Bunch’s Dutchgirls win one of four at Rolla

Mackenzie Rademacher and Kaylee Abney (above, from left) converge on a fly ball in the infield with Abney making the catch in senior-night softball action against Cuba. Owensville will open Class 3, District 9 softball tournament action today (Wednesday) in Sullivan against Southern Boone at 6 p.m.
Will Johnson

Over the weekend, John Bunch’s Owensville Dutchgirl softball team closed the September portion of their season at the Rolla Softball Tournament in Phelps County.

Throughout the two-day tournament, OHS saw a pair of familiar opponents from earlier in the season and an additional pair of foes they had yet to see in 2017.

Friday afternoon, Bunch’s Dutchgirls opened their portion of the softball tournament facing Linn’s Lady Wildcats for the third time this season.

In the previous two meetings, Owensville lost to Linn 15-1 at the season-opening Sullivan Tournament before avenging that loss in their home opener days later with a 5-3 victory at Memorial Field.

Friday afternoon, OHS could not overcome seven errors that resulted in seven runs and a 7-0 loss to the Lady Wildcats in five innings due to the tournament time limit.

Even though they were held scoreless, Owensville did get singles from Chloe Sooter and Julie Wright.

Sent to the consolation side of the bracket, another familiar opponent was awaiting the Dutchgirls in Belle’s Lady Tigers.

Defeating Belle 17-5 in late August, Bunch’s Owensville squad went for their second win in as many tries against their Highway 28 neighbors to the west.

Behind a nine-run second, OHS defeated the Lady Tigers 15-0 in four innings.

In the bottom of the first against Belle, Ella Wright and Mackenzie Hoffman both walked. Ella stole second and third base before a Sooter RBI sacrifice fly allowed the Dutchgirl center fielder to score getting Owensville on the board. Hoffman later scored on a Kaylee Abney RBI single giving the Dutchgirls a 2-0 lead after one inning against Belle.

Butch Gehlert’s Lady Tigers nearly cut into Owensville’s lead in the top half of the second inning.

Unable to turn a Brittany White hit-by-pitch and a Mya Honse walk into offense, Belle looked to keep their deficit at two runs.

In the bottom of the second, the Dutchgirls had other ideas.

Delivering the big blows in OHS’ nine-run second inning were Sooter with a two-RBI double and a two-RBI single from Katie Smart who served as the designated player against Belle.

A two-out rally in the top of the third nearly got the Lady Tigers on the board.

Olivia Sanders was hit by a pitch and Shelby James added a one-out single. Sanders was thrown out trying to score on a passed ball keeping Belle off the scoreboard.

Leading 11-0 after two innings, the Dutchgirls looked for more in their half of the third inning.

Adding to their lead in the bottom of the third, Sooter scored again on an Abney RBI triple. Abney later scored on a RBI ground out off the bat of Mackenzie Rademacher.

This gave Owensville a 13-0 advantage after three innings.

Another scoring opportunity presented itself for Belle in the top of the fourth inning.

White singled before Denni Horstman reached on an error. Kaylee Hance walked to load the bases for the Lady Tigers with two outs before the inning ended on a pop fly to the infield.

Smart and Alli Dintelman recorded back-to-back singles before Ella Wright drove them both in to end the game in four innings.

To open day two of softball tournament action in Rolla Saturday morning, Owensville took on Willard’s Lady Tigers.

Falling 14-0 in five innings, the Dutchgirls got a walk and a single from Julie Wright along with another walk from Dintelman.

Concluding the tournament against Marshfield, Owensville could not hold on to an early 2-0 lead before falling 7-2.

Prior to the Rolla Tournament, Owensville defeated Bourbon 15-5 last Thursday before falling to South Callaway 10-6 a day earlier.