The STC Trojan softball team played possibly their best game of the season to date, and definitely their longest, when they battled the Pella Christian Eagles Thursday, June 18 for 11 full innings before falling 6-4 at the Trojan softball complex.
Due to the threat of bad weather the normal JV/varsity format was flip flopped and the varsity played first.
Starting for the Eagles was : Morgan Blom, second base; Shelby Weaver, center field; Cayla Collins, first base; Paige Fynaardt, catcher; Paige Blom, pitcher; Kaylee Van Weelden, left field; Taylor Stursma, third base; Ashley Van Kooten, short stop and Heather Van Sant, right field.
STC’s Jen Rivera (No. 10) slides into second base safe after hitting a two RBI double in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Pella Christian’s shortstop Ashley Van Kooten covers second on the play. Chronicle/Charley Townsley
Starting lineup for the Trojans was: Kourtne Smith, left field; Jenn Maus, right field; Tasha Green, short stop; Courtney Davenport, designated hitter; Bre Thompson, catcher; Katie Plantz, first base; Chelsea Goers, center field; Jen Rivera, third base; Kate Rathjen, second base and Ashton Wacha, pitcher.
Maus, Green and Davenport all made it on bases in the bottom of the first inning, and Thompson walked, bringing in Maus from third for a 1-0 lead.
The score remained at 1-0 until the Eagles scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning. Van Sant singled to left field. Morgan Blom walked. Weaver bunted and was thrown out at first, but advanced the runners to second and third. Collins brought them both in with a line drive to center field.
The Eagles added another two runs in the top of the sixth to build a 4-1 lead. Van Weelden got an extra base single with a hit to left field. Van Kooten brought in Van Weelden with a single to center. With Van Sant batting, Van Kooten stole second. The infield was in close for a bunt from Van Sant and she popped a little bunt over their heads between Wacha and second base where no one was, scoring Van Kooten on the play.
The Trojans rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning to tie the game at 4-4. Green walked. Davenport advanced Green on a bunt and made it safe to first. Green was able to get to third on the play. Kaleigh Sieck came in to run for Davenport. Thompson singled, scoring Green for a 4-2 game. Kendra Bradley came in as a courtesy runner for Thompson for STC runners on first and second. Plantz was thrown out at first, but advanced the runners to second and third. Goers lined out to Collins at first base. Rivera came up with a big two RBI double to right-center field to tie the game at 4-4. Rathjen flew out to center, sending the Trojans back to defense.
Neither team scored in the seventh inning, sending the game to extra-innings with the score tied at 4-4.
Both teams were three up and three down in the eight and ninth innings.
Pella Christian got Collins to second base in the top of the 10th inning, but could not bring her home.
The Trojans were three up and three down in the bottom of the 10th inning.
Stursma reached first on an infield single to start the top of the 11th inning. She stole second and Van Kooten advanced her to third with a single to center. Van Kooten stole second. With runners on second and third, Van Sant hit a ground ball to Wacha and Stursman was thrown out at home trying to score on the play. Morgan Blom reached first on a bunt, loading the bases. Weaver reached on an infield ball, scoring Van Kooten from third for a 5-4 Pella Christian lead. Collins was out on an infield fly. Van Sant scored from third on a passed ball and Fynaardt flew out, ending the Eagles tun at bat wiht a 6-4 lead.
Thompson singled to right field to start the Trojans turn at bat. Plantz was out on a dead ball call. Goers struck out and Rivera flew out to first, ending the game with the Trojans trailing 6-4.
Due to the length of the first game, the JV game was set at either a five inning or one hour time limit.
They completed three full innings of play with the Eagles winning an 8-7 slug fest.
Softball Season Record
Knoxville 15 - STC 1
Vinton 2 - STC 1
Oskaloosa 7 - STC 0
Pella 9 - STC 0
Norwalk 10 - STC 2
Pella Ch. 10 - STC 0
Boone 12 - STC 2
Belle Plaine 6 - STC 5
Dunkerton 6 - STC 4
Grinnell 3 - STC 0
Newton 7 - STC 0
Pella Ch. 6 - STC4