In six conference games last week, the Beckman softball team won four, double bills from Vinton-Shellsburg at home and South Tama there.
In the home opener against Vinton-Shellsburg June 13, the Blazers won the first game, 7-4, behind two home runs and four RBIs from Sydney Steffen, who added nine strikeouts in the circle.
When asked, Steffen said the only other time she had two dingers in one game was when she was an eighth-grader playing against Ed-Co. “It was the first year playing varsity, and this is my last year,” she smiled.
Steffen’s first homer gave them a 2-0 lead in the first inning after Heather Boeckenstedt had reached via bunt to open. In the second, Kamryn Klas singled to begin the frame. After two outs, Keeley Schmitt drilled a ball to right to plate Klas. Schmitt scored when Boeckenstedt tripled to center and it was 4-0.
They waited until the fourth to move again, after V-S had scored a run in the top of the frame. Nell McDermott reached when the fielder dropped her shot and Schmitt singled. McDermott was tagged stealing but Schmitt came in when Boeckenstedt singled again, making it 5-1.
Steffen’s second yard ball opened the Blazer fifth for a 6-1 lead and her single to center in the sixth scored their final run, Jami Kruse courtesy-running for Schmitt. V-S tried to make it a game in the seventh, but after giving up three hits to open, and then watching those three come in, Steffen shut down the final batters for the win.
The team racked up 15 hits in the win, with Boeckenstedt going 4-for-4, Steffen 3-for-4, Keeley Schmitt 3-for-3, McDermott and Klas 2-for-3 while Wulfekuhle added a hit. Steffen scattered seven hits but took out nine batters by way of strikes and walked none.
In the nightcap, Beckman made 14 hits count for 16 runs in a 16-6 win. Two big innings gave them a leg up, seven in the second, six in the fourth. Boeckenstedt went 3-for4, Kiersten Schmitt 2-for-2, Osterhaus and Wulfekuhle 2-for-3, with Steffen, Welling, Klas, Shea Steffen and McDermott adding hits.
Kiersten Schmitt got the decision, allowing six runs on four hits with four walks and a strikeout. Shea Steffen threw the final 2 2/3 innings and gave up a single hit.
The night before the Blazers were at South Tama for 12-0 and 21-1 wins.
In the 12-0 win, Wulfekuhle “hit just a rocket out of the park,” said coach Ryan Meisner. “It was her first varsity homerun and she was so excited.”
The bomb was the highlight of her game even though she went 2-for-3 and notched five RBIs. A seven-run fifth ended the game quickly for Sydney Steffen, who allowed two hits and struck out five.
In the second game, six first-inning runs and 13 second ended things even earlier. This time they made 13 hits account for most of the runs and took advantage of 10 free passes. Keeley Schmitt was 3-for-3, Sydney Steffen 2-for-3 while eight other Blazers added hits: Boeckenstedt, Welling, Osterhaus, Wulfekuhle, McDermott, Isabell Kruse, Abby Knepper and Jami Kruse. Steffen took the win giving up just two hits and fanning four, walking none.
The only blemish in the week for the Blazers was a double loss at Mount Vernon, 2-1 and 1-0 in 10 innings.
In the 2-1 decision, they hit eight times, with Sydney Steffen going 2-for-3, Boeckenstedt 2-for-4, with Welling, Klas, Osterhaus and Wulfekuhle getting hits. Steffen gave up six hits and whiffed one batter.
The 10-inning scoreless marathon saw the Blazers waste nine hits: Sydney Steffen 3-for-5, McDermott 2-for-5, Klas, Osterhaus, Kieersten Schmitt and Wulfekuhle. Steffen also got the loss with a full game of throwing, striking out seven batters, passing three.
The Blazers split the games they played at the annual West Delaware Tournament June 14-15, capturing fourth place overall, winning against Ed-Co, 8-1, and Kee, 5-2, on Friday and falling to the host team, 4-0, the eventual tourney runner-up to North Linn, and Williamsburg, 3-0, who claimed third with their win over Beckman Saturday.
Sydney Steffen tagged two triples in the Ed-Co win as the team tallied 15 hits and waited for eight walks. Steffen and Kiersten Schmitt were 3-for-5, Boeckenstedt and Welling 2-for-3 while every other Blazer added a hit. Steffen took the win fanning five and passing three.
Taking down Kee, the Blazers used 12 hits from Boeckenstedt (3-for-4) Steffen (2-for-2), Welling and Klas (2-for-4) and three other hitters. Steffen also got the win by striking out three and passing no one.
Against ranked teams the following day, things didn’t go as well. West Delaware only allowed them a single hit (Boeckenstedt) while Steffen gave up six and fanned just one.
In the Williamsburg game, they managed three hits (Boeckenstedt, Steffen and Kiersten Schmitt) and Steffen allowed just two hits that gave up three runs, none of them earned, while she fanned five batters and walked no one.