Another game in the books and another check-mark in the win column for the Van Meter softball team. The Bulldogs were on the road as they battled it out with conference foe Panorama and in the end, walked away with an 18-5 victory.
The game held plenty of offense for the Bulldogs who collected 13 total hits comprised of eleven singles, one double, and the team’s third home run of the season. Van Meter scored in all but two innings but the biggest highlight of the night had to be the 14-run sixth that blew the game wide open for the win. It marked the largest single-inning scoring mark for Van Meter softball in over five years and added onto what was already a strong offensive night for the Bulldogs.
An early 2-0 lead following the first inning blossomed into a five-run advantage following five innings of play. Van Meter held the host Panther offense at bay for most of the game but they still managed to grace the scoreboard, tacking on their first three runs in the bottom half of the fifth inning to cut the Bulldog lead 6-3. Following that, the offensive flood gates burst open for the Bulldogs in that 14-run top of the sixth. Panorama answered with two in the bottom half of the sixth but it wasn’t nearly enough to overcome Van Meter’s offense as the Bulldogs walked away with their 11th win of the season.
In total, seven Van Meter batters recorded at least one hit on the night. For yet another contest, the offensive conversation was dominated by sophomore Shea Rhodes who went a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate Monday night. That included three singles and her first double of the 2020 campaign as she totaled four runs driven in for the contest. The win also housed a strong offensive night from junior Molly Blomgren who went 2-for-4 with a single, a walk, and her second home run of the season. Blomgren was credited with driving in three of Van Meter’s 18 runs on the night.
Also adding to the big night was fellow junior Lilly Thompson with two hits and two RBI while freshman Macy Blomgren also recorded an RBI on a pair of hits. Blomgren helped out her own cause inside the circle tossing five innings of work and striking out five while allowing just six hits and three earned runs for the contest.
With the win, the Bulldogs improve their overall record to 11-7 as they head into the new week. Next up on the docket for Van Meter will be another strong test as they will welcome in tenth-ranked Earlham for a rematch of an earlier battle in which the Cardinals bested the Bulldogs. First pitch from Van Meter will commence at 5:30 p.m.