6/12 Softball vs. PAC
The Southeast Valley softball team suffered a heartbreaking loss in Harcourt on Monday night. The Jags fell to the Indians from Pocahontas Area Community by a score of 9-11. This marks the first loss in conference play for the Jaguars who now hold an overall record of 6-5.
The Jags would find themselves with their backs against the wall right away in the first inning when the Indians put two on the board in the first and three in the second inning. The Jags had an answer for those. Junior shortstop Ellie Nolte would plate the first run herself, barreling up a homerun over the left field fence. In the second inning, sophomore infielder Chloe Lambert would hit a homer herself plating herself and Rowley who reached on a double to the left-center gap.
The Jaguar defense would hold strong in the third inning, keeping the PAC offensive threat at bay without allowing any runs. On the offensive end, the Jags added one more in the third following a pair of singles from Kenna Scott and Jordyn Rowley.
The Jags never quit fighting and that fight was evident in the sixth and seventh innings. The Jags added three runs to their score, knockin on the door of the Indians and cutting into their lead. Alex Kitchen got things rolling with a leadoff single, advancing to second on a Leilah Olson single, and advancing to third on a passed ball by the Indian catcher. With Kitchen and Eslick on board following a walk, Kenna Scott singled up the middle to plate Kitchen. Ellie Nolte stepped up to the plate and roped a double that bounced off the left field wall to score Eslick from third and advance Scott and herself into scoring position, but the two would be stranded on the base paths.
In the seventh, Kitchen again got the party started with a lead off single in the 5-6 hole followed by a stolen base. Leilah Olson would get a single of her own, advancing Kitchen to third. Sophomore Anna Correll came in to run for Olson and stole second base to put two into scoring position for the Jags. Lauren Eslick laid down a SAC bunt to score Kitchen and Kenna Scott plated Correll which would end up being the final run for the Jags in the contest.
The pitching duo of Chloe Lambert and Maddi Vansickle battled against a tough Poky offense, but came up short on the night. Lambert took the loss on the mound despite giving up just three earned runs. Combined, the two pitchers struck out seven and only walked two.
The Jags looks to bounce back on Tuesday night in Eagle Grove for a JV and Varsity contest.