Le Mars softball season ends at hands of D-S
LE MARS/AKRON — The Le Mars Community softball team had their season come to an end Friday in a Class 4A regional quarterfinal game with a 2-0 loss to Denison-Schleswig.
The game, which had already been postponed one night due to weather, had to be finished in Akron after starting in Le Mars when a pop-up thunderstorm left field conditions unplayable.
Le Mars had beaten the Monarchs by a 14-2 score in a tournament at Spencer just a few weeks before, but the offense wasn’t able to put any runs on the board in the regional contest. The Bulldogs were unable to get much going against Denison-Schleswig pitcher Norah Huebert who took the loss the last time the teams met when she gave up seven runs, four of which were earned, in three innings. Le Mars went down in order in the first three innings. Averie Morgan was able to lead off the fourth inning with a single and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Payton Wright, but a pair of fly outs left Morgan stranded at second.
Sarah Brown led off the fifth inning with a single and a similar sequence played out. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt from Brenna Leraas, but the next two batters got out to end the inning.
Morgan reached on a one-out single in the sixth, but the next two batters went down in order. The final chance in the seventh for the Bulldogs saw Brown reach on a double before the Monarchs closed out the game with the final two outs.
Huebert tossed the complete game shutout with just four hits allowed while striking out three.
A solo home run for Kira Langenfeld in the fourth inning gave the Monarchs the 1-0 lead. Kaitlyn Bruhn added an insurance run in the seventh with an RBI base hit.
Le Mars pitcher Lizzie Koonce ended with nine strikeouts while being stuck with the tough-luck loss despite only giving up four hits and a walk.
Le Mars finishes the season with a 24-14 record. Five seniors, Mackenzie Kunkel, Avery Pratt, Hannah Rolfes, Maggie Allen and Averie Morgan, suited up for the final time as Bulldogs.
Denison-Schleswig advanced to the regional semifinal the next day where they fell by a 12-0 score in three innings to No. 3 ranked Dallas Center-Grimes.