K-P softball falls in WVC championship game
GALVA/MOVILLE ó The No. 4 seed in the Western Valley Conference tournament made it to the championship game by knocking off the top-seed, but Kingsley-Pierson came up short of the tournament championship as they fell to the No. 2 seed.
The Lady Panthers opened with an 8-4 win over Westwood on Wednesday in the 4-vs-5 matchup against Westwood in Galva.
The team got out to a 6-0 start after three innings, with five of those runs scoring in the opening frame.
Avery Schroeder and Hayden Dunne had home runs for the Panthers in the game. Schroeder led the team with 3 RBI as she also had a single in the game. The homer was one of three hits for Dunne who ended just a triple shy of hitting for the cycle. She also walked once.
Halle Collins had two hits while Anna Bubke picked up a pair of RBIs.
Bubke worked 3 2/3 innings in relief of starter Hannah Koch. Both pitchers gave up a pair of runs. Koch ended with three strikeouts while Bubke fanned one.
The Panthers won all three meetings between the WVC schools this season with the first also being an 8-4 win and the second an 11-4 victory.
Moving on to the semifinal round on Thursday in Moville, the Panthers faced top-seeded Ridge View. The Panthers won a back-and-forth game by an 11-10 score in eight innings. The Panthers scored six of their runs in the final two innings with three in the seventh and three more in the eighth.
Anna Bubke got a home run in the win, part of a 4-for-4 game with 3 RBI. She was a triple shy of hitting for the cycle as her other hits included two doubles and a single. She also reached on a hit-by-pitch.
Makenna Bowman added 2 RBI on three singles while McKenzie Goodwin had three singles out of the leadoff spot and drove in a run.
The Panthers scored all of their runs against Addison Schmidt with just four of the runs being earned with six errors by the Raptors.
Eight of the runs for Ridge View came against Koch as she pitched 6 1/3 innings with four strikeouts. Brooklyn Beelner came on in relief, giving up one unearned run, while striking out three.
The win avenged a pair of losses to the Raptors in their regular season WVC matchups which Ridge View won by scores of 5-3 and 7-4.
In the championship against River Valley, a 6-0 deficit after two innings proved to be too much for the Panthers to overcome in a 14-4 loss in six innings. K-P fought back with four runs in the third to pull to within two, but the Wolverines got five runs back in the fourth inning as they pulled away.
Avery Schroeder hit a home run and led the Panthers with 3 RBI against River Valley. It was her seventh home run of the season as she sits tied for the conference lead in that category with Ridge Viewís Schmidt. It was one of her two hits along with a single as she was joined by Goodwin, Collins and Rachael Vos as team members who finished with two hits apiece. Dunne drove in the teamís other run in the contest.
The team had four pitchers throw in the circle in the game as Bubke, Beelner, Koch and Jorja Howe combined for the team.
The blowout was in stark contrast to the teamís other two meetings this season which saw a split of one-run walk-offs for each team.
At the end of the conference tournament, the K-P softball teamís record was 17-11.