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“The girls played really good softball this week. They are really hitting the ball well and some are truly stepping into their roles as leaders,” said coach Tess Rinehart. “We are still learning a lot as we have a lot of younger athletes playing on the team, but the girls are treating each day as a learning opportunity. It is fun to watch them get better each day. Their record does not show what kind of ball team they are as we have lost a lot of games by one point.”
Week of June 10
In their second week of play, the Raiderettes traveled to Corydon to take on Wayne.
The A team fell by a score of 8-4 and had two singles by Breya Nickle and Aubree Clark who each had one.
Nickle also hit a triple, while Janna Irving recorded one strikeout.
The B team fell 12-0 and had a tough time getting the bat on the ball.
In their next action, they faced East Union on the road.
The A team won 15-0 and were led on the mound by Janna Irving who recorded five strikeouts.
At the plate, Breya Nickle and Jaxy Knight each recorded a hit, while Aubree Reed recorded two.
Jaxy Knight, Kalee Wise and Kiana Paxson each recorded triples while Macy Bowen, Hayden Ruggles and Kalee Wise knocked in runners, Knight and Clark each had two RBIs.
The young teams then traveled to Murray where they fell 7-6 to a tough Lady Mustang team.
Janna Irving recorded three strikeouts while Macy Bowen and Kiana Paxson each had an RBI and Breya Nickle, Aubree Reed and Kalee Wise had doubles.
Nickle also recorded two singles along with Kianna Paxson, while Macy Bowen and Kalee Wise each had a base hit.
The B team also lost, but by a score of 13-12.
Anna Greenland was in the circle for the Raiderettes.
Josie Vanderflught recorded three RBI and Olivia Huntington knocked in two.
Irving, Vanderflught and Reed each had a double while Koda Henle, Reed and Huntington each recorded a base hit.
Against Central Decatur the following day, the A team fell 3-2 with Janna Irving in the circle. Irving recorded four strikeouts.
Breya Nickle and Kaylie Shields each had a base hit, while Aubree Clark hit a double.
Week of June 17
“We have had an opportunity to really build the Mount Ayr softball program as a whole this week. Zoey Larsen joined the team for a few games and provided the team with a different outlook. This allowed Janna to pitch for the B team a few times and allowed for other girls to play other positions,” said coach Rinehart. “The girls learned to adapt quickly to change and they did such a great job buying into Raiderette softball program this week. The girls were able to learn a lot about situational softball and build mental toughness. We are so lucky to have the two high school coaches so involved in our middle school program. This has been a great learning week for the team. Not to mention, we played the best softball that we have played all year. It was a really fun week to be apart of.”
The week began with a contest against Lamoni, in which the young Raiderettes won 7-2.
Zoey Larsen was on the mound, throwing six strikeouts in the contest.
Breya Nickle had three RBI while Mallory Weehler recorded two.
Nickle also had a triple, double and a base hit to round out her game.
Weehler, Kaylie Shields and Hayden Ruggles each had a base hit as well.
In the B team contest, the teams tied at eight runs each.
Janna Irving threw four strikeouts while Josie Vanderflught and Alexis Greenland knocked in two runs each and Mya Sacket and Koda Henle each had one.
Vanderflught also had a triple while Greenland had a double.
Mya Sackett had two singles while Reed, Vanderflught, Henle and Greenland each had one base hit.
On Tuesday, the girls hosted Bedford. The A team won the contest 14-0 with Janna Irving in the circle with one strikeout.
Macy Bowen had four RBI and Kiana Paxson had one.
Kaylie Shields, Macy Bowen and Aubree Clark each had a double and Breya Nickle, Macy Bowen and Kiana Paxson had singles.
The B team had a 9-0 victory over the young Bulldog team.
Aubree Reed threw one strikeout while Josie Vanderflught had two RBI and Greenland had one.
Vanderflught also had a triple and two singles, while Sam Lemmeroy had one triple and Alexis Greenland had one single.