ALBIA — Catcher Alex Beard hit a fourth-inning grand slam and drove in five runs in leading the Class 3A ninth-ranked Albia High School softball team to an 11-3 South Central Conference victory over EBF Monday at the Monroe County Sports Complex.
The Lady Dees, who lost to Rockets in the bottom of the seventh inning in their first meeting of the season, put this contest away early. They scored three times in the bottom of the first to take the lead, then added eight runs over the middle three innings to win easily.
Pitcher Jena Lawrence doubled, tripled and drove in two runs for Albia, while also going the distance for the victory. She struck out five and walked three.
Faith Roberts singled to drive in the first run of the game for EBF, but four errors were key in the Rockets' setback. Reina Taylor allowed just six earrned runs and struck out two in six innings. Taylor and Lillie Hynick also drove in runs for EBF.
Centerville 7, Davis County 3
BLOOMFIELD — Taylor Shinn drove in three runs as the Redettes overcame a three-run, first-inning deficit to defeat the Mustangs in a South Central Conference game.
Shinn's sacrifice fly scored Mickey Stephens and put the Redettes ahead 4-3, and they added another run in the inning and two more in the sixth.
Davis County opened the scoring with a two-run double by Ashton Madden, then Shelby Motykowski hit a sacrifice fly to make it 3-0.
Alyssa McElvain picked up the win for the Redettes, striking out six in seven innings. Madeline Barker took the loss, allowing four earned runs in 5 1/3 innings, striking out three and walking five.
Fairfield 1-17, Mount Pleasant 5-5
MOUNT PLEASANT — Shaylin Drish scored five times and Jenna Norris drove in three runs in a five-inning second game as the Trojans split a Southeast Conference doubleheader at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
Fairfield trailed 5-3 after an inning of the second game before scoring five times in the second, twice in the third, four times in the fourth and three times in the fifth to win by run rule.
Allison Rebling, Coty Engle, Peyton McCabe and Destiny Gridley all drove in two runs in the contest to back Engle, who pitched all five innings and struck out three.
The Trojans couldn't overcome Rebling's 10 walks in the opener despite taking the early led. Mount Pleasant scored three times in the sixth to bust the game open. Hannah Simpson doubled twice in the contest and McCabe scored the Trojans' lone run.
Pekin 10, New London 0
PACKWOOD — In a rematch of a semifinal in the Fairfield Invitational, the Panthers scored all their runs in the middle innings to blow out the Tigers in a five-inning SEI Superconference crossover game.
Zoey Wright went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Emilee Linder and Ellie Ledger also scored twice.
Cari Duwa tossed a three-hit shutout and walked one.
Melcher-Dallas 8, Cardinal 6
ELDON — The Comets surrendered four first-inning runs and never led as they suffered a nonconference setback.
Maddie Cloke had two hits and drove in a pair of runs for Cardinal, while Caitlyn Reber had three hits out of the leadoff spot. Lydia Moses also had two hits in the contest.
Kassidy Verrips took the loss, allowing four earned runs in seven innings. She struck out 11 and walked two.
No. 10 Centerville 11, Davis County 7
BLOOMFIELD — The Class 3A 10th-ranked Big Reds and Mustangs combined for a dozen errors, but Centerville's big push early in the game was enough to withstand Davis County in a South Central Conference matchup.
Centerville scored twice in the opening inning, then added five in the third for a 7-0 lead. The Big Reds scored just two earned runs in the contest as Davis County was charged with seven errors.
Merrick Mathews went 4-for-4 with two runs scored for Centerville, while McCain Oden scored three times.
Davis County scored in four consecutive innings in the middle of the game, but couldn't stop the Big Reds from answering.
Trevor Slayton went 3-for-4 with three RBIs for the Mustangs, and also took the loss as he lasted just 3 2/3 innings. He allowed nine runs, one earned.
Fairfield 3-6, Mount Pleasant 5-4
MOUNT PLEASANT — The Trojans rallied from a three-run deficit on Tristin Waugh's two-run single in the fourth inning in the second game to salvage a Southeast Conference split with the Panthers at the Mapleleaf Athletic Complex.
Fairfield fell behind 3-0 after two innings before rallying, and then added an insurance run in the sixth.
Waugh drove in four runs in the contest, while Brittain Bowman and Caden Jones also had RBIs. Jones pitched the first three innings before Jackson Weaton threw the final four to get the win. Weaton allowed just two hits and struck out three.
In the opener, Fairfield squandered a 3-0 lead as the Panthers scored four times in the bottom of the fifth to pick up the win. Waugh and Jones drove in runs in that contest.
Kosta Papazogolou struck out eight in 4 1/3 innings, but took the loss. Jaxon Hoyle's two-out single broke a 3-3 tie in the fourth, followed by a wild pitch to score another run and extend the Panthers' lead.
EBF 4-5, Albia 0-2
ALBIA — Jared McRea threw a two-hit shutout and struck out six in the opener to help the Rockets sweep the Blue Demons in a South Central Conference doubleheader at Monroe County Sports Complex.
Jaden Herr hit a three-run home run in the opener to back McCrea's performance.
In the second game, Logan McCrea allowed one unearned run and struck out four, while Wyatt Klynn had two RBIs in the contest.
EBF (9-6, 7-3 SCC) visits Colfax-Mingo Tuesday.