Lady Wildcats beat T-Birds on walk-off, fall to Indians

By: 
Alan Brake

The Montgomery County softball team played two Eastern Missouri (EMO) Conference games last week, losing the first game and winning the second game. On Tuesday, Sept. 24, the Lady Wildcats played at Van-Far and lost 6-3. On Thursday, Sept. 26, they hosted North Callaway and came from behind in the last inning to win the game 7-6.

With these games, the Lady Wildcats have an overall record of 6-5. Their EMO Conference record is 3-4.

The Lady Wildcats played in the Louisiana Tournament Saturday. They are scheduled to play 3 games this week and then play in the La Plata Tournament. On Monday, Sept. 30, the Lady Wildcats hosted Calvary Lutheran (from Jefferson City) in a non-conference game.

On Tuesday, Oct. 1, they will play at Wellsville-Middletown. On Thursday, Oct. 3, they will host Louisiana. The last 2 games are both EMO Conference games. All 3 games will start at 5 p.m.

 

North Callaway game

The only actual time you need to have the lead is when the game ends, and such was the case for Montgomery County in this game. North Callaway took an early 2-0 lead by scoring a run in the top of the first inning and another run in the top of the second inning.

The score remained that way until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Lady Wildcats scored their first run. Renee Finke started the inning by reaching base on a North Callaway error on a fly ball which allowed Renee to advance all the way to third base. Finke then scored on a 1-out double by Andrea Knapp to make the score 2-1.

North Callaway came right back to score 3 runs on 3 hits and a Lady Wildcat error in the top of the fifth inning to take a 5-1 lead. The score remained that way until the bottom of the sixth inning, when Montgomery County scored its second run of the game. 

Finke once again got things going for the Lady Wildcats with a 1-out single. She advanced to second base on a 2-out walk to Knapp, then scored on a single by Chloe Betke to make the score 5-2.

North Callaway appeared to put the ball game away in the top of the seventh inning by scoring a run on two Lady Wildcat errors on the same play to increase its lead to 6-2. However, the Lady Wildcats did not give in nor give up and came back to score 5 runs in the bottom of the seventh to come away with an exciting walk-off hit.

Brooklynn Fischer started the inning by reaching second base on a North Callaway error on a ball hit to centerfield. Sam Queathem then hit a single which scored Fischer to make the score 6-3.

Sam advanced to third base on a single by Ashley Queathem, then scored on a single by Haeley Johnson to make the score 6-4. Ashley advanced to third base on this hit and Johnson was able to advance to second base as well.

Addison Massey then reached base on a walk to load the bases. With 2 outs, Betke reached base on another North Callaway error, which allowed Ashley and Johnson to score to tie the game at 6-6.

Massey had advanced all the way to third base and Betke advanced to second base on this error. All that was needed was another key hit, which Cassidy Doyle delivered to drive in Massey for the winner.

Individual offensive statistics for the Lady Wildcats were as follows (listed according to the batting order): Fischer 2 hits, 1 run scored; S. Queathem 1 hit, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in/RBI; A. Queathem 2 hits, 1 run scored; and Johnson 1 hit, 1 run scored, 1 RBI; Finke 1 hit, 2 runs scored; Massey 1 run scored; Knapp 1 hit, 1 RBI; Betke 1 hit, 1 RBI; and Doyle 1 hit, 1 RBI.  Selena Allen and Cassidy Delozier also played in the game.

Fischer was the starting pitcher for the Lady Wildcats, she pitched all 7 innings, and earned the win. She gave up 6 runs (2 earned) on 5 hits, 1 walk, 1 hit batter, and 7 Lady Wildcat errors. She struck out 8 batters.

 

Van-Far game

As the visiting team, Montgomery County batted first and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning. Fischer started the inning with a single, and advanced to third base on a double by Sam Queathem. Fischer then scored on a single by Ashley Queathem to give the Lady Wildcats the 1-0 lead.

The Lady Wildcats added another run in the top of the third inning, as Fischer led off the inning with a double, and Sam reached base on a Van-Far error. Fischer was not able to advance on this error and was then forced out at third base on a double-play groundout by Ashley Queathem. Sam Queathem was able to advance to third base on the double-play and scored on a single by Johnson to make the score 2-0.

Unfortunately, Van-Far sent 9 batters to the plate in the bottom of the third inning, scoring all 6 of its runs in the game on 1 hit, 3 Lady Wildcat errors, 2 wild pitches and 2 passed balls to take a 6-2 lead. The Lady Wildcats held Van-Far scoreless the rest of the game, but they were only able to score 1 more run themselves.

That run came in the top of the fifth inning, when Sam Queathem reached base on a single, advanced to second base on a passed ball, and scored on a single by Ashley Queathem.  However, that wasn’t enough, and the Lady Wildcats lost to Van-Far 6-3.

Individual offensive statistics for the Lady Wildcats were as follows (listed according to the batting order): Fischer 2 hits, 1 run scored; S. Queathem 2 hits, 2 runs scored; A. Queathem 2 hits, 2 RBIs; and Johnson 1 hit, 1 RBI.  Finke, Massey, Knapp, Allen, Doyle and Delozier also played in the game.

Fischer was the starting pitcher for the Lady Wildcats, she pitched 6 innings, and was given the loss. She gave up 6 runs (none earned) on 2 hits, 4 walks, 4 Lady Wildcat errors, and 2 passed balls. She struck out 10 batters, but also had 4 wild pitches.

 

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