BY PCC STAFF
WASHINGTON – The Fort Madison Bloodhound softball team suffered it’s firsts losses in six games dropping a doubleheader to Washington Thursday on the road.
The Lady Hounds fell short in the nightcap after a two-inning rally down 4-0 came up short in the top of the seventh.
Down 4-0 going into the top half of the sixth inning, Kylee Cashman delivered a one-out single down the left field line and then quickly swiped second base. Maycee Featheringill, who had been on a tear from the plate of late, popped out to second for the second out, before Ivy Geerdes followed with a single to left scoring Cashman.
Logan Johnson would ground out to short to end the threat. Katie Dennis would set the Demons downs in the bottom half and the Hounds made a game of it down 4-1 in the top half of the seventh.
Dennis would lead off with single to left and Dalyn Wondra would convert on an infield single to move Dennis to second with no outs – and Fort Madison was in business.
Vanessa Golowach was thrown out on a grounder to second base but advanced the runners to second and third. Cassie Powers, in a pinch hit role, hit a grounder that got deep enough between short and third for a hit scoring Dennis and moving Wondra to third.
Olivia Williams would ground out to second for the second out scoring Wondra to make it 4-3 Washington, and moving Powers, the tying run, to second. Cashman would then hit a 1-1 pitch back up the middle that was fielded cleanly by Washington sophomore hurler Cara Linnenkamp for the final out of the night.
Dennis went the distance for Fort Madison going six innings and giving up four runs all earned on seven hits and fanning three.
In the opener, Fort Madison carried a one run lead behind the sparkling pitching of Powers who gave up just two hits through seven innings and struck out the side in the bottom of the third.
But in the seventh, the Demons caught fire with one out. Freshman Rylee Fishback and senior Molly Parks each reached on back-to-back singles before junior Alexa Mitchell ripped a single to center and advanced to second as the throw from Golowach came home to try and get Fishback at the plate.
Fishback reached safely to tie the game, and Parks and Mitchell stood on second and third. Senior Haylee Wilson then racked the game with a long shot over the left field fence for the walk-off three-run dinger.
Cashman scored the Hounds only run in the fifth when she led off with a double and then was driven in by Geerdes, two hitters later. Geerdes led Fort Madison in game one at the plate going 2 for 3 with an RBI. Cashman and Wondra both had a couple hits in the opener.
Powers went 6 1/3 giving up four runs on six hits and struck out eight for the Hounds who fall to .500 at 8-8 on the season. They host Mt. Pleasant on Monday in a double header.