BY CHUCK VANDENBERG
BURLINGTON – Fort Madison put up two runs in the top of the 5th trying to salvage a split in Thursday’s double header at Burlington, but the Grayhounds responded with four in the bottom of the frame en route to 7-3 second game win.
The Hounds dropped the first game 10-0 in five innings as junior hurler Adessa Brandenburg kept Fort Madison’s hitters off balance most of the game.
In the nightcap, Burlington jumped out to a 3-0 lead through four. Brandenburg would score after reaching on a fielder’s choice and coming around on a couple errors in the first inning.
Bloodhound freshman Neeley Rehm gave up a single to start the second then settled in to get three straight pop ups to retire the side.
In the bottom of the third, Brandenburg and Lydia Allen-Barnes both singled to right with one out and advanced on a wild pitch. Kayla Norton would sacrifice to deep right field scoring Brandenburg. Carley McGinity and Morgan Schroeder would each single with McGinity driving in Allen-Barnes. A grounder to short would end the inning.
Both teams went three-up, three-down in the fourth and Fort Madison heated up in the fifth. Rehm hit a one-out single to left and was moved over to second by Dalyn Wondra. Lauryn Helmick then singled just over the head of Burlington’s Megan Topping to score Rehm. Logan Johnson would single up the middle to score Helmick and close the gap to 3-2 before Kylee Cashman ground back to the pitcher to end the inning.
Rehm seemed to have things in hand in the bottom half with two outs and one on, but then four straight hits from McGinity, Schroeder, Topping, and Kayla Angle, coupled with a wild pitch put four more Grayhound runs on the board, before a pop out ended the inning.
Ivy Geerdes reached to lead off the sixth for Fort Madison when a fly to center was mishandled leaving her at second base. Burlington would get the next two hitters to fly out before Allyson Helmick drove in Geerdes with a single to left center. Rehm was thrown out on a dropped third strike to end the inning.
Rehm held the Grayhounds scoreless in the bottom half, but Fort Madison couldn’t plate anyone in the seventh for the loss.
Johnson, Cashman, Allyson Helmick, Rehm and Lauryn Helmick all had hits for the Hounds in the second game. Both Helmicks and Johnson had the RBIs.
In the opener, Wondra had the only hit for Fort Madison, a single to left center in the top of the fifth, Katie Dennis started the game going 1 2/3 giving up six runs on five hits while striking out one. Erika Kruse came on in the second and gave up four runs on four hits and three walks.
The Bloodhounds fall to 2-3 overall and 1-3 in the Southeast Conference with the loss. Fort Madison travels to Washington (2-3) Monday night for a double header.