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Softball 6/3/2021 VS Algona

The Southeast Valley and Algona softball teams put on one entertaining show Thursday night in Harcourt. The Bulldogs came into town with a record of two wins and one loss on their season against the Jags who held a record of three wins and five losses. After seven close innings of play, the Jaguars would be the winners on the scoreboard by a score of 3-2. 


Stellar pitching would be the key to Southeast Valley’s successful outing. Sophomore Maddie Vansickle would throw a complete game facing 29 Bulldog batters and adding six more to her total strikeouts on the season. Vansickle proved to be dominant in the circle, not just by striking out her opponents, but forcing them to hit into her defense for routine plays. 


In the batter’s box, it would be more of a “quiet” night for the Jags as they recorded just three hits on the nights. The offense would take advantage of the walks given to them from Algona’s pitching staff and steal three bases to get runners into scoring position. The first run of the night came in the second inning off the hot bat of senior first baseman Olivia Tenuta. Tenuta’s second inning double would score fellow senior Chloe Hicks from second. Hicks reached prior on a bobbled bunt down the third base line. 


The Jags would go to work in the sixth inning scoring two more. Pitcher Maddie Vansickle would reach base after firing a single down the left field line. Eighth grader Lauren Eslick would come in to run and steal second to put herself into scoring position. Eslick would advance to third on a hit to the second baseman and that brought senior second baseman Emily Hemmestead to the plate. Hemmestead went down quietly in her first two appearances, but she saved the best for last! Emily Hemmestead had a round trip ticket ready at the plate and took advantage.. Algona’s right fielder showed tremendous effort going after Hemmestead’s short fly ball, but effort wouldn’t be enough. She would somersault over the ball as Hemmestead rounded first taking not one, not two, but three extra bases as the Bulldog defense threw the ball around. Hemmestead would score Eslick from third and herself for the final score of the inning. 


Southeast Valley’s defense felt pressure in the top of the seventh as the Bulldogs would score one, but they held strong to finish the game. 


The Jags finish their busy week of games at Manson for a JV/Varsity match up starting at 5:30.

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