The Kingsley-Pierson softball team broke a 10-10 deadlock with five runs in the bottom of the sixth inning and held on for a 15-14 Maple Valley Conference victory over Galva-Holstein Friday night in Kingsley.
"It was a wild one," said K-P coach Ed Coughenour. "It was an interesting game. There was good defense and good hitting."
The Lady Panthers, who had struggled offensively en route to losing 13 of their past 16 games, busted out with the bats and recoreded 13 hits. Ashley Langel and Ashley Collins led the way with three hits apiece. Langel had an RBI triple in the second and Jessica Washburn's third-inning three bagger knocked in two runs and helped K-P go back on top 9-7 after trailing 7-3. Washburn and Dani Bottorff each added a pair of hits and two RBIs.
"We've just been trying to work on our offense and we've spent a lot of time on it now," said Coughenour. "We've got a lot of different ways of hitting in practice and I'm hoping that'll do the trick. We hit baseballs, we hit golf balls, we hit regular balls. We do an awful lot of hitting, so it should start paying off. It did this game."
Kelsey Krieg got the win on the mound, allowing 14 runs (five earned) and walking five batters over seven innings.
K-P stuggled offensively Thursday night in Mapleton and was dealt a 10-3 conference loss by Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto.
Regan Chace ripped an RBI triple to tie the score at 3-3 in the top of the sixth inning, but the Rams responded with seven runs on two hits, four Krieg walks and four K-P errors in the bottom half of the inning to establish their winning margin.
Katie Engle added two hits for the Lady Panthers (10-16, 4-6), who close out their conference schedule tonight when they host Remsen-Union.