Hosting Wahlert June 7, the Beckman softball team gave the Golden Eagles all they asked for, finally falling in eight innings, 3-2.
The game was a pitcher’s battle, between Wahlert ace Anna Chapman and Beckman’s Sydney Steffen and began with four scoreless innings. Even with a lead-off double on the first pitch she saw, Heather Boeckenstedt was stymied at second in the first inning. It was the only hit Chapman gave up in the first two innings, before Boeckenstedt took her turn again in the bottom of the third. This time it was a single to center but no one else could solve the Chapman balls and she was left again.
Steffen opened the fourth and laced a double to left, but again her sub-runner was left there when the next three Blazers went down.
In the fifth, Wahlert got its first hits off Steffen, but had to wait for their chances after two outs. Isabelle Pfeiffer and Kathryn Nedder drew walks, and Abby Wallace, running for Pfeiffer, stole third. When Ellie Timmerman drilled a ball to left, Wallace scored. That was followed by a shot to center from Natalie Kelzer to score Nedder. But Steffen retired the final batter when she bunted back to the circle and Steffen got her at first.
The Blazers came back in the bottom of the sixth to knot the game, also after two outs. Jadyn Welling opened with a smooth single to left. Steffen and Lauren Osterhaus went down but Kam Klas drew a walk. Nell McDermott bunted hard to the pitcher who mishandled the throw to first, allowing Abby Knepper, running for Welling, to score. Hot on her heels was Kami Kruse, running for the catcher Klas and the Eagles couldn’t get the ball in to catcher Paige Hummel in time. Kruse slid and Hummel tripped over her reaching for the ball and the game was knotted.
Steffen retired the Eagles 1-2-3 in the seventh, but Chapman returned the favor in the bottom of the frame. That set up the eighth, when the opening Timmerman walked and Kelzer bunted to move her ahead. On a sacrifice fly to short, Timmerman scored the winning run.
In the bottom of the frame, Welling repeated her fly to center to reach, Steffen bunted her over. But Osterhaus whiffed for the second out before Klas drew another walk. Trouble was, McDermott went down swinging for the game.
Tourney games at Anamosa the following day were not all winning games. The Blazers fell to Maquoketa, 9-4, and West Liberty, 10-1. They defeated CR Washington 10-7.
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