The Southwood varsity softball team split a pair of games with Maconaquah Saturday. The Lady Knights fell in game one 5-3, then came back to win game two
In game one Maconaquah would score in four of the first five innings to lead 5-0 before Southwood made some noise. In the bottom of the 5th, Abby Grossnickle reached on an error and advanced to second to get things started. Lacey Goble and Mikayla Mettler followed with walks to load the bases, when Logan Hensley singled to score two. Jenny Bentley would then hit in to a fielders choice that scored Mettler to make it 5-3.
Neither team would score the remainder of the game with Maconaquah taking game one 5-3.
Logan Hensley led the offense, going 4 for 4 with a double and 2 rbi’s. Bailey Lundmark had the other Knight hit, which was a triple.
Jordyn Chain took the loss on the mound, going 7 innings, striking out 5 and walking 3.
Jenny Bentley would be on the mound for Southwood in game two and the Knights wasted no time giving her support. After Bentley shut down Maconaquah in the first, Southwood went to work. After walks by Goble and Mettler, Hensley came through again with a single to put Southwood up 1-0. With two outs, Courtney Simpson doubled in the second Southwood run to lead 2-0 after one.
The Lady Knights would manufacture another run in the second and led 3-0 when they exploded in the third. With one out Bailey Lundmark singled and was followed by a single from Grossnickle and Chain being hit by a pitch. Meranda Friend then singled home a run to make it 4-0, followed by a Mettler single scoring two, 6-0. Jenny Bentley would then triple to clear the bases and the Knights led 9-0 after three.
The Knights would give up three runs in the 4th and one in the 6th to hang on for the 9-4 win.
Mettler, Hensley and Friend each had two hits to lead the offense. Southwood had 11 hits.
Jenny Bentley got the win, going 7 innings, striking out 14 and walking 4.
Coach Troyer ”We are starting to become better contact hitters and that’s a great sign as we move into the heart of our schedule. Our defense played great in both games with every player contributing to the win in game 2. We still make some mental errors that cost us in game one, but if we can improve we can become a dangerous team in the coming weeks. Proud of our continuous effort in game one even after we got down and we carried that momentum into the early lead in game two. Great double header today for us as a team against a quality opponent”