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Softball splits against the Saints of Maryville


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Thursday afternoon, the Prairie Stars welcomed Maryville for a double header GLVC matchup.  After a disappointing first game (2-8) against the Saints, the Stars were able to bounce back and dominate the second game (8-0).

In the first game, the Stars were able to keep up with the Saints as they trailed 0-1. Then in the top of the fifth inning, the Saints would add five runs to their score after errors by the Prairie Stars. The Stars could not do anything against the Saints’ defense as they were making diving catches and great plays.

However, the Stars managed to get a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth when sophomore Lauren Hollinshead hit a double and scored when junior Katelyn Weaver hit a grounder to second.

The Saints would continue their lead in the seventh inning when they added two more runs. The Stars were able to manage one more run when Samantha Inman scored off another grounder from Weaver. The first game ended with the score 2-8, giving the Saints their third win of the season.

Senior Brittany Sitton pitched for four innings, giving up five runs and six hits. Senior Tina Buck pitched two innings as relief, giving up two runs on seven hits.

“Sometimes it’s not your day. They captured momentum and out-played us the first game” head coach Matt Mundell said.

The second game did not even go the full seven innings due to the mercy rule.  If one team is ahead by eight points after five innings the game is called.

The next game got off to a great start for the Prairie Stars when junior Samantha Riss hit the ball over the head of the left fielder to allow junior Mallory Beck and Buck to score in the second inning. The Stars scored again in the third off an RBI from Chelsea Minor.

To keep things rolling in the fifth, sophomore Jordan Amos hit an RBI double to left field, giving the Prairie Stars a 6-0 advantage over the Saints. Riss hit another RBI double, adding two more points for the Stars and ending the game.

Freshman Cheyanne Bowman almost pitched a perfect game, allowing only three hits from Maryville and striking out four hitters.

After the game Mundell said, “We were ready to come back and challenge them and we stepped up.” This is the fourth split of the season where the softball team lost the first game but came back to win the second. “It’s like I tell the girls we dip our toes into the pool the first game and then jump in the second game, but we need to jump in the first game.”

The Prairie Stars are on the road this weekend as they take on William Jewell and Rockhurst.  The Stars return home next weekend as they take on Rockhurst for a GLVC double header at the Land of Lincoln Junior Olympics Softball Complex. The first game is scheduled for noon and the second game at 2 p.m.

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