COUNCIL BLUFFS – It was two very different softball contests, but the Shenandoah Fillies earned two wins, Friday, June 7 at St. Albert.
The Fillies scored 16 runs in the final two innings and Nichole Gilbert held the Saintes to two hits in an 18-1 Shenandoah win in the opening game of the doubleheader.
St. Albert had the winning run on third with one out in the bottom of the seventh in the nightcap, but Delanie Voshell got a groundball and a strikeout and the Fillies bats scored three in the eighth for a 10-7 win.
Shenandoah led 7-6 going into the bottom of the seventh of the second game when Voshell issued a leadoff walk. After a groundout she issued another walk before Sarah Egglerling’s single tied the game. Shenandoah coach Aaron Burdorf then gave Olivia Barnes an intentional free pass to load the bases with one out. Voshell got a groundball to Cayley Lorimor at third base. She threw home to get the lead runner. A strikeout of Lainey Sheffield, who had doubled earlier in the game, followed to force extra innings.
Sidda Rodewald walked, and was sacrificed to second to open the eighth. Voshell and Gilbert both reached on fielder’s choices without an out, allowing Rodewald to score. Logan Hughes was walked intentionally to load the bases with one out. Alexis McGinnis came through with a two-run single to make it 10-7.
Voshell allowed two straight singles to start the home eighth, but retired the next three without giving up a run, securing the win for the Fillies.
Shenandoah scored four runs in the first inning with Courtnee Griffin driving in two with a single. Sara Morales also drove in a run and another scored on a passed ball.
Claire Adkins, Gilbert and Hughes had RBI singles in the third, fourth and sixth frames to score the other Shenandoah runs.
All nine starters had a hit for the Fillies with Voshell and Morales finishing with two.
Gilbert shut down the St. Albert bats in the opener. She had a no-hitter until a Mallory Daley single with one out in the fifth. Maddy Horvath doubled two batters later for St. Albert’s only run.
Gilbert struck out five and gave up just the two hits and one earned run while walking one in the six inning complete game.
Shenandoah’s bats took some time to get going. Natalie Gilbert singled and then scored on an error in the second inning. Lorimor walked and came around to score on an error in the third.
The Shenandoah bats figured out Jessica McMartin in the fifth inning in extending the lead from 2-0 to 8-0. Voshell and Nichole Gilbert walked to start the inning, and then Hughes doubled in a run. Morales followed with a bunt single that scored Gilbert. Singles by Griffin, Natalie Gilbert and McGinnis followed, plating two more runs. Lorimor added an RBI single later in the inning for the final run.
After St. Albert’s run in the home fifth, Shenandoah scored 10 in the sixth. The Fillies sent 15 to the plate in the inning with nine different players reaching base. Griffin, Natalie Gilbert, Rodewald, Voshell, Nichole Gilbert and Brooklen Black all had RBI hits.
Shenandoah finished the game with 17 hits. McGinnis, Natalie Gilbert and Griffin led the Fillies with three hits each.
The wins moved Shenandoah’s record to 6-5 overall and 3-5 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
The Saintes fell to 1-10 overall and 1-6 in the conference with the losses.