Both Van Meter baseball and softball teams were in action Tuesday night with a road trip to battle it out in conference play with Madrid.
Both squads picked up wins against their respective Madrid opponents in the first go round but Tuesday night, only the Bulldog softball team came away with a season series sweep. Van Meter softball cruised to an easy 13-6 win while Van Meter baseball fell in a nine inning thriller 5-4.
In the baseball game a normally potent Van Meter offense was limited to just a handful of hits against Madrid. The Tigers would have the Bulldogs numbers from the start as they began the game with a 2-0 lead after one inning of play. From there a back and forth battle ensued with Madrid pulling a 4-2 lead after four innings followed by a two run sixth from Van Meter to tie the game up once again at 4-4. That score remained deadlocked through seven innings of play and it took extra innings to decide the victor. Unfortunately for the Bulldogs, the victor would be Madrid who used a ninth inning rally to plate the game winner. Brett Berg would cross the plate twice for the Bulldogs offensively. On the mound Cody Coffman picked up the loss after four innings of work with just one run allowed. Coffman also put in a four strikeout effort. The Bulldog baseball team now rests with a record of 12-3.
On the softball diamond, four straight innings of scoring gave the Bulldog softball team a sizable early lead in which they never looked back from. Van Meter pushed across four runs in the first, one in the second, four more in the third inning, and connected on three more runs in the fourth. That put Van Meter up comfortably 12-1 through four innings. Despite a two run scare in the fifth, the Bulldogs answered with four of their own in the seventh, officially sealing the 16-3 win.
The Bulldogs collected 19 hits for the game with a number of standout performances. Junior Haley Forret went unblemished in her night at the plate going 5-5 with one home run and five total runs driven in. Meagan Blomgren and Lilly Thompson both brought in three runs each after going 4-6 and 2-4 respectively. Haley Forret had a smooth performance overall after allowing just three runs to cross the plate on five hits while striking out three batters in the process. The Bulldog softball team now raises their record to 15-3.