HARLAN – The Shenandoah Fillies scored only two runs in losing twice at Harlan 5-0 and 5-2, Thursday, June 20.
The two Cyclone wins coupled with Glenwood’s doubleheader sweep of Atlantic moved the Cyclones into the lead in the Hawkeye 10 Conference standings.
Harlan scored all five of its runs in the third inning of the opening game. Kate Heithoff doubled with one out against Shenandoah pitcher Delanie Voshell to start the rally. Aurora Miller walked and then Morgan Schaben smashed a three-run home run to right center to give Harlan the lead. Voshell then walked Madison Schumacher. She moved to second on a passed ball and scored on Julia Schechinger’s double. Madison Kjergaard added an RBI single to make it 5-0.
Harlan had at least one runner on base in each of the other five innings, but Voshell kept the Cyclones from additional runs. She gave up seven hits, seven walks and five earned runs while striking out six.
Schaben also sparkled in the circle for the Cyclones, striking out 14. The Fillies didn’t have a hit until Voshell’s two-out single in the sixth. Alexis McGinnis, who had walked in the second inning, singled in the seventh. Those were the only three times the Fillies reach base all game.
Harlan jumped in front in the opening inning of the nightcap against Fillies pitcher Nichole Gilbert. Schaben singled with two outs and came around to score on a double by Schumacher.
Shenandoah took the lead in the third inning against Harlan pitcher Tianna Kasperbauer. Claire Adkins opened the inning with a single, and then Cayley Lorimor added a bunt single. A groundout moved both runners up a base, and then both scored on Gilbert’s single. Hughes singled Gilbert to second, but Kasperbauer was able to retire the next two to end the threat.
Gilbert had a hit in the first inning and Natalie Gilbert singled to lead off the fourth, but that was it for the Fillies as Kasperbauer retired the final 12 that she faced.
Harlan tied the game in the home third on a double by Schaben.
It stayed tied until the fifth when Jordan Heese singled in two with two outs. A double by Heithoff produced Harlan’s final run in the sixth inning.
Nichole Gilbert gave up 10 hits, one walk and five earned runs without recording a strikeout in the circle for Shenandoah.
The losses drop Shenandoah to 13-9 overall and 7-7 in the Hawkeye 10 Conference.
Harlan improved to 19-5 overall and 13-1 in the conference.