Remsen-Union and Kingsley-Pierson wrapped up play in the Battle Creek/Ida Grove softball tournament Thursday by pulling out wins to finish third and fifth, respectively.
The Lady Rockets bounced back from a 6-3 loss to host BCIG in the semifinal round to defeat West Monona 7-3 in the third-place game Thursday night.
West Monona scored two runs in the first to hold the early lead, but R-U put up seven unanswered runs to grab a 7-2 advantage. The Spartans rallied for a run in the seventh, but the Lady Rockets held on for the victory behind Erica Loutsch on the mound.
Loutsch allowed three runs on 11 hits with no walks and four strikeouts as R-U improved to 5-10 on the season.
The Lady Rockets racked up 11 hits in the victory, with Mandy Staab turning in a 4 for 4 night with two doubles. Gina Frericks was also 2 for 4, while Ashley Tritz, Cassie Stoos, Kelsey Paskert, Kelsey Gries and Tasha Wurth all finished 1 for 4.
In the loss to BCIG Wednesday, R-U was limited to just two hits by Falcon pitcher Chancey Wilcke.
The Lady Rockets led 3-1 through three innings with all three runs coming in the third. Loutsch walked to start the scoring rally and Wurth and Danielle Frericks reached on back-to-back errors. The second error led to the first of R-U's runs and Stoos followed with a two-run single.
BCIG came back with five runs in the sixth inning to claim the win.
Alicia Nitzschke took the loss, allowing four earned runs on 13 hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Stoos and Wurth were both 1 for 3 to account for all of R-U's hits.
R-U coach Heather Youde was pleased with the overall third-place finish, despite one bad inning against BCIG.
"We played great games, even last night. We had one inning where they had legitimate hits and we didn't have enough," said Youde. "But tonight we turned around and hit the ball well. My girls did an excellent job. Alicia pitched great last night and Erica pitched great tonight. It was nice to see."
K-P also rebounded from a loss to BCIG on the opening night of the tournament to win two straight and salvage fifth place.
The Lady Panthers took on BCIG Monday and lost 7-2, giving up a six-run fourth inning to the Falcons that proved the difference.
Ashley Ruba had an RBI single in the second and Jessica Washburn drove in a run in the seventh as part of a three-hit effort by K-P in the loss.
Nikki Richards was on the mound in the setback, allowing seven runs on 12 hits with two walks.
Things got worse for the Lady Panthers Tuesday as they stepped out of play in the BCIG tournament to take on Maple Valley-Anthon-Oto in a Maple Valley Conference match-up. K-P had eight errors on the night and lost 10-0. After the game, coach Pat Henrich held a meeting with his players and challenged the team to play better over the final two rounds of the BCIG tournament and it worked.
K-P defeated Boyer Valley 5-4 in the first round of consolations Wednesday, then knocked of IKM 6-4 Thursday to place fifth.
"We had a nice long talk after the Maple Valley game," said Henrich. "I told the girls they had to come up with a solution for how we were going to turn the season around. They were down at the park not an hour after I talked to them hitting. I think maybe we've turned a corner."
K-P started the road back against Boyer Valley, banging out seven hits and committing only three errors.
Dani Sudbeck was 3 for 4 with two runs scored and Dani Bottorff added a single and two RBIs to lead the Lady Panthers at the plate. Jen Henrich also singled and drove in a run, while Washburn had two hits and two runs scored and both Kathryn Merk and Ruba added singles.
Richards picked up the win, allowing four runs (two earned) on four hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
The Lady Panthers came back with nine hits in a 6-4 win over IKM Thursday, including two doubles by Jill Mogensen.
Sudbeck was also 2 for 4 with a run scored, Bottorff had a single and a run scored and Washburn had a single and an RBI. Other contributors included Ruba with a single and an RBI, Merk with two singles and an RBI and both Henrich and Mikayla Capuchio had RBIs on sacrifices.
"The girls really responded after the Maple Valley game," said Henrich. "The bats have really come alive. We've had 17 hits in the last two games. Hopefully we can keep them on this roll. If we stay positive, I think we can."
Richards picked up another win, allowing four runs on five hits with one walk and one strikeout. K-P was also without an error on defense.
The Lady Panthers (4-16) will now compete with R-U at the MVC tournament Friday, Saturday and Monday in Remsen. K-P will play Friday at 5 p.m. against West Monona, while R-U will face Whiting in its opening-round game.