The Lady Mustang softball team improved to 6-0 on the season and is now 4-0 in South Central Conference play after scoring a 3-1 win over Albia on June 3. It’s the first time in several years a Davis County softball team has been able to beat Albia in conference play.
Albia came into the season as the defending Class 2A State Softball champions. The Blue Demons lost seven seniors to graduation a year ago and are still a strong team on the field despite that loss. Albia came into last week’s game with a 2-1 overall record.
Albia struck first in this game. Lady Mustang pitcher Madeline Barker struck out the first batter of the game. It was the first of 10 total strikeouts against the Blue Demons. Sophia Young caught a fly ball in center before Lauren Bayer doubled up the middle. Alyia Myers then hit a triple to deep left field. Bayer scored on the play, which was Albia’s only run of the game.
The Lady Mustangs didn’t get off to a quick start like the Blue Demons. Cadan VanLaningham drew a one-out walk to get on base. She stole second but was left standing there when a strikeout and a ground-out to short ended the inning.
After giving up the first-inning run, Davis County settled in defensively and played well behind Barker who was also dominating in the circle and kept the Albia hitters off balance most of the night. Albia picked up a hit in the second and used a bunt to get a runner into scoring position. Barker cut the rally short with a couple of strikeouts.
Albia picked up hits in each of the third through fifth innings as well. Defensively, Davis County played well behind Barker and kept the Blue Demons from putting any kind of scoring threat together.
Albia used a hit to left and a walk to put runners on base in the sixth inning. With two outs, Barker induced a ground ball, which was hit right back to her. She threw it to Madison Dunlavy at first base to get the out.
Davis County struggled early with the bats and couldn’t get anything going. The Lady Mustangs have been a good hitting team this season, but the Blue Demon pitching proved to be a bit challenging in the early stages of this game.
Dunlavy reached on an error to start the third inning for Davis County. Macy Hill singled to the right field corner and the rally was gaining steam. Sophia Young hit an infield single, and the Lady Mustangs had the bases loaded with no outs.
The inning continued when Cadan VanLaningham walked. Briley Lough doubled to deep left-center field giving Davis County the 3-1 lead. Albia worked its way out of the inning shortly after that, but the damage was already done. Davis County ended the inning with the lead.
Dunlavy and Jalee Lough each had hits in the fourth inning, but the Albia defense shut down the scoring threat after that. Rachel McFarland added a two-out single to right in the fifth inning but was also left stranded on the bases.
Davis County rallied again in the bottom of the sixth when Jalee Lough singled to center. Dunlavy and Hill both singled up the middle as well. Lough was later thrown out attempting to score on a ground ball hit by Sophia Young. The inning ended when Young was hit with a batted ball. She was called for the offensive interference violation.
Davis County retired the Albia batters in order in the top of the seventh including a fly ball to right caught by VanLaningham to seal the victory.
Score R H E
A 100 000 0 1 7 1
DC 003 000 X 3 9 0
Pitching—Barker, W, 7 innings, 1 run, 7 hits, 10 strikeouts and 1 walk.
Hits—Jalee Lough, 2; Dunlavy, 2; Hill, 2; Briley Lough, 1; McFarland, 1 and Young, 1.
RBI—Briley Lough, 2 and Cadan VanLaningham, 1.