Courier sports staff
---- — ELDON — The Cardinal softball team did more on Thursday then simply extend its winning streak to six-straight games. The Comets earned a win that might have a long-lasting impact on its season.
Facing eighth-ranked (3A) West Burlington, the defending Southeast Iowa Superconference south division champion, Cardinal won a nail-biting battle with an RBI base hit by Schuyler Conger that plated Jessie McElderry in the sixth inning. It was just the second hit of the night for the Comets, but it would be enough for sophomore pitcher Lexi Fullenkamp.
After allowing the pitcher to reach base, McElderry helped out Fullenkamp by throwing the runner out trying to steal second. Fullenkamp got the next two batters to clinch a huge 3-2 victory that came in a somewhat improbable way.
“We forced six walks to get on base and we scored our two runs in the second both on passed balls,” Cardinal head softball coach Hiliarie Droz said. “Jessie got on in the sixth off their one error, but that’s all we needed. She stole second and got to third when the throw went to outfield before Schuyler drove her in.”
Cardinal moves to 6-2 with the win and 3-1 in the SEISC South. The Comets’ only conference loss thus far was a 3-1 season-opening set back in eight innings at second-ranked (1A) New London.
“This win gives us a lot of momentum moving forward,” Droz said. “I’m very proud of the girls. I really don’t expect anything less from them. Hopefully we just keep getting solid wins like these.”
Cardinal will be back on the diamond at the Oskaloosa Invitational tournament, facing the 12th-ranked (4A) Indians in their home tournament before taking on Lynnville-Sully later in the day.
Cardinal 3, No. 8 (3A) West Burlington 2
W.B. 100 010 0 — 2 9 1
Card. 020 001 x — 3 2 2
Cardinal battery — Lexi Fullenkamp (W, 6-2) (7IP, 9H, 2R, 2ER, K), Jessie McElderry catching.
Hits — Lindsey Davis 1-1, Schuyler Conger 1-2.
RBI — Conger.
Runs — Conger, Davis, McElderry.
Lady Dees lock down SCC win over Davis County
ALBIA – The Albia Lady Dees kept a five-game winning streak going on Thursday with a win over Davis County in South Central Conference action. Albia scored a 7-1 win over the Mustangs in a game that was far different from the non-conference battle with Moravia one night earlier
On Wednesday, Albia battled back after allowing five runs in the first inning to beat the Mohawks, 12-7, in a non-conference area slugfest. The Lady Dees used a five-run inning of their own in the bottom of the fifth to snap a 7-7 tie.
Makenzie Griffin provided a big blow with a home run, highlighting a 2-3 night at the plate that included a team-best four RBI. Sydney Weldon set the tone at the top of the lineup, joining Emma Dinneen in going 3-4 at the plate with a double and four runs scored for the senior lead-off hitter.
Albia (6-1, 1-1) is back in action in the Oskaloosa Tournament on Saturday. The Lady Dees will face Newton, South Hardin and Pella.
Davis County (2-6, 0-1) hosts Pekin in a doubleheader tonight starting at 5 p.m. Moravia (1-3) heads to Grandview Park Baptist for a Bluegrass Conference doubleheader today.
Albia 12, Moravia 7
Moravia 510 010 0 — 7 8 2
Albia 230 250 x — 12 13 4
Albia battery — Lexie Van Polen (W, 5-1) (7IP, 8H, 7R, 4K, 3BB), Emma Dinneen catching.
2B — Dinneen, Sydney Weldon.
HR — Makenzie Griffin.
Hits — Dinneen 3-4, Weldon 3-4, Griffin 2-3, Taegen Bossard 2-4, Hannah Isley 1-4, Mary Shepard 1-4, Kaitlyn Speiler 1-4.
RBI — Griffin 4, Spieler 2, Dinneen, Shephard, Weldon.
Runs — Weldon 4, Bossard 2, Dinneen, Griffin, Isley, Hannah Romanco, Shepard, Spieler.
EBF’s Alexander hits for the cycle at Twin Cedars
BUSSEY — Senior Tasha Alexander singled, doubled, tripled and homered to complete the cycle on Wednesday in fourth-ranked (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont’s 11-1 win at Twin Cedars. Alexander finished the night going 4-5 with five RBI and three runs scored.
Nataliah Hopkins picked up her fifth-straight win in the pitching circle for the Rockets. The senior hurler struck out 10 Sabers and didn’t allow a run until the seventh.
The Rockets didn't need a full seven innings to score a second straight 11-1 win in South Central Conference action against Chariton. EBF put away the Chargers in just five innings.
"Our bats are really starting to come to life. The kids are really seeing the ball pretty well," EBF head coach Tony Fenton said. "Haegen (Boyer) came up with a double and triple right off the bat for us (against Chariton). The girls are really starting to step it up."
EBF (6-1, 2-0) will be part of a busy Oskaloosa Invitational tournament on Saturday, facing Washington, Newton and Lynnville-Sully. Twin Cedars (3-2), which got two doubles and run from lead-off hitter Brittney Roby, will also be a part of the tournament in Oskaloosa taking on North Mahaska and Newton.
No. 4 (2A) Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont 11, Twin Cedars 1
EBF 211 220 3 — 11 13 0
T.C. 000 000 1 — 1 7 2
EBF battery — Nataliah Hopkins (W, 5-0) (7IP, 7H, R, ER, 10K, 3BB), Claire Jager catching.
2B — Tasha Alexander, Hopkins.
3B — Alexander.
HR — Alexander.
Hits — Alexander 4-5, Haegen Boyer 3-4, Sadie Baugher 2-4, Hopkins 2-5, Riley Arnold 1-1, McKinley Moore 1-3.
RBI — Alexander 5, Boyer 2, Hopkins, Moore, Bethany Reinhard.
Runs — Alexander 3, Boyer 2, Arnold, Rachel Maloy, Reinhard, Randie Richmond, Paige Shafer, Taryn Swartz.
Twin Cedars battery — Brittney Roby (L, 1-2) (5IP, 10H, 8R, 4ER, 7K, 4BB) and Mackenzie Sedlock (2IP, 6H, 3R, 3ER, K).
2B — Roby 2.
Hits — Roby 2-4, Baylee Zellmer 2-4, Bailey Dunkin 1-3, Jensen Hastings 1-3.
RBI — Dunkin.
Runs — Roby.
No. 12 Osky downs Pella in Little Hawkeye action
PELLA — Alexis Groet stymied Pella batters over seven innings of work in the pitching circle, allowing just one run on two hits to the Little Dutch to lead No. 12 (4A) Oskaloosa to a 6-1 Little Hawkeye Conference win.
Callie Arnold had a double and three RBI for the Indians while Peyton Zickefoose added two hits and two runs driven in. Oskaloosa (6-0, 1-0) will host several teams including many from around the area in their home invitational tournament on Saturday starting at 9 a.m.
Oskaloosa 6, Pella 1
Osky 102 000 3 — 6 8 0
Pella 000 001 0 — 1 2 1
Oskaloosa battery — Alexis Groet (W, 3-0) (7IP, 2H, R, ER, 5K, 3BB), Alexis Westercamp catching.
2B — Callie Arnold, Kailyn Risher.
Hits — Kelsie Tomlin 2-3, Peyton Zickefoose 2-3, Arnold 1-2, Kylee Silliman 1-2, Risher 1-3, Libby Van Mersbergen 1-3.
RBI — Arnold 3, Zickefoose 2.
Runs — Silliman 2, Tomlin 2, Arnold, Van Merbergen.