The varsity softball team took two on the chin tonight at Holton, who is currently ranked 9th in the state in division 4. Both losses ended with a 6-5 score. In game one, the Eagles scored three in the first inning to give pitcher Mackenzie Mortensen some insurance. The scoring came from a double by Janelle Krueger, a single from Alyssa Larson, and a walk from Kenzie Bowers. Nicole McCullough drove the ball deep to center and two runs scored on an error. The Red Devils answered back quickly though with three of their own in the bottom of the first. Both teams settled in defensively from there. KC tallied another run in the 4th when Krueger doubled to score Samara Kolehouse who was given a free pass. In the top of the seventh, the score was tied 4-4. Bowers walked, stole second, and advanced to third on a wild pitch. McCullough scorched a hot grounder that was too hot to handle and plated Bowers, giving the Eagles a slender one run lead. Holton was able to capitalize on two hits and one error in the bottom half, scoring 2 for the walk off win. Mortensen finished in the circle with 8 strikeouts and only 3 walks.
In the twilight game, it was deja vu all over again! The Eagles opened with 3 runs in the first. With hits from Kolehouse and Larson, and Krueger reaching by error, Bowers and Mikayla Loew each had sacrifice flies to the outfield. In the bottom of the opening frame, the Red Devils scratched out 4 runs to take a lead. It wasn’t until the 5th when the Kent City bats got productive again. Krueger opened with a single. Alyssa Larson then launched a bomb to deep left for a two-run home run, giving KC the temporary 5-4 lead. Holton got the lead back in the bottom of the inning utilizing sacrifices and defensive miscues. Larson went the distance in the circle with 7 K’s and only one walk.
The team will be in action on Thursday at Davenport University to battle with the neighbors to the north, Grant. The double header will begin at 5.