Diamond Dutchgirls rally for county bragging rights

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Three days removed from a rough day on their home diamond in the annual Owensville Softball Tournament, John Bunch’s Dutchgirls returned to action last Tuesday at Memorial Field with Gasconade County softball bragging rights on the line against Hermann.

Trailing 4-3 going into the bottom of the fifth inning, Owensville needed a two-out, two-RBI single from Halie Boyer to help OHS to a 6-4 victory county softball bragging rights.

“This was a big win,” Bunch said. “It wasn’t the prettiest one  but none the less, the girls got it done.”

In the top of the first inning, Hermann turned a Grace Hoener walk and a Taylor Spreckelmeyer RBI single into an early 1-0 lead.

Owensville quickly answered in the bottom of the first inning with a two-out rally.

Chloe Sooter walked and later scored on a Lady Bearcat error to tie the game at 1-1 after an inning of softball.

Seeing Dutchgirl pitcher Kaylee Abney retire Hermann in order in the top of the second inning, OHS looked to break the tie in the bottom half of the inning.

Behind another two-out rally, the Dutchgirls did exactly that.

Finding the outfield grass for a one-out triple, Halie Boyer crossed the plate on an Ella Wright RBI single giving Owensville a 2-1 lead through two innings.

A scoreless third inning led to another chance for the OHS offense to add to their lead.

Getting the start at first base for an injured Julie Wright, Madison Steever singled to lead off the bottom of the fourth inning.

Ella Wright drove in Steever for her second RBI of the game on a two-out single giving Owensville a 3-1 lead after four innings.

Three would prove to be the number of choice in the fifth inning for both the Dutchgirls and Lady Bearcats.

Two Owensville errors and a pair of singles by Hermann helped the Bearcats plate three runs and reclaim the lead at 4-3 going to the bottom of the fifth inning.

With no runs batted in during the top of the fifth, Billee Page, Hannah Bockting and Hoener all crossed the plate for Hermann.

Scoring all of their runs thus far with two outs, the Dutchgirls employed some more two-out magic in the bottom of the fifth.

Mackenzie Rademacher drew a one-out walk before being replaced on the bases by Horstmann who was a courtesy runner.

After Abney helped her cause with a single, Katelyn Landolt drover in Horstmann with a RBI double to knot the game at 4-4.

Now with two outs and two runners on, Boyer came up looking to add to her second-inning triple.

Finding a 2-2 pitch to her liking, Halie delivered a two-RBI single scoring Landolt and Abney giving Owensville a 6-4 lead through five innings.

In spite of missing out on a chance to add to their lead in the bottom of the sixth, Abney retired Hermann in order in the top of the seventh to secure the 6-4 victory.

Earning the complete-game win, Abney improved to 6-8 on the season allowing four runs (one earned) on five hits, a walk and five strikeouts.

Wether it was via a base hit or a walk, all nine Dutchgirls in the starting lineup reached base including Ella Wright, Mackenzie Hoffman, Alli Dintelman, Sooter, Rademacher, Abney, Landolt, Steever and Boyer.

Falling to Union 11-1 in five innings last Thursday, Bunch’s Dutchgirls scored a 21-0 victory in four innings at Steelville during a make-up game on Friday afternoon in Crawford County.