No. 13 Rockets roar past No. 12 Redettes

The Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont softball team meets in the center of the diamond during South Central Conference action in Eddyville.

EDDYVILLE — There are a lot of similarities in the start of the softball seasons for both Centerville and Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

Both teams have split two South Central Conference games. Both teams earned walk-off wins over conference rivals. Both were handed conference losses by the Knoxville Panthers.

The Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union seemed to agree with the similarities between Centerville and EBF, placing the two teams next to each other in the latest Class 3A rankings. On Friday, the Rockets spent seven innings putting plenty of distance between themselves and the Redettes earning a 10-1 SCC win behind a total team effort.

Seven different EBF batters collected a hit off Centerville pitcher Alyssa McElvain, who drove in the first run of the game in the top of the first inning with an RBI single to center to plate Claire Mathews. Back-to-back fielding errors allowed Lillie Hynick to score the tying run in the bottom of the first before an RBI single by Faith Roberts put the Rockets ahead for good.

After giving up the RBI single to McElvain, EBF starting pitcher Reina Taylor settled down allowing just three more hits to Centerville over the final six innings. Roberts and Emalee Davis each had RBI his in the third inning as EBF opened a 5-1 lead. 

"It's good to see these girls don't hang their heads when things don't go their way," EBF head softball coach Tony Fenton said. "We come right back, put people on base and push those runners across. We had a pretty young team last year and have almost every one back. If our pitching holds up, we're going to continue to be tough."

EBF had a strong start Thursday in a 5-1 non-conference home win over North Mahaska, scoring three times in the very first inning. Emma Lenox followed back-to-back walks to Hynick and Taylor with an RBI single that kicked off the scoring. Run-scoring groundouts by Rylee German and Roberts added to EBF's lead.

Payton Deevers doubled twice, including an RBI line drive to left in the third that put EBF up 4-1 against the Warhawks. Deevers doubled and scored in the fifth on an RBI single by Madysen Wade, more than enough insurance for Reina Taylor's complete-game effort in the pitching circle that included six strikeouts and only four hits allowed.

No. 13 EBF (6-2, 2-1 SCC) and No. 12 Centerville (2-2, 1-2 SCC) have weekend plans. While the Redettes will be host Mediapolis and South Tama in Saturday triangular at the Lakeview Athletic Complex, EBF will head up the road to the Lacey Recreational Sports Complex to play three games in the Oskaloosa Classic facing Pella at 9:15 a.m., Norwalk at 2:30 p.m. and Pella Christian at 4:15 p.m.

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