June 20, 2021

PCM softball downs 3A No. 11 R-S, falls to 1A No. 6 Wayne

MONROE — One night after an 11-1, five-inning loss, PCM’s softball team rebounded, grabbed an early lead and pulled away from Class 3A No. 7 Roland-Story at home on Wednesday.

The 10-5 win moved PCM into a tie with R-S and Saydel atop the Heart of Iowa Conference standings. It also dropped the Lady Norse down four spots to No. 11 in the 3A rankings.

“I was really proud of how the girls played tonight. They seemed to really respond from Tuesday night, were up all night and played with intensity and had some fun,” PCM softball coach Shaun Hudnut said. “Sometimes, you can forget that it’s a game and it’s supposed to be fun. I really loved their response and how they played for each other tonight.”

PCM (6-7 overall, 4-1 in the HOIC) led 3-1 after one and 5-1 after two before Roland-Story (8-2, 4-1) closed the gap with a three-run third.

The Mustangs tacked on a run in the fourth and then pulled away for good with a four-run sixth. PCM and R-S each had nine hits, but the Lady Norse committed five errors.

Belle Hudnut tallied two hits, two runs, four RBIs and one walk and RaeAnn Duinink also had two hits, two RBIs and two steals.

“Belle had four productive at-bats for us in big spots and RaeAnn came up with a huge two-RBI single in the sixth to add a couple more insurance runs.”

In the three-run first inning, Riley Johannes was hit by a pitch with two outs and then Joslin Briles reached on an error. An RBI single by Belle Hudnut put PCM on the board and then Paige Steenhoek scored two more with a two-run single.

In the two-run second, Sidney Shaver began the rally when she was hit by a pitch with two outs. Lark Drake and Johannes followed with back-to-back singles and Briles walked with the bases loaded to score Shaver.

Belle Hudnut’s infield RBI single to the left side scored Drake to put the Mustangs in front 5-1.

In the fourth, Johannes reached on an error, took third on a fly ball to right field by Briles and then scored on Belle Hudnut’s RBI sacrifice bunt.

The four-run sixth started with a Shaver single and then Drake reached on an error. Back-to-back walks by Briles and Belle Hudnut scored Shaver and then an RBI single by Riley DeVore made it 8-4.

Duinink’s two-run single on a ground ball to left scored Belle Hudnut and courtesy runner Eliana Buswell to cap the Mustangs’ scoring.

Seven PCM players contributed the nine hits. Shaver had one hit, one walk, one hit by pitch, two runs and one steal, Johannes tallied one hit, two runs and one hit by pitch and Steenhoek chipped in one hit and two RBIs.

Briles walked twice, scored twice and had one RBI, DeVore finished with one hit and one RBI, Drake added one hit and one run and Buswell scored a run.

Steenhoek (5-2) tossed all seven innings in the circle, allowing five earned runs on nine hits with two strikeouts and four walks.

“Paige battled in the circle all night,” Coach Hudnut said. “She put pitches in good spots and our girls behind her made plays all around the field. Eight different girls recorded putouts tonight.”

Class 1A No. 6 Wayne 8, PCM 0

CORYDON — The Mustangs were held to just one hit and Class 1A No. 6 Wayne scored early and often during an 8-0 home win on Thursday.

Wayne (7-4) won the non-conference game after scoring two in the first, three in the second and two in the fifth. It also had a single run in the fourth.

Johannes got the Mustangs’ only hit in the game.

“We definitely had our hands full with Sterling Brendt tonight,” Coach Hudnut said. “She is a talented pitcher and we had some difficulty catching up to her speed. It’s definitely something we can use experience-wise to improve ourselves.”

The Mustangs committed three errors in the field. That’s why only five of the eight runs against DeVore were earned.

DeVore (1-2) took the loss in the circle after allowing 13 hits with one strikeout, three walks and one hit batter in six innings.

“Riley DeVore had a solid start for us as we took the night to rest Paige,” Coach Hudnut said. “She located pitches and gave us an opportunity to make plays.”