BY PCC SPORTS
FORT MADISON – Fort Madison sophomore Neeley Rehm sent an 0-1 pitch into left field for a double to lead off the bottom of the 7th, but an error on the throw back in allowed Rehm to come all away around with the winning run as the Lady Hounds upset Davis County 6-5 Tuesday night.
The Lady Mustang’s Madeline Barker had the Hounds number most of the night carrying a 5-1 lead into the bottom of the sixth innings.
Fort Madison starter Erika Kruse was knocked out at the end of the second with Fort Madison down 5-0.
Emily Steffensmeier would get on with a single to start the bottom of the third and steal second. Rehm would then single on line drive to center to score Steffensmeier. Rehm would move to second on the throw home, but would get stranded there on a fly out to center with Fort Madison trailing 5-1.
Rehm would get the Mustangs 1-2-3 in the top of the fourth and both teams would go scoreless until Fort Madison tied things up in the bottom of the sixth.
Logan Johnson started the inning with a single to short. Aija Jenkins would slip in as a courtesy runner and quickly take second. Lexi Whaley would fly out to left for the first out. Kruse would then reach on an error that allowed Jenkins to come around to score cutting the lead to 5-2.
Lauren Helmick then popped up for the second out, but Taylor Johnson would keep things going with a single to right moving Kruse to third. Johnson would move over to second on throw through the infield. Allyson Helmick would then single to right scoring Kruse and Johnson to cut the lead to one at 5-4.
Steffensmeier then doubled to left field scoring Helmick to tie things up at 5 before a strikeout ended the threat.
Rehm would get the Mustangs again in order in the top of the seventh setting up the drama in the bottom half of the seventh for the Hounds win.
Rehm was 2-for-3 on the night with a run scored and an RBI. Steffensmeier had the same line and Logan Johnson also had two hits for Fort Madison. Whaley, Taylor Johnson and Helmick had the other hits for the Hounds.
Rehm gave up five hits in relief, but didn’t allow a run and struck out four in getting the win. Kruse gave up five runs all earned, on three hits and struck out one.
The Lady Hounds will look to build on the win with a doubleheader at Keokuk’s Joyce Park Wednesday night.