By ROGER THOMAS
SIGOURNEY – Facing a team three times in one season is never easy, and Sigourney found out just how tough that could be as they downed Montezuma 6-5 in second-round district softball action, Wednesday in Sigourney. Montezuma rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to pull within one and had two runners on base, but Jordan Carter recorded her 14th strikeout to end the game.
Sigourney had defeated Montezuma handily in the previous two meetings but their first-round bye gave them a lay-off that almost cost them. The Savages had only five hits in the game and two untimely errors that caused four of the five Bravette runs to be unearned.
“Our lack of hitting came completely out of the blue,” said Sigourney coach Shelly Streigle. “I don’t think nerves entered in, but the anticipation of what we had in front of us might have had us a little over ready after the days off.”
Carter started her 14 strikeout game with two in the top of the first, and the visitors failed to score. Becca Ohland led off the Sigourney first with a single and would come around to score on a Montezuma error.
After Carter struck out the side in the second, the Savages went up 2-0 in the bottom of the inning. Emily Danowsky delivered the run with an RBI groundout.
Montezuma took advantage of the Savage defense to score twice in the third. A fly ball to right off the bat of Katie Muschman fell to the ground between two outfielders for a triple. She would score as another fly ball to the outfield was misplayed. Both runs were unearned.
The Montezuma defense gave up an unearned run for a 3-2 Sigourney lead in the fourth. Karah Appleget reached on an error to open the inning for the Savages, and a poorly executed run down between third and home allowed Appleget to score. Appleget put herself in a position to score by stealing both second and third. The Savages would have nine stolen bases in the game.
“We have enough speed throughout the line-up that we look to run whenever we can,” said Streigle.
Sigourney went up 5-2 in the fifth. Ohland had her second hit with one out — she would again come around to score on a wild pitch.
“I have always hit in the lead-off spot so I don’t let there be any added pressure because I’m leading off,” said Ohland. “I’m always just trying to get on base, and I think my season has been pretty successful.”
Carter followed with a hit for two runners on, and after Ohland scored on the wild pitch, pinch runner Stacy Mohr stole home when the Bravettes tried to get a runner going to second.
Carter, who had at least one strikeout in every inning, again struck out the side in the Montezuma sixth.
“I look for strikeouts because that is a way that I can best contribute to my team,” said Carter. “I’m glad I was able to get some all the way through the game.”
Sierra Davis’ leadoff single in the Sigourney sixth turned into a run and a 6-2 lead as she scored on a wild pitch.
Then came the scary seventh for the Savages. Carter’s 13th strikeout opened the inning, but then the next five Bravettes reached base. Back-to-back one-out singles were followed by Colleen Johnston’s RBI double, and the lead was 6-3. A Savage error then allowed two runs to score, and the lead was cut to one. Another Montezuma hit put runners at first and second but Carter would induce a ground ball out before recording her 14th strikeout to end it.
“This is a loose, confident group and even if this wasn’t the prettiest of wins – we’ll take it and be ready Friday night,” said Streigle.
The 21-5, Class 1A 13th-ranked Savages will travel to Lisbon for their match-up against Lisbon. Lisbon advanced with a 13-2 win over H-L-V.
Class 1A, Region 5 Second Round
No. 13 Sigourney 6, Montezuma 5
Mon. 002 000 3 – 5 9 4
Sig. 110 121 x – 6 5 2
Montezuma battery – Johnston (LP) (6IP, 5H, 6R, 4ER, 6K, 3BB), Dakota Norris catching.
2B – Muschman, Johnston.
3B – Muschman.
HR – none.
Hits – Muschman 3-for-4, Courtney Petersen 2-for-4, Johnston 1-for-3, Alex Brenner 2-for-4, Abby Nelson 1-for-4.
RBI – Johnston, Norris.
Runs – Muschman 2, Petersen, Johnston 2.
Sigourney battery – Carter (WP) (7IP, 9H, 5R, 1ER, 14K, 2BB), Bri Schauf catching.
2B – none.
3B – none.
HR – none.
Hits – Ohland 2-for-3, Carter 1-for-4, Si. Davis 1-for-3, Brooke Schroeder 1-for-2.
RBI – Danowsky.
Runs – Ohland 2, Mohr, Appleget, Mateer Strong, Si. Davis.
Sabers end Moravia’s season again
BUSSEY – Down to their final few handful of outs of the season, Bluegrass co-champion Twin Cedars got contributions from all the players in the lineup on Wednesday to keep their season alive.
Shelby Hall delivered the biggest blow with a key two-run hit in a three-run sixth inning as the Sabers rallied from a 2-1 deficit to earn a 4-3 Class 1A, Region 6 second-round win over Moravia, ending the softball season of their conference rival for the second-straight year.
Brittney Roby earned the win for the Sabers in the pitching circle, outdueling Moravia freshman Autumn McDanel with 12 strikeouts over seven innings.
Roby also had an RBI and was one of seven different batters to collect a hit for Twin Cedars.
Moravia finishes the season with a 13-14 record. Twin Cedars (24-8) will advance to a 1A, Region 6 semifinal contest at No. 7 Earlham tonight at 7 p.m.
Class 1A, Region 6 Second Round
Twin Cedars 4, Moravia 3
T.C. 000 103 0 — 4 7 2
Mor. 000 200 1 — 3 2 1
Twin Cedars battery — Brittney Roby (W, 15-5) (7IP, 2H, 3R, ER, 12K, 3BB).
Hits — Payton Fee 1-2, Shelby Hall 1-2, Roby 1-2, Megan Anderson 1-3, Bailey Dunkin 1-3, Baylee Zellmer 1-3, Ayla Crosby 1-4.
RBI — Hall 2, Roby.
Runs — Dunkin, Fee, Alee Hugen, Stone.
New London’s Christner no-hits M-U
MOULTON – New London freshman pitcher Morgan Christner tossed a four-inning no-hitter on Wednesday night, striking out 11 Moulton-Udell batters to record the 12 outs needed as the Tigers advanced in Class 1A, Region 6 second-round softball action with a 15-0 victory over the Eagles.
Christner also had three hits, including a pair of doubles, and had three RBI for the Tigers at the plate. New London (28-9) will play WACO in Danville tonight in the 1A, Region 6 semifinals with the winner playing Pella Christian against either Twin Cedars or No. 7 Earlham for a berth in the state softball tournament on Monday.
Moulton-Udell ends the season with a record of 7-21.