The Ottumwa Courier

June 18, 2013

EBF remains red-hot; Osky suffers first loss

Courier sports staff
Ottumwa Courier

---- — 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.”

Miranda Davis had two hits for Chariton while sophomore pitcher Ellie Bengtson allowed just one earned run over seven innings in the circle.

The Chargers (4-8, 1-3) took on Centerville on the road Monday while No. 15 (2A) EBF was looking for their 12th-straight win at home against Albia in a pair of SCC matchups as the Courier went to press.

Centerville fell to 10-12 on the season, losing three games at Osky on Saturday to Bondurant-Farrar 5-0, Pella Chrstian 8-2 and fifth-ranked Carlisle 8-1. Rachel Valentine had three hits and three RBI for the Redettes in the tournament.

Oskaloosa, the ninth-ranked team in 4A, saw its season-opening 14-game winning streak end on Saturday at the tail end of their home tournament. After beating PCM 6-1 and Creston 2-0, the Indians suffered their first loss of the season to Bondurant-Farrar 4-1.

Aubrey Miller had a three-hit effort for the Indians in win over PCM, doubling twice while driving in two runs and scoring once, as part of a four-hit tournament effort. Kylie Silliman drove in both runs for Osky against Creston with a double while throwing a three-hit shutout.

No. 9 (4A) Oskaloosa took on Norwalk in Little Hawkeye Conference play Monday night at press time. The 11th-ranked Indians (14-1) head to Albia tonight for an area non-conference matchup while Chariton (4-8, 1-3) heads to Pella. Centerville will host Fairfield in a doubleheader this evening while No. 15 (2A) EBF (17-4, 4-1) is off until an SCC home game against Davis County on Thursday.

Saturday’s Games

Oskaloosa Indian Classic

No. 15 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 4, Keokuk 0

EBF 1 0 0 0 0 0 3 — 4 6 0

Char. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 0

EBF battery — Nataliah Hopkins (W, 13-3) (7IP, 3H, 5K), Jarrah Jensen catching.

2B — Tasha Alexander, Hopkins, Paige Shafer.

Hits — Hopkins 2-4, Makenzie Jensen 1-3, Alexander 1-4, McKinley Moore 1-4, Shafer 1-4.

RBI — Alexander,Hopkins, J. Jensen, Moore.

Runs — Shafer 2, Syline Busch, Haegen Boyer.

No. 15 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 3, Bondurant-Farrar 1

EBF 0 0 2 1 0 0 3 — 3 8 1

B-F 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 —1 7 0

EBF battery — Nataliah Hopkins (W, 14-3) (7IP, 7H, R, 5K, BB), Jarrah Jensen catching.

3B — Rachel Maloy.

HR — Tasha Alexander.

Hits — Haegen Boyer 2-2, Sadie Baugher 2-3, J. Jensen 1-2, Alexander 1-3, Maloy 1-3, Bethany Reinhard 1-3.

RBI — Alexander 2, Maloy.

Runs — Alexander, Makenzie Jensen, Ashley Pilcher.

No. 9 (4A) Oskaloosa 6, PCM 1

Osky 0 0 0 1 1 4 0 — 6 9 0

PCM 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 — 1 3 0

Oskaloosa battery — Alexis Groet (W) (7IP, 3H, R, ER, 10K, 5BB), Shawni Wills catching.

2B — Aubrey Miller 2

3B — Kylie Hill.

Hits — Miller 3-3, Hill 2-3, Wills 2-3, Callie Arnold 1-3, Kelsie Tomlin 1-3.

RBI — Miller 2, Wills 2, Arnold, Tomlin.

Runs — Hill 2, Kirsti Edwards, Miller, Kailyn Risher, Wills.

No. 9 (4A) Oskaloosa 2, Creston 0

Oskaloosa 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 — 2 5 0

Creston 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 0

Oskaloosa battery — Kylee Silliman (W) (7IP, 3H, 4K, BB), Shawni Wills catching.

3B — Silliman.

Hits — Peyton Zickefoose 2-3, Kylie Hill 1-2, Silliman 1-2, Aubrey Miller 1-3.

RBI — Silliman 2.

Runs — Kristi Edwards, Hill.

Bondurant-Farrar 4, No. 9 (4A) Oskaloosa 1

Osky 001 00 — 1 4 1

B-F 010 12 — 4 6 0

Oskaloosa battery — Peyton Zickefoose (L) (4IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER) and Kylee Silliman (IP, H, 2R, ER), Shawni Wills catching.

2B — Wills.

Hits — Callie Arnold 1-2, Kailyn Risher 1-2, Zickefoose 1-2, Wills 1-3.

RBI — Wills.

Runs — Risher.

Bondurant-Farrar 5, Centerville 0

CV 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 2

BF 3 0 0 0 0 2 x — 5 7 0

Centerville battery — Kiley Micetich (L) (6IP, 7H, 5R, 2ER, 3K, 3BB).

Hits — Alyssa Barger 1-2, Lexi Riggell 1-2.

Pella Christian 8, Centerville 2

PC 0 0 0 1 4 0 3 — 8 10 0

CV 1 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 2 7 1

Centerville battery — Colleen Boyle (L) (7IP, 10H, 8R, 6ER, 4K, BB).

3B — Rachel Valentine.

Hits — Valentine 2-4, Taylor Jewett 1-1, Lexi Riggell 1-3, Maddison Lange 1-3, Boyle 1-4, Jessica Demry 1-4.

RBI — Riggell, Valentine.

Runs — Alyssa Barger, Kaitlyn Moore.

No. 5 (4A) Carlisle 8, Centerville 1

Carlisle 1 2 1 1 1 2 0 — 8 9 0

C’ville 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 — 1 5 3

Centerville battery — Kiley Micetich (L) (4IP, 5H, 5R, ER, BB) and Colleen Boyle (3IP, 4H, 3R, ER, 2K, BB).

Hits — Alyssa Barger 1-2, Taylor Jewett 1-2, Maddison Lange 1-3, Kiley Micetich 1-3, Rachel Valentine 1-3.

RBI — Valentine.

Runs — Barger.

Thursday’s Game

No. 15 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 3, Chariton 0

EBF 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 — 3 7 0

Char. 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 2

EBF battery — Nataliah Hopkins (W, 12-3) (7IP, 3H, 6K), Jarrah Jensen catching.

2B — Shelby Allgood.

Hits — Allgood 2-3, Paige Shafer 2-4, Tasha Alexander 1-2, Sadie Baugher 1-3, Hopkins 1-4.

RBI — Makenzie Jensen, Bethan Reinhard.

Runs — Allgood, Baugher, Taryn Swartz.

Chariton battery — Ellie Bengtson (L, 4-7) (7IP, 7H, 3R, ER, 2K, 2BB), Emma Fuhs catching.

Hits — Miranda Davis 2-3, Kourtney Nichols 1-3.

Pekin wins 2 of 3 at Woodward

PEKIN – The Pekin softball team bounced back from a disappointing pair of losses, including a conference setback that was hampered by seven errors, to win two out of three games Saturday at the Woodward-Granger Tournament. The Panthers scored 30 runs in three games, coming up one inning short of a clean sweep over the weekend.

Pekin hammered Panorama in the opening game of the day, scoring seven runs in the fifth to close the game early, and held off a late rally to beat Woodward-Granger 10-9 by scoring five runs in the last two innings of the tournament. Saydel rallied for six runs in the seventh inning to snap a late tie in a 13-7 victory over Pekin in the second game for the Panthers.

Cheyann Lankford earned two wins in the pitching circle in the tournament and had five hits for the Panthers along with four RBI and a team-best six runs scored.

Seven Pekin errors combined in the first and fourth errors helped open the doors for Wapello to score eight six unearned runs Thursday night, resulting in a 9-4 victory that allowed Wapello to earn a Southeast Iowa Superconferce north season sweep of the Panthers.

“We gave up seven outs in the first inning. They scored three runs without a hit,” Pekin head coach Bryan Marley said. “When you extend innings like that, you’re going to give up big innings.”

Brittany Gillam had a pair of hits and a pair of runs for the Panthers while Cheyann Lankford came up with two hits and a run.

Pekin returned home for an SEISC north matchup with Winfield-Mount Union Monday as the Courier went to press. The Panthers (10-7, 7-3) also play in conference action tonight in a doubleheader at Columbus.

Saturday’s Games

Woodward-Granger Tournament

Pekin 13, Panorama 3 (5)

Pekin 0 3 0 3 7 — 1 3 9 1

Pano. 1 2 0 0 0 — 3 5 2

Pekin battery — Cheyann Lankford (W, 7-2) (5IP, 5H, 3R, 2ER, 4K), Tiana Slaney catching.

2B — Brittany Gillam, Lankford, Kelsie Spilman.

Hits — Lankford 3-5, Gillam 2-3, Slaney 1-1, Madelyn Baker 1-3, Maranda Baker 1-4, Spilman 1-4.

RBI — Mad. Baker 2, Gillam 2, Lankford 2, Slaney 2, Sloan Reighard.

Runs — Lankford 3, Mar. Baker 2, Gillam 2, Reighard 2, Nikole Arendt, Courtney Comstock, Maleaha Earnest, Spilman.

Saydel 13, Pekin 7

Saydel 1 0 0 0 6 0 6 —13 14 2

Pekin 1 0 0 2 4 0 0 — 7 8 2

Pekin battery — Courtney Comstock (L, 0-2) (6IP, 13H, 13R, 10ER, K, 4BB) and Cheyann Lankford (IP, H), Sloan Reighard and Comstock catching.

2B — Reighard.

Hits — Reighard 2-3, Madelyn Baker 2-4, Tiana Slaney 2-4, Maranda Baker 1-2, Brittany Gillam 1-4.

RBI — Slaney 2, Mad. Baker, Mar. Baker.

Runs — Mar. Baker 2, Gillam 2, Maleaha Earnest, Lankford, Slaney.

Pekin 10, Woodward-Granger 9

Pekin 1 0 3 1 0 2 3 — 10 12 1

Wood 0 0 2 3 0 0 4 — 9 12 1

Pekin battery — Cheyann Lankford (W, 8-2) (7IP, 12H, 9R, 7ER, 3K, 2BB), Tiana Slaney catching.

2B — Brittany Gillam, Lankford.

Hits — Lankford 3-4, Sloan Reighard 2-3, Maranda Baker 2-4, Gillam 2-4, Payton Atwood 1-2, Madelyn Baker 1-3, Emily Bemis 1-4.

RBI — Mad. Baker 2, Mar. Baker 2, Gillam 2, Bemis, Sloan Reighard.

Runs — Maleaha Earnest 2, Lankford 2, Mar. Baker, Bemis, Courtney Comstock, Gillam, Reighard, Slaney.

Thursday’s Game

Wapello 9, Pekin 4

Wapello 3 0 0 5 01 0 — 9 8 0

Pekin 0 0 1 0 1 2 0 — 4 7 7

Pekin battery — Cheyann Lankford (L, 6-2) (7IP, 8H, 9R, 3ER, 5K, 2BB), Tiana Slaney catching.

Hits — Brittany Gillam 2-3, Lankford 2-5, Maranda Baker 1-1, Emily Adam 1-3, Slaney 1-4.

RBI — Peyton Atwood 2, Mar. Baker, Madelyn Baker.

Runs — Gillam 2, Mar. Baker, Lankford.

Van Buren

beats Harmony

FARMINGTON – Even with their top pitcher still battling a back injury, the Van Buren softball team had no problem hammering out a Southeast Iowa Superconference south division win against county rival Harmony on Friday. The Warriors pounded out eight extra base hits in a 13-1 win in five innings in the battle of Van Buren County rivals despite Taylor Marguia lasting just 1 1/3 innings in the pitching circle.

Marguia hurt her back Monday night in an 8-6 loss to Danville and missed a 4-1 setback to West Burlington. After walking four batters Friday, Marguia was lifted for Alicia Fitzsimmons, who earned the win in the circle.

“I was happy with how Alicia threw for us,” Van Buren head softball coach Eric Speer said. “I just wanted to see how it Taylor was progressing. She threw it alright, but there was some pain.”

No matter who was throwing for Van Buren, the Warriors provided plenty of support at the plate. Hanna Haynes had three hits, including a double and a triple with two RBI and three runs while Jordan Billups hammered a homer, drove in three runs and scored three times as well.

“The seniors really stepped up. They were 9-14 combined,” Speer said. “The middle of our lineup really produced. We’re tough to beat when they hit like that.”

Van Buren (5-7, 2-6) heads to Central Lee tonight for an SEISC South doubleheader.

Van Buren 13, Harmony 1 (5)

Van Buren 5 4 1 0 3 — 13 12 0

Harmony 1 0 0 0 0 — 1 1 3

Van Buren battery — Taylor Marguia (1 1/3IP, R, ER, K, 4BB) and Alicia Fitzsimmons (W) (3 2/3IP, H, 2K, BB), Jesse Cassens catching.

2B — Kadie Meek, Hanna Haynes, Jansen Heckenberg, Abby Ryder.

3B — Haynes, Payten Hughes, Ryder.

HR — Jordan Billups.

Hits — Haynes 3-4, Billups 2-3, Hughes 2-3, Ryder 2-4, Heckenberg 2-4, Meek 1-4.

RBI — Billups 3, Ryder 3, Haynes 2, Hughes 2, Heckenberg 2.

Runs — Billups 3, Haynes 3, Hughes 3, Libby King, Meek, Ryder, Sarah Wells.

Ottumwa JV

suffers first loss

OTTUMWA – The Ottumwa JV red softball team suffered its first loss of the season on Monday, splitting a doubleheader at Cedar Rapids Jefferson.

Ottumwa JV Red won game won over the J-Hawks 6-0 behind a two-hit shutout thrown by Kristen Mincks, which included four strikeouts and a walk. Caroline Carlson had a double and drove in three runs in the opener for Ottumwa while Mallary Simmer doubled and drove in another run in the win.

Game two, however, did not go the Bulldogs’ way as Jefferson scored a 9-1 win over Ottumwa. Mackenzie Sheehan suffered the loss, falling to 12-1, allowing nine hits over six innings while walking seven J-Hawk batters as the Bulldogs fell for the first time in 17 games.

Carlson drove in the only Bulldog run in game two with a double. Kelsey Peyton, Caroline Carlson, Ellie Hammack and Kaleigh Schreiner all went 1-3 in the nightcap.

Ottumwa JV red swept EBF on Friday. Mincks picked up the win in game one for Ottumwa, moving to 13-6 on the season.

Sarah Wetrich had a pair of doubles and a pair of runs while Caroline Carlson homered as part of a 2-3 hitting effort. Kelsey Peyton was 2-3 with a triple and Megan Robertson was 2-2 with a double.

Sheehan moved to 12-0 in game two in the pitching circle for Ottumwa against the Rockets. Wetrich, Kaleigh Schreiner and Robertson all went 2-2 with a run scored for the Bulldogs in the nightcap.

Both Ottumwa JV softball teams will be in action at home over the next two days. The Ottumwa ‘white’ JV team will host a doubleheader against Marshalltown starting at 1 p.m. this afternoon followed by both the red and white teams playing in the Ottumwa JV Classic Wednesday. The Bulldog red team faces Cardinal at 9 a.m. before the Bulldog white squad faces EBF at 10:30 a.m.