Dutchgirls spoil Capital City’s opener, Linn returns the favor

Will Johnson
Sports Editor

Last Tuesday in Jefferson City, Owensville Dutchgirl head softball coach Hannah Wehar marked her debut inside the third-base coaches box taking on Capital City’s Lady Cavaliers.

Scoring three runs each in the top of the fourth and fifth innings, Owensville gave coach Wehar her first win as a high school head softball coach with a 6-1 victory over the host Lady Cavaliers.

“After coming out flat, our offense got after it late in the game,” Wehar said. “I’m proud of our girls for battling against a good Capital City pitcher.”

Scoreless entering the top of the fourth inning, Owensville finally had their first base runner of the game when Anna Finley singled up the middle with one out.

Making her stay short on the base paths, sophomore pitcher Addison Wright helped her own cause with a RBI triple allowing Finley to score to give OHS a 1-0 lead midway through the game.

Starting a two-out rally, Katelyn Landolt was hit by a pitch before Kaitlyn Nelson doubled to left-center allowing Wright and Landolt to score tripling Owensville’s lead at the point to 3-0.

Striking out the side in the bottom of the fourth inning, Wright bumped her strikeout total to 11 and kept Capital City off the scoreboard moving to the fifth inning.

April Jahnsen reached on an error before Alyssa Belloir walked to set up a two-on no out situation for Dutchgirl senior leadoff hitter Caelie Horstmann.

Recording a sacrifice bunt, Horstmann gave way to Finley who already had a single and a run scored.

Doubling to left-center field, Finley drove in Jahnsen giving OHS a 4-0 lead.

Belloir and Finley both scored before the inning concluded with the Dutchgirls leading 6-0 moving to the bottom of the fifth.

Wright ended up allowing a run in the bottom of the sixth inning before putting the wraps on Owensville’s 6-1 road victory.

Thursday on the OHS campus, Owensville led 4-3 through three innings. That was before Linn scored four unanswered runs spoiling the first home game on the new turf field with a 7-6 loss.