After three scoreless innings in their first game of a double bill with Benton Community May 23 at home, the Beckman girls were almost ready to add a second straight win to their young season mark.
Instead, the Bobcats took advantage of a dropped fly to score the first run for a 1-0 lead and went on to win 3-2. They added a second run in the top of the fifth, again on a Blazer miscue that saw a throw aimed at third base roll harmfully into the outfield, letting Bobcat shortstop Taylor Robinson make the score 2-0.
Blazer Kiersten Schmitt opened the bottom of the frame grounding out, but next-up Emily Wulfekuhle singled to center. After Keeley Schmitt ground out, lead-off batter Heather Boeckenstedt drilled a full-count ball deep over the right field fence to knot the game at 2-2.
It stayed there for the next inning, but in the top of the final frame, Robinson opened the inning with her own blast over the right field fence to make it 3-2. The Blazers’ Sydney Steffen gave up a hit to the next batter but a force at second on the third batter began a string of three straight outs to retire the Bobcats. The only trouble was the Blazers couldn’t find the slot in the bottom of the seventh.
They got a measure of revenge in the bottom of the double bill, winning, 7-3.
Boeckenstedt led off the bottom of the first with a single, stole the next base and plated on Steffen’s single to make it 1-0. They added four runs in the third after Benton had taken a 3-1 lead in the top of the frame. Boeckenstedt again began with a single and stole, scoring when Lauren Osterhaus singled. She plated on a Benton error and both Nell McDermott and Kiersten Schmitt scored off Kamryn Klas’ hit.
Those runs were all they needed but two insurance marks came through in the sixth, when the Blazers took advantage of some walks to plate both Klas and Keeley Schmitt.
Stats for the first game include hits: Welling two, Boeckenstedt, Steffen and Klas one. In the second game, those numbers multiplied: Osterhaus and Klas three, Boeckenstedt two, Steffen and Kiersten Schmitt one.
The split moved the Blazers’ record for the new season to 2-1, following their opening win over Dubuque Senior at home May 20, 4-0.
The Blazers scored a run in the second inning, two in the third and another in the fourth and held the Rams scoreless for the rest of the game. Steffen only allowed three hits and fanned nine Rams.
Notching hits for the Blazers were Boeckenstedt and Steffen two, McDermott, Kiersten Schmitt and Wulfekuhle one.