SPRINGVILLE - Turning in a solid 2019 campaign, the Springville softball team earned the right to host a class 1A regional playoffs game Monday, July 8.
And they took advantage of the opportunity against visiting North Tama.
“There’s no better place to begin regional play than at Binley Field, and tonight the girls got the job done,” said Oriole softball coach Laura Riley, as her team advanced down the tournament trail with a resounding 8-0 triumph over the Redhawks.
“We are not typically too flashy, nor should we try to be, and the girls showed patience and composure as they settled into the game.”
Springville (18-21, 11-13) broke a scoreless tie in the bottom of the second when Melissa Nulle, Nia Howard and Molly Stamp all crossed the plate.
It would be all the support Oriole pitcher Kalli Spicer would need, who was dominant in the circle.
“Kalli went the distance giving up just two hits and she sat down a total of seven,” Riley said. “With her control inside the circle, the girls gained an added confidence that helps them realize we can take some time to adjust on offense.
“Normally, we pounce on pitches one and two, but tonight the girls worked hard to keep their weight back and drive the ball on the pitches that they were looking for. That didn’t translate to a lot of runs, but it sure proved their abilities as hitters and their work in the cage.”
Springville added to their lead in the fifth when Spicer singled and came around to score thanks to an RBI hit from Nulle.
The hosts blew the game open in the sixth as Savannah Nealman led off with a double and came in to score as did Stamp, Grace Matus and Nichole Kane.
“Again, it wasn’t flashy but the girls deserve a lot of credit for taking the game as it came,” Riley said. “Defense was solid and again we turned a couple of dynamic double plays while also never giving up that one big inning to the other team.”
Spicer wouldn’t allow it, as most Redhawk batters had trouble catching up with her fastball and the few who did manage to put the ball in play resulted in easy pop ups or ground outs.
The Orioles now advance to the 1A regional quarter-final round at Central City Wednesday, July 10.
Springville wrapped their regular season with an 11-5 setback hosting class 2A fourth-ranked Jesup Wednesday, July 3.
A six-run J-Hawk sixth inning extended what had been a narrow 4-2 advantage at the time.
Nulle powered a 10-hit Oriole offense going 3-for-3 while Matus and Kane chipped in with two hits each.
Springville hosted Alburnett Monday, July 1, and in the first game of the conference twinbill were handed a bitter 6-5 setback in eight innings.
Trailing 5-2 in the bottom of the seventh, the Orioles rallied knotting the game with a huge three-run frame only to see the visitors score in the eighth to win.
The nightcap again saw the Pirates score late using three-run frames in the fourth and sixth to claim an 8-1 final.