Le Mars softball blasts three HRs in win over Sioux City North

Thursday, June 16, 2022
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Averie Morgan celebrates her game-ending home run as she rounds the bases on Wednesday. Her three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth ended the game with a final score of 15-3.

LE MARS — The Le Mars Community softball team hit three home runs in a 15-3 win over Sioux City North in Missouri River Activities Conference action Wednesday.

The third home run ended the game as Averie Morgan sent a three-run shot over the fence to put the Bulldogs past the run-rule margin in the sixth inning. It was Morgan’s third home run of the season.

The first two home runs came early in the game. Maggie Allen cranked one over the fence to make it a 3-0 game in the first inning. A few batters later, Charlie Grosenheider hit a two-run home run. It was the first home run of the season for both of those players.

(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil) Charlie Grosenheider gives Le Mars Head Coach Keely Steffen a fist-bump as she comes around third on the way home after her first inning home run.

“They were big, especially having a couple in the first inning,” Le Mars Head Coach Keely Steffen said. “I always tell them the first inning always sets the tone in the game, so us coming out right away and letting the other team know that we mean business and we’re here to play always helps the rest of the game. Then having one late in the game to end the game was a big contribution because we needed one more to win.”

North fought back for their three runs in the top of the third as Joslyn Vogt hit an RBI double and Ataviah Van Buren added a two-run home run. Those ended up being the only runs the Stars could score in the game as Lizzie Koonce pitched the complete game win for the Bulldogs. Koonce finished with five strikeouts in the six innings.

“Her coming out tonight and proving herself on the mound, that’s what we look for,” Steffen said.

After the Stars scored their three runs in the third, Le Mars got three back in the bottom of the inning. Mackenzie Kunkel drove in two with a base hit as she led the team with three hits out of the No. 9 spot in the order. Payton Wright beat out an infield single to push the score to 9-3.

Le Mars threatened with the bases loaded in the fourth, but couldn’t add on in that turn at the plate. The team did add three runs the next inning as Payton Wright hit an RBI triple, Maggie Allen picked up her fourth RBI of the game on a sacrifice fly and Brenna Leraas sent a ball out to the field which allowed another run to score.

The team hopes to be getting back on track with a pair of wins after dropping seven in a row. Le Mars improved to 12-8 overall and 9-4 in the conference. North fell to 6-12 overall and 5-8 in the conference. Wednesday’s meeting was a makeup of the second half of a doubleheader which was rained out earlier this season. The Bulldogs and Stars were set to meet again on Thursday.

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