Lady Panthers fall in high-scoring game to 2A No. 12 West Monona
KINGSLEY ó One bad inning proved to be the difference as Kingsley-Pierson lost a 15-8 softball contest to Class 2A No. 12 ranked West Monona on Wednesday in Western Valley Conference action.
After the Panthers had taken the lead at 3-2 with three runs in the bottom of the second, West Monona exploded for nine runs in the top of the third and the Panthers could never recover.
A couple of baserunner blunders by the Spartans helped the Panthers avoid what could have been worse than their 2-0 deficit after two innings. The Spartans scored on a sacrifice fly in the first, but a throw from catcher Delaney Iseminger down to third baseman Anna Bubke caught another runner trying to advance to third on the play.
West Monona scored another run in the second inning on an errant throw from the catcher trying to catch the runner off third, but the throw from the left fielder back to third caught the next runner trying to advance.
The Panthers got their bats going in the second as Chloe Peschau singled to left and MaKenna Bowman and Hayden Dunne reached on errors, the second of which brought home a run. Rachael Vos drove in a run with a single to center and Avery Schroeder gave the Panthers the lead with a sac bunt.
The Panthers had to play from behind the rest of the night though after the nine runs came home, ending Hannah Kochís start in the circle with 10 runs allowed. The Panthers sent in three other pitchers by the end of the contest.
The Spartans threatened to end the game early after six innings, getting up by 14-4 with three runs in the top of the frame, but the Panthers responded with three runs in bottom half to send it to the seventh. McKenzie Goodwin singled to center, Chloe Peschau was hit by a pitch and both runs came home on a triple from Bowman to right-center field. After the triple, Bowman came home on a sacrifice fly from Dunne.
West Monona tacked on a run on a wild pitch in the seventh before the Panthers got one run in their final at-bat. Bubke, who just missed a two-run homer in the bottom of the first as West Monona left fielder MaKayla Haynes made the catch while crashing into the fence, sent the seventh inning pitch from Carly Miller a little bit farther as it sailed over the fence in left-center.
The home run made it 15-8 as the Panthers scored their most runs in a loss this season. It was one of two home runs in the game along with one for Goodwin, who finished 3-for-4 at the plate as the only member of the team with multiple hits.
K-P dropped to 6-6 on the season while West Monona improved to 12-2 with their fifth straight win over the Panthers.