Indians hit well at two-day George-Little Rock Tourney
LITTLE ROCK — The Spirit Lake softball team split a pair of games decided by one-run on Friday at the George-Little Rock Tournament–winning 8-7 over West Lyon and losing 7-6 to LeMars.
On Saturday, the Indians followed with a tough eight-inning loss to Dickinson County rival Okoboji, 9-5, before ending the tourney with a 12-2, five-inning win over George-Little Rock.
“Overall this weekend, the two bright spots were how well we hit the ball up and down the lineup and how well Mary (Brown) and Caila (Jones) performed this weekend,” said Spirit Lake coach Joleen Brown. “Mary and Caila threw 14 innings on Friday and came back on Saturday and threw 13 innings in back-to-back games. That is extremely difficult to do. It was great for them to keep us in each ball game and only allowed five walks during those 27 innings.”
In Friday’s win over West Lyon, Mary Brown had six strikeout and one walk in the win.
Spirit Lake started off with a six-run first inning, but still needed the extra inning.
“Our defense was inconsistent during the game however we made some tough plays at the end of the game to secure the win,” said coach Brown.
At the plate, Koi Heidebrink was 2-4 with a double and an RBI.
Megan Ingvall was 1-3 with three RBIs and Leah Hilpipre was 1-3 with a double, two RBIs and the sacrifice fly that drove in the winning run.
Briana Brunsvold had a double.
Against LeMars, Brown struck out four batters and walked two.
The Indians out-hit the bulldogs 10-8. Megan Ingvall was 3-3 with a double, Kaisha Brown was 3-4 with an RBI, Caila Jones wa 2-4 with a double and Kori Heidebrink was 1-4 with three RBIs.
Against Okoboji, Spirit Lake tied the game with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Pioneers scored four in the eighth.
Brown took the loss. She had nine strikeouts and one walk.
At the plate, Kylie Ingvall was 2-3 with a double and an RBI, Megan Ingvall and Jones were both 2-4 with a double, Mary Brown and Brunsvold each had a hit and an RBI. Heidebrink also had an RBI.
“I was very pleased with how we adjusted at the plate, the coach said. “Our hitter were more patient at the plate as the game progressed and started finding good pitches to drive hard.“
Taking on George-Little Rock, Spirit Lake out-hit the hosts 15-3.
Brown said Megan Ingvall was robbed of a grand slam at the left-field fence in the third inning.
Mary Brown earn the win as she struck out seven and walked one.
At the plate, Jones was 3-3 with a double and an RBI, Megan Ingvall was 2-4 with a double and three RBIs, Mary Brown was 2-3 with an RBI, Heidebrink and Ingvall each had a hit and an RBI.
“It was exciting to have all of our players get at least one hit during this game,” said coach Brown. “I was also please with how well we bounced back after we lost to Okoboji.”