Lady Hounds split with Dav. North

Fort Madison opens Southeast Conference play Tuesday at Mt. Pleasant

BY PCC SPORTS

FORT MADISON – Neeley Rehm went all seven innings giving up six runs on six hits and went 2-of-4 from the plate with two RBI and a run scored to lead Fort Madison in an 8-6 win over Davenport North.

The win gave the Bloodhounds a split in the Friday affair at Hoskins Field in Fort Madison as North took the night cap 10-6.

Fort Madison lead 1-0 going into the fourth inning in game 1 after Emily Steffensmeier was plunked on the second pitch of the game. She would steal second and score on Rehm’s RBI single.

Neither team would plate a run again until the top of the fourth when Rehm led off by hitting sophomore Allison Boynton. A courtesy runner would score on Lauren Durst’s double to center to tie things up at 1. Durst would move to third on a sacrifice bunt and then get thrown out trying to steal home to end the threat.

North would tie things up in the top of the sixth when Layla Muhammad homered on a liner to left, but Fort Madison would put a six-spot up on the bottom half highlighted by a two-run error on the Wildcats. Lexi Whaley’s hard grounder to third scored two when the ball was misplayed. Logan Johnson and Lauryn Helmick both singled to follow Whaley, scoring two more runs for an 8-2 Bloodhound lead.

The Wildcats would rally in the top of the seventh. Durst singled a 2-0 pitch into right field and then Jordan Snaar took a ball out to left cutting the lead to 8-4 with no outs. Rehm got the next hitter on strikes looking. An error in right allowed a baserunner at second and then a single put runners at the corners.

Zelly Muhammad then singled to left scoring one and leaving runners at 2nd and 3rd on the throw home. A sacrifice fly to center plated another run to make it 8-6. Rehm would give up a walk to bring the tying run to the plate, but a ground out to short would give the Hounds the win.

Rehm, Elle Ruble and Helmick each had two hits in the game. Whaley, Logan Johnson, Erika Kruse and Taylor Johnson each had hits. Taylor Johnson, Helmick and Logan Johnson had RBIs in the win.

Rehm gave up six runs, four earned on six hits while fanning nine and walking one in the win.

In the second game, Kruse took the loss surrendering 10 runs, eight earned on nine hits while walking eight, striking out four and committing eight wild pitches.

Davenport opened the game with three runs in the top of the first and two in the top of the third for a 5-2 lead. The Wildcats put up five more in the top of the sixth sparked by an RBI double by Cassandra Bergthold. The Hound put the first five hitters on with walks and errors before getting a ground out. Bergthold hit her double to put the Wildcats up 10-2.

Fort Madison would put on four runs in the bottom of the seventh started by a Whaley double. Johnson would walk and score on an error off Helmick’s grounder to short. After a Kruse popout in foul territory, Elizabeth Tanner and Ruble would both single and then Taylor Johnson doubled to center scoring Ruble. Tanner was thrown out after stealing second and trying to score on Ruble’s single.

Steffensmeier would pop out in foul territory to end the game.

Whaley, Logan Johnson, Taylor Johnson and Kruse each had two hits. Steffensmeier, Tanner and Ruble each had hits. Rehm pitched 1 2/3 with two strikeouts and no hits, walks or runs.

The Bloodhounds (1-5, 0-0) travel to Mt. Pleasant on Tuesday to open Southeast Conference play with a double header.

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