Van Polen really hit her spots and kept us off balance."

The E-B-F loss makes them 17-5 overall and 4-2 in the SCC The win moves Albia to 8-11 and 3-3 in SCC play.

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