SPRINGVILLE - You could probably hear the cheering coming from both the Springville and Central City dugouts all over town Thursday, June 13, as the Orioles hosted the 13th-ranked Wildcats in a wild Tri-Rivers Conference doubleheader.
There were plenty of reasons to celebrate, too, even if the end results weren’t quite what Springville softball coach Laura Riley was hoping for.
“While we didn’t see the wins we’d like, it’s hard not to be proud of the girls’ efforts, especially in the Central City outing,” said Riley, as her team blasted three home runs in the opener of the twinbill, ending with an 11-6 setback.
“Those games simply boiled down to execution, but not because of a lack of effort. There is a big difference, and the girls are playing some solid ball.”
Springville (12-11, 7-7) fell into a 6-0 hole in the first game as Central City plated three runs in the first, two more in the second before adding another in the third before Oriole bats got going.
Kali Spicer drilled a long two-run home run over the center field fence to get the hosts on the board in the bottom of the third while teammates Nichole Kane and Libby Moore connected for home runs in the sixth as Springville trimmed a 9-3 deficit entering the frame to just three runs at 9-6.
The Wildcats would have the final say plating two runs in the top of the seventh to take the five-run finale.
Oriole bats ripped 11 hits overall in the opener, led by two from Grace Matus, Morgan Nachazel and Melissa Nulle.
Moore got the start in the pitchers’ circle and worked the game’s first 6.1 innings allowing nine Central City hits and five earned runs.
The nightcap saw Springville rally from a 6-4 deficit in the bottom of the seventh scoring twice to force extra frames only to come up on the short end of a 10-6 final in 10 intense innings.
The two teams traded runs early on before the Orioles plated two in the bottom of the fifth to take a 3-2 lead.
After the Wildcats tied it in the sixth, Springville immediately answered, scoring one in the bottom half to again take a lead.
Again, Central City came back plating three runs in the top of the seventh, but this time it was the Orioles who answered to knot the score at 6-6 before a four-run Wildcat 10th proved to be too much to overcome.
“We certainly had our opportunities,” Riley said. “We stranded seven runners on base in the game, including two in the bottom of the ninth that could have won it.”
The Springville offense did its job coming through with an impressive 14 hits, powered by three each from Spicer and Nulle.
Two of Spicer’s three hits were doubles.
Kane and Nachazel added two hits each.
Spicer pitched into the ninth inning allowing just six Wildcat hits and one earned run while striking out three.
The week started with the Orioles traveling to Maquoketa Valley, where they dropped the opener of the conference twinbill in a narrow 2-1 decision.
Nachazel plated pinch runner Ashlynn Zaruba in the top of the fourth with the lone run of the game for Springville, who trailed 2-0 at the time as the Wildcats plated single runs in the first and second frames.
Moore pitched well tossing a seven-hitter and fanned two while Oriole bats were held to five hits overall.
The nightcap saw Springville bats come to life claiming a lopsided 13-5 triumph.
Leading just 7-5 in the top of the seventh, Springville busted the game wide open plating six runs in the frame.
Kane and Mallory Steiner swung the big bats tallying three hits each while Spicer and Nachazel added two hits each.
The Orioles made a long trip to Mason City Saturday, June 5, taking part in the Newman Catholic tournament opening with a narrow 8-6 loss against 11th-ranked Bishop-Garrigan in a six-inning contest.
Trailing 4-1 in the fourth, Springville rallied to tie the score as Nulle, Savannah Nealman and Matus all crossed the plate.
Bishop-Garrigan had the final say however scoring four straight runs, including three in the top of the sixth to win.
The Orioles didn’t go down without a fight plating two runs in their final at-bat as Zaruba and Molly Stamp both scored.
Matus, Kane, Nulle, Steiner and Stamp all powered an 11-hit Springville offense with two hits each.
Moore started in the circle and struck out four tossing a six-hitter.
The final game of the tournament saw the Orioles handed a rough 11-1 setback against host Mason City Newman Catholic.
“Game two was a drizzly game played in a steady rain and it got out of hand quickly,” said Riley, as the hosts plated six third inning runs to pull away and win in five frames.
“They hit the ball and we did not. Four errors in the third led to all six of their runs, and that was about it.”
Springville bats were held to just three hits.