Lady Savages late spurt leads to big win

Jordan VanEe launched a ball over the fence to help keep the Lady Savages ahead in a tight battle throughout against English Valleys. A big sixth inning led to a 13-3 win for Sigourney.

The Lady Savages and Lady Bears met up for the second time this year, this time with EV hosting. Both teams were coming off important wins to end loss streaks and were looking to continue building off their momentum when the two competed on June 18. Through five innings the difference was a mere run but then the Lady Savages bats heated up, leading to a 13-3 win.

    Sigourney was able to score a couple early runs in the first two innings while keeping EV scoreless in the process. After Autum Barthelman started the game with a pop fly, Summer Barthelman was able to successfully make it aboard with an infield hit. The throw to first got there just in time but the contact between Summer and EV’s first baseman jarred the ball loose. Summer went on to steal second and put herself in scoring position, a move that proved valuable as Madi Schauf hit a double to bring Summer in. A pinpoint throw from center fielder Audrey Grove beat the speedy Summer and got the tag at home to keep the score at zero.

    “I think our defense has been playing very well,” Sigourney coach Shelly Streigle said. “We’ve taken some knocks but they always bounce back with their best ability.”

    Sigourney would get another chance as Megan Stuhr got on base with a double, allowing Schauf to score from second base. Hannah Lucas got aboard with a single and then stole second, but the inning ended with a pop fly off the bat of Leah Carter. The Sigourney defense wasn’t on the field long as the first three Lady Bears went down in order with one strikeout and to pop flies.

    After pitching a quick inning Jordan VanEe led off the second for Sigourney. She tacked on another run to double the Sigourney lead with a deep solo home run. That was the only damage done in the inning for the Lady Savages as Hannah Marsh got two quick outs and another flyout after Autum reached and stole second. VanEe allowed a single by Grove but proceeded to strike out the side, stranding Grove in scoring position.

    Both teams were able to get a runner in scoring position in the third inning but couldn’t bring them home. EV finally got on the board after allowing the Lady Savages to score another run in the top of the fourth. The Lady Bears led off with a quick pop out followed by a ball crushed by Grove which sailed over the fence in center field. Maleah Ackerman got on base with a single and was sent to second from a sacrifice bunt from Lexie Miller. Maddy Shaw was able to get onto first with an infield single and errant throw which allowed Ackerman to score.

    Sigourney got the run back in the fifth from an infield error after a string of singles and followed that up by batting around the order in the sixth. The complexion of the inning changed within a few inches as Autum hit a line drive that got over the leaping glove from Grove which resulted in a standing triple. Summer drove her in with a single and Megan Stuhr brought her in with a double. The runs kept coming in from RBI singles by Lucas, VanEe, Autum, Summer and Schauf. Stuhr brought in the final two runs with her second double of the inning which made the score 13-2.

    “We just got relaxed and that helped. We’ve been playing tight lately,” Streigle said. “It’s always important for them to see they can string their hits together up and down the lineup.”

    EV managed to get one of those runs back in the bottom of the sixth as Miller had a sacrifice groundout to score Karyssa Westfall and advance Grove to third. Shaw ended the game with a groundout. All but one inning the lead was no greater than two runs but the big inning by the Lady Savages offence led to a 13-3 win for the visitors.

    “The team was right on track with our game plan against Sigourney as we just let it get away from us,” EV coach Steve Hester said. “Sigourney is too good to give one extra out to and we gave them six in one half inning. They took advantage and ran away with the game. I’m proud of how we played up to that point.”

    Lady Savage leaders: Megan Stuhr – 4 hits, Autum Barthelman/Summer Barthelman/Madi Schauf/Megan Stuhr – 2 runs, Jordan VanEe – 1 HR Megan Stuhr – 4 RBIs, Summer Barthelman – 2 SB, Jordan VanEe – 4 Ks

    Lady Bear leaders: Audrey Grove – 2 hits, Karyssa Westfall/Audrey Grove/Maleah Ackerman – 1 run, Audrey Grove – 1 HR, Audrey Grove – 1 RBI, Audrey Grove – 1 SB, Hannah Marsh – 3 Ks

    Rainouts for both teams kept them from playing until June 22 when Sigourney hosted Keota and EV hosted Iowa Valley.