Rylee Leshen

RYLEE LESHEN BROKE out of her hitting slump with a hit against Davis County. The Dees continued their torrid hitting as a team, scoring 11 runs against Davis County, seven against Wayne and 17 against Van Meter, with seven runs coming in a suspended game against Sigourney.

The Albia Lady Dees were on their way to an 11th straight victory, when a heavy thunderstorm hit Oskaloosa, suspending their game with Class 2A eighth ranked Sigourney with the Dees up 7-4 in the fourth inning.

But 10 straight isn’t bad at all, particularly when the last two games were blowout wins over very good teams.

Albia 11, Davis County 1

Having beaten the Mustangs 19-4 a week before Thursday’s home rematch, some people may have thought it would be another cakewalk. The Mustangs picked up a couple of hits in the first inning against Jena Lawrence, but the junior pitcher settled down to throw four innings of shutout softball, scattering six hits without a walk and striking out four.

Albia erased the Mustang lead in the first with four runs, then added three in the second and two each in the fourth and fifth to end the game by the 10-run rule. Freshman reserve Lauren Bayer stepped into pinch hit with two runners on in the fifth and belted a walk-off double to end the game.

The Dees continued their impressive hitting, racking up 16 hits and nine RBI. Alex Beard had three hits including a double and an RBI, Makenna Ross had two hits including a double, Lawrence had two hits and two RBI, MacKenna Jones had two hits, Abbie Martin had two hits and two RBI, Ellie Spurgin had two hits and an RBI and Rylee Leshen and Kennedy Schroeder each had hits.

Allie Major scored three runs, Taylor Colwell two, Taylee Wolfer one and Danica Workman one as pinch and courtesy runners.

Interesting factoid. Leadoff hitter Schroeder led off for Albia in three straight innings (first, second and third).

The win boosted Albia’s conference record to 7-1.

Albia 7, Wayne 3

Entering the Oskaloosa Tournament over the weekend, MacKenna Jones got the call to the mound in the first game against an 11-4 Wayne Trojan team. Jones cruised through five innings of shutout softball, running into a bit of a jam in the sixth when she gave up a two-run double and the Trojans scored three runs.

But Albia was already leading 7-0 and the Dees shut down Wayne in the seventh to win 7-3.

Jones ended up with 12 strikeouts, giving up five hits and a walk. She also helped herself at the plate, belting two hits including a double and driving in three runs. Schroeder was red hot in the lead off spot with three hits including a double and an RBI. Beard had two hits, Bayer had an RBI hit and Lawrence, Abbey Griffin, and Colwell all had hits.

Albia 17, Van Meter 3

Lawrence pitched the second game of the tournament and struggled a bit in the first inning as the 14-win Van Meter Bulldogs scored three earned runs on a walk and a couple of hits, but it was all Albia after the third out in the top of the first.

Lawrence regained her swagger to throw shutout innings in the second and third and Albia’s bats absolutely ravaged Van Meter.

The Dees scored three in the first, two in the second and five in the third to end the game by the mercy rule.

Abbie Martin had a career day at the plate. The junior right fielder had three hits including a homerun, a double and a single with three runs scored and four RBI. Ellie Spurgin wasn’t far behind with three hits including a double and an RBI. Lawrence had two hits and two RBI, Ross had two hits, Beard belted an RBI double, Schroeder had an RBI single and Griffin had an RBI single. Wolfer scored three and Bayer two as courtesy runners.

Albia vs Sigourney suspended

We’ll have to wait a bit for the end of the game pitting Class 3A #8 Albia against Class 2A #15 Sigourney. It was a heck of a game through the first four innings, with both teams fighting through swirling winds and sometimes blinding dust. Albia was leading 7-4 in the fourth when lightning stopped the game and then heavy rains created the postponement. The game will be completed Friday, June 29 when the Dees have another scheduled game with the Savages.

Albia rolls to 16-3 on the season and will play again on Thursday at home against Knoxville. Looking ahead the Dees play a marquee game at the Pella Christian Tournament on Saturday against Class 3A #2 Humboldt in a rematch from last year’s state tournament semi-final. Humboldt is 17-1 with its only loss to Fort Dodge.

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