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June 18, 2013

EBF remains red-hot; Osky suffers first loss

OSKALOOSA – Whether it’s in conference play or tournament play, the Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball squad lately cannot seem to lose.

EBF’s winning ways earned them a place in the new Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union softball rankings Thursday, which was quickly followed by a three-run second inning that led the Rockets to a 3-0 South Central Conference win at Chariton. EBF followed that SCC win up Saturday with two more victories, shutting out Keokuk 4-0 before beating Bondurant-Farrar 3-1 at Oskaloosa’s Indian Classic.

Junior pitcher Nataliah Hopkins capped a dominating week in the pitching circle on Saturday in which the Rocket ace allowed just one unearned run in 28 innings of work. After a six-strikeout performance in a three-hit shutout at Chariton and a second-straight three-hit shutout tossed with five strikeouts against Keokuk on Saturday, Hopkins allowed her first run after 23 scoreless innings as Bondurant-Farrar cut EBF’s 2-0 lead in half in the third inning.

Hopkins shook off the run, scattering seven hits over seven innings to run her record to 14-3 on the season. The wins at Osky extended No. 15 (2A) EBF’s winning streak to 11 consecutive games.

Tasha Alexander had the biggest day at the plate for the Rockets in Oskaloosa. After doubling and driving in a run in game one against Oskaloosa, Alexander had a decisive two-run homer in the two-run win over Bondurant-Farrar.

EBF needed just one big inning on Thursday, scoring three runs in the second inning at Chariton. Shelby Allgood had a pair of hits, including a double, and scored one of EBF’s three runs in the second inning.

“We were able to put together some hits and score some runs in that second inning,” EBF head softball coach Tony Fenton said. “We played great defense and took away some hits as well.”

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