On a hot and sunny weekend, the A-D-M softball team took the short drive down to Winterset to take part in a weekend tournament Friday, May 25 through Saturday, May 26.
In that weekend tournament the Tigers played three games and came out on top winning two of the three contests. The Tigers opened up with a win over Chariton Friday night, and then followed that up with a win over Van Meter on Saturday before falling to class 4A’s top ranked Winterset.
A-D-M sure started off the tournament strong posting a 12-2 victory over South Central Conference foe Chariton. It was a twelve hit effort that spun across nine separate batters. Three Tiger batters had multi hit games including freshman Brooke Hickey who went two for four while striking for the long ball with one home run. Inside the circle, Abbie Hlas went five strong innings while giving up just two runs and three walks while also dishing out nine strikeouts. The Tigers ended the contest early due to the ten run rule after striking for nine runs through three innings en rout to the 12-2 final.
The Tigers opened up Saturday on a strong note as well taking on West Central Activities Conference foe Van Meter. Just like the Friday contest, the Tigers erupted on the offensive end accounting for 13 runs in the first three innings. The Tigers held a 13-4 lead after three innings and when Van Meter answered with a two run fourth inning, A-D-M officially shut the door with a six run top of the sixth to end the game early by a 19-6 final.
Defensively, Abbie Hlas was once again stellar, posting up nine strikeouts and no walks through six innings of work. On the offensive side, A-D-M poured in 21 hits where all but one batter recorded at least one hit with seven batters recording at least two hits. Hlas was just as dominant behind the plate going 4-6 in the game with a home run an two runs driven in. Sierra Wyant also had a big game with two doubles and two runs driven in. Sophomore Emily Kay, freshman Brooke Hickey, and eighth grader Brynn Busta all posted three hit performances in the contest. The Tigers had three home runs total in the contest from Hlas, Brooke Hickey, and Brynn Busta.
That set up a rematch with the reigning Class 4A champion and current number one Winterset. Despite an early 3-2 lead after three innings, the Tiger offense fell silent while the Winterset offense put up a four run fourth inning, and three runs in both the sixth and seventh innings. That brought the score to a final in favor of the Huskies 12-4. Abbie Hlas and Emily Hlas led the charge for the Tigers, each with a three hit game. Abbie went a perfect three for three with a double and two runs driven in while Emily Hlas also drove in two runs with three total hits in four trips to the plate. Abbie Hlas stood strong against the top ranked team but had her roughest outing of the season giving up 13 hits and ten earned runs while striking out four. The loss to Winterset marked just the first loss of the season for the Tigers.
The Tigers will now head into the new week with a record of 6-1.