Though the Community R-VI Lady Trojans softball team had a tough schedule to start their season, through three games, the Lady Trojans are 2-1 and are set to host rival Van-Far on Thursday. The Lady Trojans recently hosted Marion County and picked up a dominant 14-2 victory in five innings. The offense scored three or more runs in the first four innings and took advantage of seven Marion County errors.
Emmi Johnson had a two-RBI triple in the third inning and finished the game with five RBIs.
Natalie Thomas had two RBIs and two runs scored; Maddee Gastler added one RBI; Sirrina Dunn had two hits, one RBI, and three runs scored; Taren Clark scored four runs; Deann Brooks scored two runs; Katie Bertels drew three walks and scored one run; and both Emma Angel and Dalaney Bowers scored one run.
Angel was dominant on the mound tossing five innings and allowing just one earned run on one hit with four strikeouts.
“Defense really led the way for us in this game,” said Community R-VI head coach Haley Nobis. “Strong pitching throughout the game by freshman Emma Angel allowed us to settle in defensively and make plays when we needed to. We only committed one error and we didn’t let it effect our game or dig ourselves into a hole we couldn’t get out of. On top of strong defense, we were also selective at the plate when necessary and aggressive when we were given a pitch to hit. I am really excited to see this very young team come together and get behind one another for the remainder of the season and the years to come. This group has an extremely bright future and I cannot wait to see what we get accomplished this year.”
The Lady Trojans also picked up a win in their season opener, 7-6 over Hermann.
Community R-VI scored two runs in the sixth inning to overcome Hermann’s five-run top half of the inning.
Thomas’ RBI single was followed by Clark scoring on a passed ball to put the Lady Trojans ahead for good.
Clark had two hits, one RBI, and one run scored; Brooks had one RBI and two runs scored; Bowers added one RBI and scored one run; while one run was scored each by Angel, Dunn, and Bertels.
Angel tossed six innings and allowed just one earned run on five hits with seven strikeouts and seven walks.
Community R-VI’s lone loss came against EMO powerhouse Bowling Green, 12-0.
The Lady Trojans’ offense had no hits and five errors in the loss.
“Overall, even though the score doesn’t quite show it, our team fought extremely hard,” Nobis said. “I was so proud of my squad for the way they kept their heads up through this game. In the past, I have seen this team get down on themselves and give up, and they did nothing of the sort here.”
Angel tossed four innings and allowed six earned runs on five hits and seven walks. Dunn tossed a scoreless inning in relief and had one strikeout.