By Allen Hamil
LE MARS — The Le Mars Community softball team hosted Sioux City East on Tuesday in Missouri River Activities Conference play. After losing the first game 6-4, the Bulldogs snapped a seven game losing streak with a 5-4 win in the nightcap.
Le Mars batted around in the second inning to pull in front by a 4-3 score. Charlie Grosenheider led off with a walk and Avery Pratt followed with a single. After getting two outs, Brenna Leraas drove in the first run with a single and Pratt scored on a wild pitch. The inning continued with a single for Averie Morgan and a walk to Payton Wright before Maggie Allen knocked home two runs with a base hit.
East tied the game in the top of the fourth before Le Mars scored what would be the winning run in the bottom of the inning as Wright reached on a walk and came around to score.
Kylie Hofmann pitched the win for the Bulldogs with three strikeouts in 5 2/3 innings. She gave up one run after coming on in relief of Lizzie Koonce who allowed three runs in 1 1/3 innings.
Lexi Plathe took the loss for the Black Raiders.
East took the opening game of the doubleheader by a 6-4 score as they scored five runs in the sixth to pull in front. East got seven of their 12 hits in the sixth inning as they got the first five runners aboard in the frame.
After East broke a scoreless tie with a pair of doubles from Raelyn Angerman and Alexis Jones in the top of the fourth, Le Mars took the lead with three runs in the bottom of the inning. Wright reached on a leadoff single while Libby Leraas, Sarah Brown and Mackenzie Kunkel added RBI base hits later in the inning.
Brown led off the seventh inning with a single and eventually came around to score, but that was all the team could get as their last rally came up short.
Bryce Hempey pitched the win for the Black Raiders. Koonce took the loss for Le Mars with six runs in six innings while fanning three. Brenna Leraas struck out one in an inning of relief.
Le Mars moved to 11-8 overall and 8-4 in the conference at the end of the night. East moved to 12-6 overall and 9-4 in the conference.