ORIENT – Orient-Macksburg and Stanton softball both found their bats Wednesday before the Viqueens went on to a 16-8 win.
After a scoreless first, the Bulldogs tallied four runs in the home half of the second frame by making Stanton work for outs. Cameo Walker roped a one-out double and eventually came around to score after Haylee Gardner was called safe at first due to a drop. Hailey Johnson and Haylee Meyer also scored runs in the second inning.
Meyer also tallied an RBI in the inning.
Stanton responded with two runs in the third inning and five more in the fourth, with three doubles, to take an 8-4 lead.
After falling behind 9-4, O-M plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth to make it 9-7, two of which came around on a Johnson two-run single that floated over the Viqueen first baseman’s head.
The Bulldogs’ last run came when Kaela Eslinger roped a triple that one-hopped its way to the fence and then took home on a passed ball.
“We got some runs tonight so that’s promising,” said head coach Mike Cooley. “They run the bases pretty well once we get on base.”
The Bulldogs trailed by two going into the seventh when incoming weather and some defensive miscues allowed Stanton to pile on.
O-M starting pitcher Kaela Eslinger – who had been battling a jammed finger – threw an easy grounder past Caitlyn Buckman at first.
Eslinger was also battling the elements as a quick up-tick in humidity forced her to continually wipe off her hands with a towel after losing control of a few pitches.
Stanton grabbed six insurance runs in the seventh inning, taking a 16-8 lead and then quickly closed the door in the bottom half of the inning.
“We’re just haven’t played consistent very well,” said Cooley. “We haven’t gotten into an opportunity to play night after night either.”
UP NEXT – O-M (1-5, 0-5) will play its third and fourth games of the week at Lamoni today (Thursday) and West Central Valley Friday.
Baseball can’t limit big innings
ORIENT – The Bulldogs once again played an effective first inning before letting a few hits, coupled with some fielding errors, turn into big innings and an 18-1 loss.
Trailing just 2-0 after the first inning – where Treyg Webb made all three outs in center field – Orient-Macksburg gave up seven runs in the second and six runs in the fourth innings.
“We’re just trying to have fun and not let one mistake turn into two, which turns into three,” said head coach Drew Dornack. “Baseball is kind of like life where once one thing goes bad, then it seems like multiple things go bad and it always finds you.”
After getting a free baserunner after a Stanton error to lead off the third inning, the Bulldogs had a chance to get on the scoreboard thanks to Quincey Davis walk.
Both runners moved into scoring position, but O-M’s 1-2 hitters both struck out, ending the threat.
Wiley Ray led off the fourth inning with a double and came around to score the Bulldogs’ lone run.
Derek Gross started the game on the hill for the red and white before being replaced by Blake Sevier in the second inning.
Webb made his first appearance on the hill and struck out a batter in the fourth inning.
“He threw a couple strikes. He ended up striking one kid out, but he’s got a lot to work on,” said Dornack.
UP NEXT – The Bulldogs (0-6, 0-4) travel to Lamoni today (Thursday).