BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
WAPELLO – The Lady Hounds engaged in slugfest at Wapello Wednesday night, but had to stave off a rally from the Arrows to get the win.
Fort Madison put up nine runs in the third and fourth innings and then held off a wicked rally in the bottom of the seventh for a 15-13 win, the squad’s second in a row.
Fort Madison spotted Wapello a 6-2 lead through the first two innings, but then got the bats going in the third.
Ivy Geerdes started the donnybrook with a double to deep right field. Lexi Whaley, just an 8th grader who went 4 for 5 on the day with 3 RBI and a home run, singled and Erika Kruse hit a deep ball to center scoring Geerdes.
Maycee Featheringill would pop up to the pitcher, but then Neeley Rehm singled to center plating Whaley. Kruse would come around to score on an error off a Lauryn Helmick pop to right field. Emily Steffensmeier would hit a shot to right deep enough for Rehm to come around and score and tie the game up at 6 each.
Rehm would hold the Arrows scoreless in the bottom of the third and fourth, while Fort Madison piled on five more runs in the fourth.
Senior Dalyn Wondra singled to left, and then Geerdes almost hit one out to center, but raced around to third for a triple and the Wondra RBI. Whaley would hit into an RBI fielder’s choice to short, but reached safely as Geerdes scored on the play at the plate. An error and a Helmick grounder to short had Whaley standing at third and she would come around to score on an error.
With just one out Featheringill reached on a walk and Rhem would reach on an error in left. Lauryn Helmick would then hit into a fielder’s choice, but again Wapello couldn’t record an out on the play. Rehm and Helmick both advanced on a double steal and the Rehm scored on a wild pitch. Helmick would also score on a miscue and Fort Madison was in business up 11-6.
The Hounds would put up two in the sixth and two more in the seventh when Whaley yanked one over the fence on a 2-1 count with Geerdes on at first.
Wapello would come into the home half of seventh down 15-9. Dennis would plunk Quinn Veach and then Sammy Ewert would reach on an error. Aliyah Lolling would hit into a fielder’s choice and everyone would be safe loading the bases.
Mady Reid hit a shot to left that was mishandled scoring Veach. Serah Shafer hit a single to left scoring Ewert. Lolling tried to reach home from second was gunned down at the plate for the first out and Wapello down 15-11.
Toni Bohlen would ground out to second scoring Reid and then Tatum Wolford would send a shot into left field that would score Shafer. Dennis would get the next hitter to ground out to end the game.
Ivy Geerdes was one hit from the cycle with a single, double and triple on a 3-for-4 night at the plate with a couple RBI. Logan Johnson, Rehm, Kruse, Lauryn Helmick, Featheringill, and Wondra all had hits for Fort Madison.
Rehm pitched four innings giving up six runs on five hits while striking out two. Dennis came on in relief and pitched the final three innings giving up seven runs, just one earned on three hits.
Fort Madison is 2-1 on the season after splitting with Mt. Pleasant on Monday and plays Thursday at Burlington High School in a double header.