Following their second straight doubleheader loss to tenth-ranked Norwalk, the fifth-ranked Dallas Center-Grimes softball team came out and extracted revenge Tuesday night, breaking back into the win column with an 11-0 route over the Harlan Cyclones.
It was a five inning, 12-hit affair for the Fillies who utilized both strong offense and lockdown pitching to capture their 14th team win of the season. The Fillies broke onto the scoreboard in the bottom half of the second inning starting with a Riley Hall single and highlighted by freshman Delaney Kinter striking her second RBI of the season on a single to right field.
“We have a lot of girls who are able to step up and perform well,” said DCG head coach Steve Schlafke earlier this season. “A lot of these girls have some experience so they know how to play at the varsity level.”
While the quick 1-0 lead was nice, it was the bottom half of the third inning that stole the show. That was when the Fillies struck ten hits and drove in ten runs, a performance that effectively shut the game down early. All ten runs by the Fillies were earned and it began with a Nelsen single, one of two hits for the sophomore on the night. Nelsen later made a trip around the base paths and made it back home on Kamryn O’Brien’s second double of the season on a strike to center field. That would be the second of six straight hits for DCG and the train continued on as eighth-grader Aubrey Johansen and senior Molly Cooney also struck RBI doubles, giving them 8 and 11 total for the season respectively. Then stepped up senior Riley Hall, already working with a 4-0 lead and with her tenth single of the 2020 campaign, drove in her eleventh run of the season for a 5-0 DCG advantage.
Kinter struck again for her third RBI of the season, matching junior Morgan Rosenbeck on a sacrifice fly as the pair plated two more runs, giving DCG a 7-0 lead with still more to play in the third. Maria Hendricks picked up her sixth double of the year and was later brought home on what was perhaps the best single-inning performance by Nelsen who added to her already team-leading 12 home runs with a long-shot to center field for a 9-0 DCG lead. Johansen added even more firepower to the offensive surge for DCG, picking up her first home run of the season and plating O’Brien for the 11-0 lead. That eventually transformed into the victory for the Fillies.
Inside the circle, Hall helped out her own cause by tossing just 58 pitches through four and two-thirds innings of work. The senior struck out four batters and produced a three-hit shutout on the night, the sixth time this season Hall has not allowed a run to cross the plate.
The victory gets the Fillies back on the wining track as they get set to battle against Indianola, Winterset, and Oskaloosa to round out the weeks worth of action.