The Lady Mustang softball team struggled to contain the South Central Conference’s best offense against Albia on June 18. The Blue Demons beat Davis County and sealed the win over the Lady Mustangs with a four-run rally in the top half of the seventh inning.
For much of the game, it looked as though Davis County might have a chance at a comeback against the Blue Demons. Albia opened the game with a two-run home run by Alex Beard to the deepest part of the right-center field fence.
With two outs in the second inning, Albia’s Abbie Griffin was struck with a pitch to get a rally going. Singles from Megan Ross and Beard put the Blue Demons up 4-0 after two full innings of play.
Davis County’s offense showed signs of life in the bottom half of the second inning when Briley Lough drew a walk. Macy Hill hit a ground ball to third that was misplayed. That put runners on first and second for the Lady Mustangs who were showing signs of making something happen.
Davis County Coach Zach Dunlavy implemented a double steal that was successful. Lough moved up to third and Hill moved to second but a ground ball in the infield and a pair of strikeouts stalled that attempt to spark a rally.
After a scoreless third inning, Albia rallied again in the top of the fourth to get their offense going again. A pair of walks and a hit batsman loaded the bases for Albia. Davis County worked its way out of that jam, allowing just one run to score and falling behind 5-0.
Briley Lough sparked a rally for Davis County when she reached on a one-out Albia error on the left side of the infield. She later scored Davis County’s first run when Jaylee Lough’s RBI double went clear to the center field fence. Albia cut the rally short, but Davis County was on the scoreboard.
Albia added two more runs in the top half of the fifth inning pushing their lead to 7-1. Davis County didn’t back down and managed to rally again in the bottom half of the fifth.
Morgan Petefish was struck with a pitch to start the inning. She stole second and then advanced to third on a sacrifice bunt from Rachel McFarland. Sophia Young’s RBI single to deep left scored Petefish and cut the Albia lead to 7-2.
The two teams battled through a scoreless sixth inning. Davis County got a hit from Addison Stuchel who came in as a pinch hitter. The girls had runners on first and second but couldn’t get around to score.
Albia finished off the game with a four-run rally in the top of the seventh. Two singles and an RBI double sparked that rally.
Young tried to ignite the offense again in the bottom half of the seventh with a one-out single. A strikeout and a groundout back to the Albia pitcher killed that rally and squashed any chance Davis County had to get back into the game. The loss dropped Davis County to 0-2 in the South Central Conference and 0-2 for the season.
Score R H E
A 220 120 4 11 9 2
DC 000 110 0 2 4 2
Pitching—Barker (L), 4.1 innings, 7 runs, 5, hits, 1 strikeout and eight walks. Henderson, 2.2 innings, 4 runs, 4 hits, 1 strikeout and 2 walks.
Hits—Young, 2; Jaylee Lough, 1 and Stuchel, 1.
RBI—Young, 1 and Jaylee Lough, 1.