The Dallas Center-Grimes softball team broke out of their loosing skid by picking up a pair of much needed wins during the weekend tournament in Marion.


The Fillies took on four games that spread out across Friday, June 22 and Saturday, June 23. Fridays slate of games unfortunately did not yeild a win, falling to Fort Dodge 9-0 and Linn-Mar 2-0. Unfortunate losses but in the grand scheme of things, head coach Steve Schlafke mentioned how instrumental those games were.


“Having a schedule that we do with the team that we have it really is beneficial to play these tougher teams,” began Schlafke. “With such a young roster it’s good for them to face teams that may be better to see what they do right and what they do wrong. It makes our team better and it’s a great learning tool for these young athletes.”


Of course. the weekend was not lost as the Fillies broke their 11 game loosing streak with a 13-2 rout over Mid-Prairie Wellman and a 7-6 extra inning walk off against Mount Vernon.


The game against Mid-Prairie came with a boat load of offense for the Fillies who broke out a season game high 14 hits. Nine batters recorded at least one hit in the game, seven of which took home at least one RBI. Molly Cooney went unblemished at the plate with three straight hits while freshman Maria Hendricks knocked in two hits which included a pair of doubles. The pitching pair of Riley Hall and Lani Gannon combined for five solid innings, three hits allowed, and seven strikeouts.


Following that impressive win, Dallas Center-Grimes traded blows with Mount Vernon in an overtime thriller. After DC-G held a 2-0 advantage through four innings, Mount Vernon answered back to tie the game up in the fith. Both teams traded two runs in the seventh to send the game into extra innings but even then both teams traded a run in the eighth. Finally the Fillies posted two runs in the top half of the ninth while holding Mount Vernon to just one run in the bottom half for the win. Amber Fistler was the hero of the game, delivering a three hit performance that included a single, a triple, and a home to account for three RBI’s.


The Riley, Gannon pitching pair went the distance with nine innings of work with just eight combined hits, two combined earned runs, and eight strikeouts between the two.


The rest of the week for the Fillies includes a single game match up against Pella, a double header road contest against Newton, a two game match up against Urbandale and Southeast Valley on Friday, June 29, and rounded out with a Saturday match up in Grinnell.