Youth softball recap
Sluggers snap losing streak
Tuesday, May 29
After losing games back-to-back for the first time this season, the CFM Sluggers got back to business, exceeding their offensive production from the last two games combined (11 runs) and taking another shutout win from Higginsville Earthworks.
Every single Slugger to step up to the plate would reach base in this one, with Brooke Bonar (2-3, double, two runs, three RBI, three stolen bases) and Rinley Hulver (2-3, run, five stolen bases) leading the way. Olivia Hemme (five stolen bases, two runs) and Emily Wilkins (six stolen bases, three runs) drew two walks apiece.
Olivia Hemme threw a complete game shutout, going all four innings and allowing just one hit and one walk. Nine of the 12 outs she recorded were punchouts.
The Sluggers advanced to 7-3 on the season. Including the opening-game smackdown they laid on Higginsville, they have outscored them 26-0 on the season.
Lions Club still prowling for first win after tough week
Tuesday, May 29
CFM Hot Shots 20
Lions Club 0
Despite a valiant effort, Lions Club couldn’t keep this matchup competitive, as they would go on to get torched by the Hot Shots, 20-0.
Katlyn Maggert (1-2, double) and Elizabeth Shahan (1-2) got the only two hits of the contest for Lions Club, although Olivia Johnson’s two plate appearances both ended in walks as well. Elizabeth Shahan and Alex Oetting shared pitching duties, and both struggled.
Thus, however, is the nature of the sport, and both surely left this matchup excited to improve upon this performance and take care of business in future appearances.
The loss dropped the Lions Club to 0-7 on the season.
Friday, June 1
Lions Club 9
While both teams got out to hot starts (five runs each in the first inning), only Carrollton Sonic would stay hot, as they would extend their lead to 15-6 before a late Lions Club rally would come up short, eventually leading to a narrow 15-9 loss.
Each team had three hits, as walks were easy to come by in this matchup. Unfortunately, Lions Club gave up 18 while drawing just seven. They also struck out eight times, while striking out five Carrollton batters.
Elizabeth Shahan (3-3, two runs, three stolen bases) and Kaitlyn Maggert (1-2, two RBIs, one walk, two stolen bases) picked up all three hits for Lions Club. Maggert also led the team with her multiple RBIs).
The tight loss drops Lions Club to 0-8 on the season.
Concordia Bowl 11
Concordia Bowl wasted no time in their matchup with Higginsville, striking early and often en route to the 11-0 victory.
Izabel Koonce threw a four-inning no-hitter, striking out all 12 batters she got out and walking just three batters. Koonce has placed her stake as one of the league’s top pitchers, dominating in nearly every appearance from the circle.
Jenesis Diamond (2-2, two runs, one RBI) and Koonce (1-1, two runs, one RBI) led the offense, while Chloe Fahrmeier and Rylie Gordillo also scored twice.
Concordia advances to 8-0 on the season. Time will tell how long their winning streak will last, but all signs point to it sticking around for the foreseeable future.