Caleb Riordan | Ameritime Sports Writer
The Ste. The Genevieve Dragons Varsity Softball Team lost to the Potosi Lady Trojans, but bounced back with a big win over the Arcadia Valley Lady Tigers.
The Dragons came into Tuesday’s game against Potosi off of two huge blowout wins in a double-header against Bismarck. Ste. Gen scored 41 total runs between the two games and looked to carry some of that momentum forward.
Potosi scored the first run of the game in the first inning. The Dragons then quickly answered when Brittney Kreitler hit an RBI single that scored Isabel Basler. Unfortunately for Ste. Gen, their bats fell quiet. That was the only run they managed to score throughout the game.
Potosi continued to pile runs on top of their lead. They scored two in both the second and third innings to extend their lead to 5-1. The Trojans capped off the game with two final runs in the sixth. They beat the Dragons 7-1.
Kreitler led the team with two hits. She was 2-3 at the plate with one RBI. Morgan Schwent was the only other Dragon to pick up a hit. She was 1-3.
Faith Lincoln started the game in the circle and almost went the distance. She threw 91 pitches through six innings, allowed seven runs on nine hits and struck out three batters. Only three of Lincoln’s runs were earned. The Dragons fell victim to their own mistakes and committed three costly errors. Autumn Basler pitched the final inning in relief. She threw 13 pitches and came up with one strikeout.
After previously exploding against Bismarck, the Dragons made it their mission to get their bats back on track against Arcadia Valley on Wednesday.
It didn’t take long for Ste. Gen to top their previous performance. They held a 2-0 lead after two innings, but it wasn’t until the third that the real damage was done.
Schwent started the third inning with an RBI single that scored Isabel Basler. The next at-bat, Kreitler crushed a two-run home run that extended the Dragons’ lead to 5-0. The rally didn’t stop there. Brynna Wehner scored another run when Hope Schmelzle was hit by a pitch. Mia Schweigert immediately followed that with an RBI single.
Then, Chloe Walker drove a ball into centerfield and found her way back to home plate for an inside the park home run. That put the Dragons up 9-0. Ste. Gen scored four more runs in the inning before the Tigers were able to get the final out. They left the third ahead 13-0.
Arcadia Valley did manage to get on the board with two runs in the bottom of the fourth. Ste. Gen added three more runs in the top of the fifth and put the finishing touches on the 16-2 blowout win that moved their record to 4-3.
Kreitler once again led the team in hits. She was 3-4 at the plate with three runs scored and four RBIs. Schwent, Bailey Deck and Walker all had two hits. Walker had three RBIs and scored a run. Deck and Schwent each had one RBI while the Dragons outhit the Tigers 13-2.
Autumn Basler started the game for Ste. Gen. She threw 75 pitches in three and two-thirds innings, allowed two runs and struck out four batters. Lincoln pitched an inning in relief.
Aside from the outlier against Potosi, Ste. Gen has scored runs at a very high level throughout the season thus far. They have scored ten or more in four of their seven games. The Dragons will look to build off of their most recent victory on Monday, April 5th against Valle Catholic.