Summer sports have finally arrived for the Hawks of Lynnville-Sully. Following the strong showing by the Hawks’ track teams at state that brought the spring season to terrific close, the softball and baseball teams took the field for the first time this season on Monday.
The L-S softball team got its season off to a fantastic start by winning a very tight game against North Mahaska, 1-0. The Hawks picked up eight hits and four stolen bases, but were only able to capitalize on one opportunity. Luckily for them, that was all they needed.
“It was a good first outing tonight against good competition,” Lynnville-Sully coach Stacey Alberts said. “We certainly had opportunities to score, which we didn’t capitalize on, but we will improve. I was pleased with our plate execution and the way our whole team was able to put the ball in play.”
The team must replace six seniors graduated from last year’s team, but it has its best player returning in Madison Rasmusson, who looks to dominate the circle this season
The star for the Hawks was starting pitcher sophomore Madison Rasmusson. Rasmusson went all seven innings, and she struck out 10 batters while only giving up three hits and allowing no walks. To enhance her performance even further, Rasmusson batted leadoff for the Hawks and scooped up two hits in her four at-bats. She also was able to take her track skills to the diamond, stealing two bases.
“Madison and Becca Vos managed batters well and defensively we made some plays including Riley Rockwell going into the fence in right to secure an out,” Alberts said.
Rasmusson will look to continue her torrid pace from last season, when she was the team’s most versatile player as a freshman. She pitched more than 150 of the team’s innings last year with a 1.16 ERA. She also picked up 112 strikeouts while only walking 22. Rasmusson also led the team in the batter’s box in terms of runs scored (37), hits, (54) stolen bases (28), on-base percentage (.573), slugging percentage (.673) and batting average (.535).
Junior Rachel Van Wyk picked up the lone RBI for the Hawks, doing her job as the designated hitter on Monday. However, she did not get a hit as she went 0-for-3. Van Wyk only played in nine varsity games last season, amounting to just five at-bats.
Junior Jade Van Rees scored the run for Lynnville-Sully. She also picked up one hit in three at-bats. Van Rees had four hits in 12 at-bats last season.
The remainder of the offense came on hits by eighth grader Brenna Lanser, who started in center, sophomore Shelby Davis at shortstop, sophomore Lasandra James at third and junior Shaylin Lukehart at first.
The next game for the Hawks will be on Wednesday in the home opener with BGM.