Early offense did the trick and captured a postseason win Wednesday night for the Van Meter softball team as they downed conference foe AC/GC by a 10-0 final in five innings.
The Bulldogs strung together 16 hits for the game marking the 22nd time all season that Van Meter softball has earned over ten hits in a single contest. The first five in the lineup for Van Meter recorded multi-hit contests for the game including senior Haley Forret whos three hits in four trips to the plate equated to driving in two runs giving her now 39 RBI’s on the season. The pair of RBI’s from Molly Blomgren rose her total to 31 runs batted in on the season, just two shy of matching the last two years combined for the sophomore. Sister Meagan Blomgren had yet another solid night recording her seventh consecutive game with at least one hit and fourth time in the last seven games with at least a two-hit night. She also recorded her ninth triple of the season which now ranks as the best mark in Class 2A.
All the scoring action for Van Meter started early as the Bulldogs jumped out to a 3-0 advantage following the first inning. One of Forret’s three hits on the night drove in a pair of runs in the fourth inning and brought the Bulldog lead to 5-0. Then, for the second time in the last two games, Van Meter opened up five runs in either the fifth or sixth innings, in Wednesday’s case, a five-run bottom of the fifth. That gave the Bulldogs ten runs and set into effect the ten-run rule to end the game early. En route to their 26 win of the season Van Meter also captured their 17 conference victory of the season as they now advance further on into the postseason.
As for the pitching performance for the Bulldogs, eighth-grader Macy Blomgren was dazzling in her performance as she did not allow a single run nor a single hit all game long through five innings pitched. Blomgren recorded nine strikeouts for the night, one of her season highs so for her first varsity campaign. While a lot of things were working quite well the young pitching phenom said it all came down to one single pitch.
“My rise ball was really working for me today and that was the biggest reason for my game today,” said Blomgren. “It’s a pitch I was able to control the best and since it was working so well with getting hitters off-balance, I went to that a lot tonight and it worked out.”
The young phenom now has 99 strikeouts on the season while opponents are hitting just .201 against her.
Bulldog nation will now see their softball team swap one conference foe for another as they now welcome in Earlham to Melissa Lyon Field on Friday, July 12. First pitch will get the game rolling at 7 p.m.