GOOSELAKE – The FMHS Lady Hounds took first-place at Saturday’s tournament at Northeast High School in Goose Lake.
Lexi Schmidt came off a 10-0 loss to Ottumwa on Thursday to knock off Bellevue 10-2 in the first game of the day Saturday. Schmidt gave up just two runs, one earned, and struck out nine batters, and allowed five hits. She was also 2-of-4 from the plate with two doubles and a run scored.
Chayse Lowney went 2-of-5 with two doubles, an rbi, and run scored. Kylee Cashman also had two hits. Kamryn Bailey had a double for the Hounds, while Sadie Smithburg, Shyla Farmer, Olivia Williams, and Emily Mitchell all had singles for the FM team. FMHS jumped out to a three-run 2nd inning and added another in the third and one in the fifth before breaking out for a four-run sixth inning to take a 9-2 lead over Bellevue.
Advancing to the championship bracket, the Hounds faced host Northeast in their second game. The Lady Hounds again jumped out to some early scoring putting up two runs in the second and three in the third and that’s all they would need as Lowney allowed only one run earned on eight hits and struck out three.
Smithburg went 2-of-3 with an RBI to lead FMHS at the plate. Bailey went 1-of-3 with another double and an RBI and a run scored. Lowney, Schmidt, Farmer, and Jada Lamm also had hits for Fort Madison. Lamm scored twice, and Schmidt and Lowney each tallied a run in the win that sent FMHS into the championship game against Maquoketa.
Maquoketa came back with a run in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at 3. Neither FM nor Maquoketa could muster heroics in the seventh inning but Fort Madison came up with two runs in the top of the eighth where Schmidt gave up one run in the bottom half before the Hounds slammed the door.
Bailey went 3-of-4 at the plate with two runs scored and a couple of stolen bases to lead the Hounds. Lowney was 2-of-4 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base, and a run scored.
Vanessa Golowach went 2-of- 3 with a run scored. Schmidt, Smithburg, Cashman, and Williams all had singles for FMHS. Schmidt and Smithburg also scored runs.
The Hounds (10-24) host Keokuk in the regular season finale on Monday at home, before post season play begins Thursday against Keokuk on the road.