PELLA — A back-and-forth Little Hawkeye Conference softball game between Newton and Pella went to the Lady Dutch on Friday night.
Pella trailed by four runs heading into the seventh inning but plated five in its final at-bat to down the Cardinals 11-10.
“There’s not a lot to say,” Newton softball coach Kory Leiker said. “We had a lead in the seventh and lost. We just found out why it’ never over until the last out.”
The Cardinals scored 10 runs on just five hits but walked 11 times. Unfortunately, eight errors plagued Newton against Pella, which finished with 11 hits and six errors.
Pella (5-3 overall, 1-2 in the LHC) scored one in the first and two in the third to lead 3-0 after three.
The Cardinals (4-4, 1-2) tied the game with a three-run fourth and went ahead with a six-run fifth and a single run in the sixth. The Dutch also scored three times in those two frames.
Hailey Sumpter had two of the team’s five hits. She also drove in two runs and walked once.
Jaz Cooper, Chloe Swank and Sloan Brodersen had the other hits. Brodersen also walked twice and scored two runs, Swank added one run, one RBI and two walks and Cooper scored one run, drove in another and walked once.
Mackynna Sims walked twice and scored two runs, Vanessa Vasseau tallied one walk and two runs and Katelyn Lambert walked once and stole one base before leaving the game with an injury.
Taylor Lust added one walk and one RBI, Grace Benson stole one base and Kadance Ahn and Paige Benson each scored one run.
Kallie Van Kley and Sumpter each pitched 3 1/3 innings.
Van Kley pitched the first 2 2/3 innings. Sumpter was in the circle until the first three batters reached in the seventh. Van Kley returned to pitch but only got two outs before Pella scored the walk-off win.
Van Kley took the loss after allowing five runs — none earned — on three hits with one strikeout and two walks.
Sumpter allowed six runs — five earned — on seven hits with two strikeouts and one hit batter.
The Lady Dutch got two hits, two runs and two RBIs from Tori Van Vark. Ella Corbin added two hits and two RBIs and Kylie Tauke recorded two hits and two runs.
Cardinals win twice at Oskaloosa tournament
OSKALOOSA — A quick start got Newton in front early and then the Cardinals held off a late surge from Lynnville-Sully at the Oskaloosa tournament on Saturday.
The Cardinals scored three runs in the first, fourth and fifth innings and the Hawks fell short despite a five-run fifth during a 10-7 Newton win.
Newton cranked out 12 hits but committed seven errors to allow the Hawks to stay close.
The Cardinals also scored a 7-5 victory over Eddyville-Blakesburg-Fremont, which recently dropped out of the Class 3A rankings.
“We got a couple of much-needed wins today,” Leiker said. “When you experience a loss of that magnitude you can either fold or bounce back and show what kind of team you are. We still have a lot of work to do though.”
Brodersen and Sims led the Cardinals (4-4) against the Hawks. Brodersen, who is batting .417, tallied two hits, two runs, one walk and one steal and Sims added two hits, two runs, one RBI and one steal.
Paige Benson finished with two hits, one double, two runs and one walk, Cooper finished with two hits and two RBIs and Swank doubled and had three RBIs. Swank is now leading the Cardinals with nine RBIs.
Vasseau walked once, was hit by one pitch, scored two runs and stole two bases. She now has a team-best 11 runs. Lust finished with one hit and one walk, Madison Henwood had one hit and one steal and Van Kley walked once and collected two RBIs.
Grace Benson scored two runs and stole two bases as a courtesy runner, Ava Williams collected her first varsity hit and Ahn stole one base.
Van Kley (3-3) earned the win in the circle, allowing seven runs — one earned — on three hits with six strikeouts and three walks.
Against EBF (6-5), Newton scored twice in the first to take a lead, but the Rockets rallied to tie it after three.
The Cardinals plated three in the fourth and two in the sixth to win by two despite being out-hit 12-9.
Sims led the Newton offense with three hits, one double, two runs, two RBIs, one walk and one steal.
Sumpter recorded two hits, one double and two RBIs. The other hits came from Brodersen, Swank, Ahn and Henwood.
The Cardinals registered nine hits and four doubles in the win.
Brodersen and Ahn both doubled, Brodersen scored one run and had two RBIs and Ahn walked once.
Swank had one RBI and was hit by one pitch, Henwood finished with one hit and one walk and Vasseau walked twice and scored two runs.
Sumpter (1-1) allowed five earned runs on 12 hits with one strikeout in seven innings.
Whitney Klyn homered for EBF and Aliya Wagamon hit two doubles and scored twice.