Three of the area’s small schools had softball games on Monday night. The area went 2-1 with both Cardinal and Van Buren County picking up wins.
Clutch Cardinal clips Central Lee
ELDON — A three-run top of the seventh inning gave Central Lee a 5-3 lead over Cardinal going into the Comets’ final at-bat, but the Comets rallied back with three in the bottom of the seventh to score a thrilling 6-5 victory.
Alexia McClure drove in two runs to tie the game at 5-5. Ella Thompson delivered the walk-off single in her first at-bat of the game after coming in to play left field, scoring McClure and giving Cardinal their third-straight victory.
McClure finished the night 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Ava Ferrell, Riley Beras and Thompson all drove in one run. Cailtyn Reber was 2-for-3 with a triple.
Kassidy Verrips picked up a complete-game win in the circle. She gave up five earned runs on nine this and five walks, while striking out seven batters.
VBC crunches Centerville
CENTERVILLE — Van Buren County used a master pitching performance from Chelsey Huff to knock off Centerville 5-1 in game one of a nonconference doubleheader, and then rolled past the Big Reds 15-1(5) in Game 2.
Lexi Jirak broke the school’s stolen bases record in Game 2 of the sweep, stealing the 36th base of her career. Aly Campbell gave up just three hits in the Game 2 thumping.
The Warriors scored the first five runs of Game 1, taking a 5-0 lead into the bottom of the seventh before Centerville could score once. They followed that with 15 runs in their first five at bats in Game 2, allowing just one run in the Big Red fifth.
MONTEZUMA — Keota (0-10) lost 12-0 at Montezuma (8-6) in this South Iowa Cedar League game.
Katelyn Swantz led the way at the plate for Keota with two hits in two at bats. Mackenzie Jackson, Jaime Schulte and Macie McDonald each had a hit.
McDonald and Alexia Purkeypile each pitched two inning and combined to allow five hits and three earned runs with nine walks and a strikeout.