VIENNA — Splitting their first two Four Rivers Conference (FRC) softball games last week against Union and Sullivan, Hannah Koppelmann’s Owensville Dutchgirls looked to add a pair of wins …
VIENNA — Splitting their first two Four Rivers Conference (FRC) softball games last week against Union and Sullivan, Hannah Koppelmann’s Owensville Dutchgirls looked to add a pair of wins Saturday at Vienna City Park.
As part of a three-game round-robin day of softball Saturday, OHS took on Tuscumbia’s Lady Lions before facing the host Lady Eagles in Maries County.
Trailing 3-1 after three innings against Tuscumbia, Owensville plated four runs in the top of the fourth inning before a seven-run seventh inning led to a 13-5 victory over the Lady Lions.
“We were able to find our bats late in the game to pull out the victory over Tuscumbia,” Koppelmann said.
OHS scored first in the top of the third inning started by a Bailee Dare lead-off single.
Paige Loyd then advanced Dare to second on a single before an Emma Daniels walk loaded the bases for her cousin Alison Daniels.
Alison delivered a one-out RBI single scoring Dare giving the Dutchgirls an early 1-0 lead.
Tuscumbia answered in the bottom of the third inning with three runs on three hits along with a walk and an error.
Now down 3-1 after three innings, OHS answered by batting around in the top of the fourth.
Hannah Nelson doubled to lead off the inning before taking third base on a Lead Reed double.
Adding to her third-inning single, Dare delivered a two-RBI triple to center field scoring Nelson and Reed to tie the game at 3-3.
Addison Wright then doubled home Dare before stealing home later in the inning giving Owensville a 5-3 lead through four innings.
Looking to add to their lead in the top of the fifth inning, the Dutchgirls did so without the aid of a hit.
Reed reached on an error with out one before a pair of passed balls allowed her to score extending the OHS lead to 6-3 through five innings.
After a scoreless sixth inning, Owensville’s bats came alive in the top of the seventh inning.
Sending 11 batters to the plate, the Dutchgirls plated seven runs on six hits, an error and a hit batter ballooning their lead to 13-3 entering a do-or-die bottom of the seventh inning for Tuscumbia.
Limiting the Lady Lions to two runs, OHS held on for the come-from-behind victory.
Pitching in relief of starter Layni Heidbreder, Wright helped her cause with four hits, three runs batted in (RBI) and two runs scored.
Nelson added three hits while the Dutchgirl quintet of Reed, Dare, Loyd, Alison Daniels and April Jahnsen each added two hits.
Going for a second win Saturday against Vienna’s Lady Eagles, Owensville trailed 9-4 midway through the game before a four-run bottom of the fourth inning cut the deficit to 9-8 after four innings.
From there, OHS could only scratch across one more run before falling 12-9 to Vienna.
Due to COVID-19, the Dutchgirls are now idle until a Tuesday, Sept. 21 home contest against St. Clair’s Lady Bulldogs at 4:30 p.m.