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Dees come out of grueling opening schedule 1-3

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Posted: Friday, May 26, 2017 9:12 am

There’s nothing like the challenge of playing three ranked teams in three straight nights to begin a softball season and the Albia Lady Dees battled hard, winning one of the three games.

The team lost its opener to defending 4A champion Oskaloosa, ranked 7th in the first pre-season poll.

On Tuesday the team hosted Murray, ranked 15th in 1A, and came away with a solid 4-0 victory. On Wednesday the team met #7 ranked 2A Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont and struggled, losing a 5-2 decision.

Against Murray, freshman Jena Lawrence tossed a two-hit shutout with two walks and 16 strikeouts. Leadoff hitter Brandi Gilbert got a single and clean-up hitter Breianna Klein singled. Hailey Chew picked up two walks, but no batter became a scoring threat.

After struggling against first Osky’s first team all-state pitcher on Monday, the Dees came out against Murray and their ace, Klein, to rap out six hits, including a double and a homerun by Alex Beard.

Albia’s freshman catcher had three RBI on the night. The Dees scored two runs in the first inning with a Beard RBI double and two in the fourth with Beard hitting a two-run shot over the fence.

Hannah Isley and Makenna Ross each had singles and scored, Rylee Leshen singled and Erin Heaton singled and scored.

Klein managed just four strikeouts against an aggressive Albia offense. The team moves to 1-1 on the season.

Against the Rockets, you could sense some fatigue in the Dees. Jena Lawrence had trouble early finding the strike zone, giving up four walks on the night. The Rockets picked up seven hits off the Albia freshman, but she struck out 11.

The Rockets took the lead in the top of the first on a walk, a wild pitch and a single by Haegen Boyer drove Taryn Swartz across the plate. EBF added to the margin in the second as Randie Richmond singled and Lillie Hynick reached by error. Richmond scored on Darian Johnson’s single and Hynick scored on a ground out by Reina Taylor. In the fourth inning Teri Lane scored after singling and Johnson reached by error and Taylor hit a sacrifice fly to score Lane. The Rockets scored again in the fifth on a single by Taylor, two stolen bases and a wild pitch later EBF owned a 5-0 lead.

Albia had a run taken off the board in the bottom of the fourth on a controversial catch at shortstop. EBF led 5-0 before the Dees scored in the bottom of the fifth when Kenzie Curran reached base and scored on a triple by Erin Heaton that skipped through to the fence. Heaton wound up on third, but couldn’t score.

Kennedy Schroeder hit a solo homerun over the centerfield fence to make it 5-2.

Albia started hitting the ball squarely off EBF pitcher Randie Richmond, but solid defense at shortstop and in the outfield kept Albia off the bases.

Schroeder, Lawrence, Curran, Heatin and Abigail Martin all had hits for Albia. Lexi Taylor led EB with two hits. Reina Taylor had two RBI. EBF moves to 2-0 on the season and Albia falls to 1-2.

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