The Albia Lady Dees built on a successful tournament weekend, re-entering South Central Conference play on Monday with a 14-4, six-inning victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont.

    The Rockets entered the game down four starters including pitcher Brooklyn Bettis (wrist injury) and Whitney Klyn (volleyball camp). Rocket starter Bella Noble got through the first inning giving up only a walk, but the Dees capitalized on two fielding errors, a walk and four hits to score six runs.

    Ashley Beary slammed a two-run double which began a flurry of extra base hits for the Dees. Albia went down in order in the third and EBF got a run back in the bottom of the third when Molly Shafer reached on an error and Kate Shafer hit an RBI double.

    Lexie Jones opened the fourth with a walk and Beary drew a two-out walk bringing up clean-up hitter Aliya Myers who belted a three-run home run. Sydney Hoskins hit a double and was stranded but Albia led 9-1.

    The Dees got back-to-back singles by Becca Spinler and Jones to start the fifth, a fielder’s choice by Juliana Brown wiped Spinler off at third, but Lauren Bayer reached on an error and Beary hit a line-drive home run to put Albia up 13-1.

    There was no quit in the Rockets as they came up with their own version of long ball. Molly Shafer was hit by a pitch, Aliya Wagamon doubled and Sarah Schutt hit an opposite field home run against Addy Halstead. A deep fly to center ended the inning with Albia commanding a 13-4 lead.

    The Dees regained the 10-run advantage in the sixth when Hoskins walked and Halstead belted an RBI double.

    Eighth grader Grace Pence came on in the bottom of the sixth and struck out three straight to end the game.

    The Dees move to 16-4 on the season and 7-2 in conference play, tied for second with Chariton (6-2/15-4). Both teams are chasing Davis County (5-1/12-4). The Rockets fall to 13-10 overall and 3-4 in conference play.

    The Lady Dees host Davis County Tuesday (tonight) in a game that will go a long way in determining the conference championship. They travel to Keokuk on Wednesday and then compete in the Pella Christian Tournament on Saturday where they will play Twin Cedars (18-1) and Newton (12-10). The team is back home on Monday for another crucial SCC contest against Knoxville, a team they lost to 4-0 at Knoxville.