BY PCC SPORTS
DONNELLSON – A 5-run third inning proved to be too much for Central Lee as Cardinal ran away with a 9-2 win in Southeast Iowa Superconference softball Tuesday night.
The Comet’s Alexia McClure hit a two strike, two-out homer to left that plated three runs in the top of the third in what would prove to be the game winner. The blast gave Cardinal a 5-0 lead before the Lady Hawks could get the 3rd out.
Kinsey Hissen stroked a two-out single to right just before McClure’s shot to open the scoring with 2 RBI.
Cardinal would add four more runs in the top of the fourth with Sophie Turner on in relief of starter Meghan Hopp.
The Comets would get the first two runners on with an error and a single to center. Caitlyn Reber then reached on a Hawks error that would allow two runners to score and make it 7-0. After a Turner walk put runners at first and second Emma Becker would ground out to short moving the runners into scoring position with one out.
Reber would come in to score on a throwing error at third and then Hissem would hit an RBI single to make it 9-0 before Turner could get a couple fly balls to end the inning.
Central Lee (5-3) would put up two runs in the bottom of the sixth when Alix Congdon singled to start the inning. Shanna Buford would double to center scoring courtesy runner Carlee Pezley. A throw to the plate would allow Buford to move up and score on Hopp’s sacrifice fly to center.
Simmons would single and Bailey Schwartz would draw a walk to put two runners on with two outs, but a strikeout would end the inning.
Turner doubled to start the bottom of the 7th after the Hawks held the Comets scoreless in the last frame. Macy Watkins would then reach on an error at second, but Kamryn Cox, courtesy running for Turner, would get thrown out at home trying to score on a Congdon bunt.
Buford would then line out to second allowing Cardinal to double off the runner at 1st to end the game 9-2.
Congdon went 2-for-4 on the night. Buford was 1 for 4 with an RBI and a run scored. Watkins, Hopp, Makayla Morrison, Abby Simmons and Turner had the other hits for Central Lee.
Hissem went 4-for-4 with 3 RBI and a run scored to lead Cardinal.
Hopp wnet 3 innings and Turner went four giving up a combined 14 hits and 9 runs, 5 earned while striking out three and walking one.
Nicoa McClure got the win for Cardinal (3-7) going all seven and giving up eight hits and the two earned runs.