The Le Mars Community softball team suffered a letdown in its attempt to reach an overall .500 record with a 7-2 loss in Lakes Conference play Monday at Emmetsburg that dropped the Lady Bulldogs to 16-19 on the season.
Emmetsburg built a 7-0 lead with four runs in the third inning and three in the fourth before Le Mars finally broke through with two runs in the top of the seventh.
Amanda Arens started the Lady Bulldogs' seventh-inning rally with a two-out single, then came home on a double from Morgan Rolfes. Krista Nilles followed with an RBI double of her own to score Rolfes, but that was all Le Mars could muster as it fell to 7-8 in the Lakes with one game to play.
Rolfes and Nilles lead the Lady Bulldogs offensively with RBI doubles, while Molly Reuter, Arens, Dani Bock and Kayla Clarey added a single each.
Arens worked the first three innings on the mound, allowing four runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk. Jen Stevenson came on to work the final three innings and gave up three runs (two earned) on three hits, striking out one.
"We were simply outplayed tonight," said Le Mars coach Mark Vonnahme. "We weren't sharp after having been that way for 10 days. We have another chance tomorrow night and I feel like we will bounce back in that one."
The Lady Bulldogs will step outside the Lakes Tuesday for a game on the road at Sioux Center before finishing out the conference schedule Wednesday at Spencer.