Lady Orioles edge Saint Paul in wild slugfest

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

There was a little bit of everything on Tuesday, April 4, at the Lions’ Club Field, but the Concordia Lady Orioles managed to escape from the Saint Paul Lady Saints 11-10 in a softball spectacle.

Sami Brackman led off the game with a walk, stole second, and eventually scored on a passed ball to give the Lady Orioles a 1-0 lead.

But the Lady Saints fired right back in the bottom of the first inning. Lynda Bennett knocked a one-out single to right field and scored on a double by Chloe Fuhrman. Chelsea Dillon reached on an error and eventually scored on a passed ball to jump ahead 2-1.

Saint Paul added on in the second with 3 more runs, with Dillon and Joanna Puester getting RBI knocks that extended the lead to 5-1.

Brackman again gave Concordia a lift with a walk that turned into a run, but this time she used theatrics, stealing home in the third to trim the deficit.

The Lady Saints seemed to seize control with a huge two-out rally in the fourth. Clara Nebel doubled to deep center and scored on a triple by Bennett. Dillon doubled Bennett home and eventually scored on a base hit by Meghann Roepe, part of a five-run outburst.

Down 10-2, literal and figurative storm clouds were gathering for the Lady Orioles. But a 5-run fifth immediately closed the gap, including key walks and a huge RBI double by Jacobi Powers.

Bailey Heimsoth led off the sixth with a single and stole second to keep Concordia rolling. After back-to-back base hits loaded the bases, Justice Workman was hit by a pitch to bring in one run, Raelynn Caldwell singled in another, and Abby Goolsby and Brackman walked in the tying and go-ahead runs.

Those walks couldn’t have come at a better time. The stormy skies opened up and brought lighting as the top of the seventh concluded, and the game was called early before the Lady Saints could respond to Concordia’s rally.

Bennett, Dillon and Puester had 2 hits each to lead the Lady Saints. Bennett scored 3 runs, while Dillon came around to score twice.

Heimsoth, Powers and Jacey Smith each collected a pair of hits to pace the Lady Orioles. Brackman, Powers and Caldwell also each had a pair of runs scored.

Moriah Brooks got the start but had her struggles, allowing 9 earned runs in 3 2/3 innings on 7 hits and 3 walks while striking out 3. Brackman pitched 2 1/3 scoreless frames in relief, giving up just 2 hits and picking up a punchout.

The Lady Saints fall to 2-4. Saint Paul host Wellington to continue conference play. The Lady Orioles improve to 6-3 on the season. Concordia has a busy week ahead, facing Lincoln, Wellington, Lone Jack, Orrick, and the top-ranked in the state Sweet Springs Lady Greyhounds.

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