Lady Bulldogs get bats going in win over MOC-Floyd Valley

Wednesday, June 13, 2018
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Above, Le Mars Community’s Christina Konz fields the ball and makes the throw over to first to get the out of the MOC-Floyd Valley batter. Konz led the team with 3 RBI as she hit a home run.

ORANGE CITY — The Le Mars Community softball team knocked out 14 hits, matching a season high, in a 10-3 victory over MOC-Floyd Valley on Tuesday.

It was a quick start for the Bulldogs as they put up four runs before the Lady Dutch had a chance to bat.

“Our bats came alive a little bit tonight,” Le Mars Head Coach Rachel Harris said. “We did a nice job of executing, we ran the bases well. I told the girls, we just need to put pressure on teams. When you put the ball in play and force them to make plays, good things are going to happen and we were able to do that tonight.”

The first inning rally all came with two outs with Grace Milbrodt starting the team off with a single. She advanced to second on a passed ball and scored on a single from Brook Berkenpas.

Christina Konz then went deep to left-center field for a two-run home run. It is her first homer of the season and just the second for the team.

The inning wasn’t over yet as Kady Leusink reached on a single and came around to score on an error by the first baseman in Katelyn Raymond’s plate appearance.

The Bulldogs added two more in the second before batting around in the fourth for another four-run inning.

Milbrodt again started the rally on a double with subsequent singles from Berkenpas, Konz, Leusink, Chandler Grosenheider and Annie Ellis in the inning.

The game wouldn’t end early though as MOC-Floyd Valley scored a pair in the bottom of the fourth on a Kenzie Kurtz triple and then added another run the following inning on a Zoe Heemstra single.

While getting a run-rule win would have ended the game sooner, Harris was just satisfied with getting the victory.

“I’m just happy we got the win. A win is a win,” Harris said. “It’s good for us to play full games too and get some different kids throwing and playing in different positions and into the game that way.”

Berkenpas had a strong game as she finished 4-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI. She also pitched the final two innings of relief with quick 1-2-3 frames. Starting pitcher Milbrodt gave up six hits and a walk in five innings of work. All three runs were charged to her as she struck out two. She ended with a 3-for-5 night at the plate with an RBI.

Konz led the team with a 3 RBI game on 2-of-3 batting with her home run.

Le Mars is now 6-8 on the season and will host Western Christian on Wednesday.

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Le Mars: Hits- 14; Walks- 1; 2B- Milbrodt; 3B- None; HR- Konz; RBI- Konz 3, Milbrodt 1, Berkenpas 1, Raymond 1, Grosenheider 1, Ellis 1; Pitching: Grace Milbrodt (W)- 5 IP, 6 H, 3 ER, 2 Ks, 1 BB; Brook Berkenpas- 2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 1 K, 0 BB

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