MAYNARD - The scoring came early and often for the Springville softball team Friday, June 28, and in the end, they needed a lot of it to post a win over host West Central.
“We held an 11-2 lead after two innings but then kind of went to sleep on defense and West Central pushed us,” said Oriole softball coach Laura Riley, but her team was able to push back enough to cruise to a wild 20-10 non- conference triumph.
“Libby Moore had a blistering night at the plate. They couldn’t stop her as she was 4-for-5 with three doubles. Nia Howard, not accustomed to batting, had three hits as well.”
After scoring four times in the opening inning, Springville (17-18, 11-11) blew the game open with a seven-run second and led 11-2 before the Blue Devils gradually began to play their way back into it plating three runs in the third and fourth frames.
Leading 15-8 in the sixth, the Orioles plated five of the game’s final seven runs to keep their comfortable advantage.
Springville bats ripped 16 hits with Grace Matus adding three more while also swiping four bases.
The Orioles hosted Starmont in a Tri-Rivers doubleheader Thursday, June 27, and in the opener claimed a 1-0 victory.
Mallory Steiner singled home Savannah Nealman, who had tripled, with the game’s lone run in the bottom of the fifth.
Steiner was also sensational in the pitcher’s circle working all seven frames allowing two hits while striking out six Star batters.
The nightcap saw more drama as Springville rallied for a wild 8-7, eight-inning triumph.
Down 7-3 in the seventh inning Matus, Nichole Kane, Moore and Kali Spicer all crossed the plate to knot the score and force extra frames.
In the eighth Springville walked off with the win when Melissa Nulle plated Spicer sparking a huge celebration.
The Orioles hosted Cascade Saturday, June 29, and in stifling 95-degree heat, were handed a 7-2 defeat.
“We played admirably considering the conditions,” said Riley, as the Cougars plated two runs in the second, fifth and sixth frames to pull away.
“We just couldn’t do much besides pop the ball up on offense though.”
Nealman did deliver a solo home run in the fifth for the final Springville tally in the game.
The Orioles had their hands full at class 3A eighth-ranked Anamosa Wednesday, June 26, opening with an 8-0 setback in the twinbill.
The Raiders plated six first inning runs but after making a pitching change, the Springville girls settled down and played right with the talented hosts only allowing two more runs the rest of the way.
The nightcap saw Raider bats explode handing the Orioles a tough 11-1 setback in five frames.
Matus and Nulle tallied the lone hits for the visitors.