Claire Adkins, Shenandoah

Shenandoah junior Claire Adkins takes a warm-up swing as part of her three-hit game during a win over Red Oak, Wednesday, July 10.

SHENANDOAH – The Shenandoah Fillies opened the Class 3A Region 8 Tournament with a resounding 12-2 win over Red Oak, Wednesday, July 10.

The game was called in the fifth inning due to the run-rule.

The win advanced the Fillies to a regional semifinal, Friday, July 12 at number 12 North Polk.

Shenandoah took command early with a 10-run first inning. Delanie Voshell and Claire Adkins reached on errors to start the inning and then the middle of the order produced four straight hits. Logan Hughes drove in one with a single, Alexis McGinnis brought in two with a single, Natalie Gilbert singled and then Courtnee Griffin tripled in a run. Sara Morales followed with an RBI groundout, and then Sidda Rodewald started the bats again with a double. Cayley Lorimor sacrificed Rodewald to third, and then Voshell singled in a run. Adkins followed with a single, and then Hughes singled in two and McGinnis doubled in one. A groundout finally ended the inning, but not before the Fillies had 10 runs on nine hits, three for extra bases.

“We have been preaching all season about hitting the ball hard and putting pressure on the defense,” Shenandoah coach Aaron Burdorf said. “The top two in the lineup hit the ball and they had errors. That got us into the middle of the order and we started hitting the ball hard. It was a lot of fun.”

Shenandoah scored just two runs the rest of the way, and both were scored by Adkins, who hit second in the order for the first time all season because Nichole Gilbert was out of the lineup because of illness.

Adkins tripled and scored on a sacrifice fly from Hughes in the third. Adkins doubled in the fifth, and scored the winning run on Hughes’ RBI single.

Adkins ended the game with three hits, including a triple, a double, and four runs scored. Hughes also had three hits to go with six RBIs. McGinnis and Rodewald, who played second base for the first time this season with Gilbert out of the lineup, ended with two hits each.

Voshell gave up the two runs in the circle, one in the fourth and one in the fifth. She pitched with added pressure knowing Gilbert wasn’t available if she got into trouble, and did well. She scattered four hits and gave up the two earned runs while walking one and striking out five.

“We talked during batting practice and as a team about Nichole not being available,” said Burdorf, “and I challenged Delanie to pitch her best game. She smiled at me and said she was going to and she did.”

Shenandoah improved to 21-12 and now plays an unfamiliar state-ranked foe in a regional semifinal.

“No one expects us to do anything,” said Burdorf, “so we play free and loose and have a little fun. We need to show up on Friday, put the ball in play and you never know what’s going to happen.”

Red Oak’s season ended at 10-20. Kamryn Buntrock and Chloe Johnson reached base twice for the Tigers with Buntrock doubling and scoring in the fourth.

Several pictures from the game can be found at valleynewstoday.com.

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