The bats were hot for the Maquoketa Valley softball team when it outscored Midland, 20-1, to sweep a doubleheader in Wyoming May 30, but their offense was up and down as they split their four games at a two-day tournament hosted by North Fayette Valley in West Union May 31 and June 1.
Taya Tucker went 3-for-4 with a home run and four RBIs to lead the Wildcats to a 12-0 victory over Midland (0-11) in game one of the doubleheader. The Wildcats scored three runs in both the first and second innings, added two more runs in the third and plated four runs in the fifth to back-up a three-hit shutout by Allie Knipper.
Maddy Anderegg chipped in with two hits and two RBIs. Payton Beaman and Olivia Hoeger both had two hits and Knipper and Brooke Elgin both scored two runs in the blow-out win.
In game two, the Wildcats grabbed a 4-0 lead after two and a half innings as they cruised to an 8-1 win. Beaman pitched a complete game to get her first victory of the season as she allowed just one earned run on five hits, but she gave up six walks and struck out four.
Tucker stayed hot going 3-for-4 with two doubles, scored a run and knocked in one. Carissa Sabers, a freshman, went 3-for-4 with three doubles, an RBI and scored twice. Elgin had two hits, scored two runs and Anderegg had two hits, two RBIs and scored a run.
On day one of the tournament, the Wildcats took advantage of some MFL MarMac (2-2) miscues as they jumped out to a 5-1 lead through five innings. The Bulldogs responded with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh, but Beaman and the Wildcats were able to close out the game to get the win. Maddie Lahr had three hits and an RBI to lead the Wildcats’ nine-hit attack. Beaman struggled late in the circle giving up nine hits and eight walks, but only allowing three earned runs.
In the Wildcats’ second game, they jumped all over Osage (3-4) as they blasted their way to a 25-6 win. They scored eight times in the first inning and 17 runs in the second inning as Rylie Aldrich earned the victory.
Lahr stayed hot going 3-for-3 with two RBIs and scored twice. Anderegg, Hoeger, Ries and Elgin each had two hits and scored three runs. Aldrich drove in four runs, Beaman and Elgin both had three RBIs while Anderegg and Knipper each had two RBIs.
Saturday was a different story at the tournament as the Wildcats struggled to score runs. They were shutout by Oelwein (1-6), losing 5-0, and suffered a tough 3-2 nine-inning loss to North Fayette Valley (4-2).
Knipper and Beaman combined to throw a seven-hitter as four of the five runs they allowed were earned, but the Wildcats couldn’t get a run across the plate for the first time this season.
In the final game of the tournament, the Wildcats found themselves down 2-1 entering the top of the seventh inning, but managed to score a run to force extra innings. Even though they weren’t able to win, the young Wildcats earned a lot of experience playing in a tight game battling the entire way.
“It was another good week of learning and getting better. We played two great games against Midland,” said Macey Kintzle, head coach of the Wildcats. “It was great to see new teams this weekend. We struggled to hit the ball Saturday, but now we know where we need to put in work and we will come back ready for some great ball games.”