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Malad’s softball team took to the road last week as they played West Side, Wednesday, April 27 and Bear Lake, Thursday, April 28.  

The Lady Dragons quickly took control of the game against the West Side Pirates in the opening inning.  Riglee Petersen put up the first run when Madi Green, third in the batting line up, hit a sacrifice fly to first base, allowing Petersen to make it across home plate.  Hallie Horsley and Kaitlyn Pickett brought in runs as Pickett hit a homer to center field to bring the inning’s total runs to three.  In the bottom of the first, Malad’s defense put out three for three of West Sides hitters. Horsley snagged an out at first after second baseman Brylee Oglesbee picked up the ground ball, with Petersen striking out the other two opponents.

 Back on the offense, the MHS softball team managed another three runs in the second with their hitting and by taking advantage of West Side’s errors.  Their offense really got on a roll in the third inning, with a run by Maggie Willie, batted in on a double fly ball to right field by Graycee Goddard.  Petersen brought the score to ten after her home run brought in teammates Beth McClain and Goddard.  Oglesbee managed a final run in the inning as Horsley hit a fly ball to center field.  Horsley brought in the last run of the game in the fifth and final inning, bringing the score, 12 to 1.

 The MHS lady softball team tallied a total of 16 hits, with Horsley, Pickett, Peterson, Willie, and Goddard all managing multiples.  Horsley led the team in batting, with four hits in four at bats.   Petersen pitched all five innings for the Lady Dragons, facing 19 batters, allowing only three hits and one run, striking out five.

 Bear Lake proved to be more of a challenge in Montpelier Thursday night, going a full seven innings. The Lady Dragons were ready for the challenge, ultimately pulling out the win, 8 to 2.  Pickett led the team in hitting, going four for four at the plate with a double in the second inning, a single in the fourth, and home runs in the sixth and seventh, tallying up two runs and batting in four teammates.  She also led the team in putouts, recording ten at the end of the game.  Adley Kimberling and Horsley each added home runs to the score in the sixth and seventh innings. 

Coach Schow said, “This team is special. We have a great group of eleven freshmen that have played on a travel team for a while, and they bring a lot of spirit to the team. My seniors who we call M&M (Madi Green and Maggie Willie) have really stepped up as captains this year.

 “Madi Green has stepped up this year as our varsity shortstop. She is great at directing the field and taking charge. She has also had four home runs this season so far. Kaitlyn Pickett also has stepped up as our varsity catcher. Her team spirit and enthusiasm for the game is inspiring and is essential for our team.  Kaitlyn has also had three home runs this year.  Freshmen Brylee Oglesbee (varsity 2nd base) and Riglee Peterson (Varsity pitcher/infielder) have also stepped up in a big way both defensively and hitting; Riglee sitting with 4 home runs on the season and Brylee at 2. Really, everyone of our 21 players brings something unique and special to our team.” 

Every member of the team has worked to make improvements, be coachable  and have seen that hard work pay off.  And at the end of each game, no matter what happens, “we leave the field with our heads up high.”  Coach Schow continued, “These girls truly emanate the true spirit of softball and make it a pleasure to coach them.”

 As the season is coming to a close, the team is setting their sights on nothing but finishing at the top spot.  Coach Schow shared, “Our goal is to take district and take state again.” 

 

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