The battling Maquoketa Valley softball team went 1-4 this week, being swept in two doubleheaders, but pulled out a 6-0 victory over Central Elkader in Delhi June 17. It was a solid win by the Wildcats as they scored four runs in the bottom of the third and tacked on runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take a 6-0 lead, which was good enough to earn them the non-conference win.

Macy Thompson went 2-for-3 with courtesy runner Lily Hiber scoring a run. Erin Knipper went 1-for-2 with a run scored. Ella Mensen had a double, two RBIs and scored a run. Cadence Freiburger and Addie Vorwald each had a single and an RBI. Jordan Hatfield had a single, scored a run and drove one in. Trista Elgin and Kennedy Rausch each scored a run.

Macy Thompson threw seven innings to get the win, allowed just two hits, one walk and struck out seven as she improved to 3-2 for the season.

The Wildcats dropped game one of their home doubleheader June 13 with Calamus-Wheatland 11-1. The Warriors scored two runs in the top of the third to take a 2-0 lead. They added a run in the top of the fourth and then took advantage of the shaky Wildcats in the fifth when they batted around, posting an eight-spot to grab an 11-0 lead. The Wildcats fought back and scored a run in the bottom of the fifth, but not enough to keep the game going.

Mensen scored the Wildcats’ only run in game one on an RBI single by Freiburger. Carissa Sabers, Trista Elgin and Macy Thompson also had hits for the Wildcats. Thompson took the loss.

Game two had a different vibe as the Wildcats fought the entire seven innings only to fall 5-4.

“They are doing a much better job of forgetting about the game they just played and focusing on the game that’s in front of them. We are working really hard on starting each game fresh,” said Emily Ludovissy, head coach. “We’ve been putting different players in different positions to see what they can do as we search to come up with that special line-up where everyone is clicking.”

The Wildcats clawed their way to a 2-0 lead going into the fourth inning. Both teams scored a run in the fourth and the Warriors (8-10-1) cashed in twice to tie the game at 3-3 going into the bottom of the fifth. The Wildcats took a 4-3 lead, but the Warriors scored the tying run in the top of the sixth and the eventual winner in the top of the seventh.

Cadence Freiburger went five innings in the circle giving up four hits, three runs that were earned, walked seven and struck out three. Kallie Freiburger took the loss as she worked the final two innings. She gave up three hits, two walks and two runs, but only one was earned.

Macy Thompson was 2-for-4 with an RBI. Cadence Freiburger was also 2-for-4. Emma Richter had a single, reached base on an error and scored two runs. Mensen had a single, scored a run and drove one in. Vorwald also had a single and drove in a run. Pinch-runner Jada Knipper scored a run.

Next up for the Wildcats was Central City where they fell in a doubleheader June 16 to the 12th ranked team in Class 1A.

It was all Central City (19-4/12/4) all night long as they scored three runs in the bottom of the second and tacked on five runs in the fourth to take game one 8-0.

The Wildcats managed just six base runners in game one thanks to four singles by Sabers, Thompson, Vorwald and Knipper. Mensen was walked and Vorwald reached base on an error.

Cadence Freiburger started the game and went four innings to take the loss as she was responsible for all eight runs, two earned. She gave up five hits, three walks and struck out nobody. Kallie Freiburger worked the final two innings and only allowed two base runners, one on a hit and one hit batter.

The Wildcats were no-hit in game two and lost 10-0 in five. Only three Wildcats reached base, Dannielle Burkle and Madison Thompson walked and Mensen on an error.

Macy Thompson suffered a tough luck loss in this game as she gave up 10 runs in four-and-a-third innings, all unearned because of nine errors made by the Wildcat defense. She gave up just six hits, walked two and struck out three.

The Wildcats are now 6-13 for the season, 3-13 in the Tri-Rivers Conference, seventh in the West standings.

“We’re trying to find our sweet spot. We want to make sure we are ready for the playoffs when they start,” said Ludovissy. “We’re making a lot of improvements in many different areas of the game. I keep reminding the girls that we are growing and getting better as a team. I see the improvements and just encourage them to keep working because they are getting better as individuals and together as a team. I’m very proud of their efforts.”