For the ninth time this season, the Dallas Center-Grimes softball team gave the hometown fans a lot to cheer about, producing a 2-0 win over non-conference foe Boone Thursday night at home.
Within the confines of DCG stadium, senior hurler Lani Gannon halted a fairly productive Boone offense averaging just over seven runs per contest without a chance to cross the plate. Meanwhile, fireworks were had on the offensive side as well with seven total hits on the night. It was the third and fourth innings that saw the only scoring action for the game. In the third inning, Maria Hendricks ignited the offense striking her third double of the season to left field. Kamryn O’Brien rounded out the offensive production with a very productive at-bat, helping to plate one runner on a ground out, her seventh RBI of the season.
After Gannon mowed down the Boone lineup in order across the top of the fourth, the offense came out strong to begin their half of the inning. Incoming freshman Aubrey Johansen singled to center field to begin the offense for the Fillies. Following two outs, Hannah Rauschenberg produced her second RBI and first double of the season to plate one more run and give DCG a 2-0 lead.
Just four batters found a way on to the base-paths the rest of the game under Gannon’s watch for Boone. The senior gave up just five hits total in the outing while striking out five and walking just one batter. Gannon’s record now improves to 7-1 as the Fillies themselves improve to a 13-5 record on the season. DCG also boosted their non-conference record to 4-1 on the year.
Offensively on the night, the Fillies struck seven hits across five different batters. Highlighting the night were Elle Nelsen and Aubrey Johansen, both of whom captured a pair of hits on the night. O’Brien and Rauschenberg were the two DCG batters credited with driving in a run each on the night, their seventh and fifth RBI’s of the season respectively.
Up next for the newly minted 13 win Fillies will be a rematch with Norwalk on Monday, July 6 in a doubleheader battle at Norwalk Middle School. Game one of the two-game battle will commence at 5:30 p.m.