Dallas Center-Grimes piled up 32 runs in a pair of lopsided victories at at windy DC-G Classic on June 28 in Dallas Center.
The Fillies blanked Urbandale 10-0, then battered Creston 22-1 for DC-G’s biggest margin of victory in at least seven seasons.
DC-G, which has yo-yoed from first to sixth to second in the Class 4A rankings, scored three runs in each of the third, fourth and fifth innings against Urbandale. Macey Wolfe delivered an RBI single to get the Fillies on the board in the third, then Tabitha Taylor and Dani Heritage drew bases-loaded walks.
Jackie Peyton ripped a solo home run into the teeth of the wind in the fourth inning, and after Brooke Kramer and Wolfe reached base by getting plunked, Taylor drove both of them in with her second hit of the game.
Wolfe and Peyton added RBIs in the fifth inning and Allison O’Brien scored on an illegal pitch. Eight players scored runs for DC-G.
It was more than enough for Rachel Lowary, who dazzled in the pitcher’s circle with nine strikeouts over six innings. She allowed just one hit and one walk.
The team piled up 20 hits against Creston in a game in which 15 different Fillies crossed home plate. Lexi Rosa was 2-for-2 with four RBIs, Kramer was 3-for-3 with three knocked in, Peyton had two hits and three RBIs and Lowary was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBIs and two runs scored. Wolfe, Taylor, Heritage and Taylor Draisey all scored twice.
Emily Ellerman surrendered one run on one hit and four walks while striking out four in the three-inning victory.
Earlier in the week, DC-G added a 1-0 victory over Boone and a 16-0 win against A-D-M.
Wolfe plated Kramer in the third inning for the winning run against the Toreadors on June 27, and Lowary struck out four, scattering five hits.
The Fillies got back-to-back seven-run innings in the third and fourth innings against A-D-M on June 26. Wolfe was 4-for-4 with a double, triple and three runs scored. Rachel Lowary was 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs. O’Brien had three hits and scored twice, while Heritage and Paige Lowary each went 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and Kramer had two hits and two RBIs.
Rachel Lowary struck out seven, allowing only one hit and one walk in four innings.
DC-G also grabbed its 30th win of the season by beating Carlisle 4-1 on Monday. O’Brien was 2-for-3 with two RBIs, and both Peyton and Kramer added two-hit games. Paige Lowary struck out six, allowing one run on four hits and walking none.
When the new high-school softball rankings came out on June 20 Dallas Center-Grimes, for the first time this season, was not at the top of the list in Class 4A.
After starting the season with 18 consecutive wins, the Fillies dropped three games in six days and fell to No. 6 in the rankings and had a meeting with Winterset, the new No. 1 team.
"We knew after we got beat on Monday and last night particularly that we were going to drop, I mean, rightfully so," DC-G coach Steve Schlafke said. "Knowing that we were going to play them, we knew they were going to be number one."
The DC-G softball team got what it needed with a 5-3 win over Winterset and are 2-0 this season against the Huskies. Junior Paige Lowary pitched all seven innings in the win and was 4-for-4 at the plate with a home run and two RBIs.
"It was important for us to come out tonight and at least make a statement as far as how hard we’re going to play and how hard we’re going to compete and winning was kind of the icing on the cake," Schlafke said.
Lowary was perfect through the first three innings giving up no hits and striking out three batters and she also scored the first run of the game in the bottom half of the third to give the Fillies the first lead of the game. Taylor Benshoof, the first batter of the fourth inning for the Huskies, spoiled the perfect-game bid for Lowary and also tied the game at one with a home run.
The Fillies took the lead back in the bottom of the fourth when junior Dani Heritage scored on a double by sophomore Allie O’Brien, who went 3-for-3 in the game with one RBI. The Fillies extended the lead to 3-1 in the fifth inning with Lowary’s homer.
The game looked as though it might get out of control for the Fillies in the top of the sixth inning when two runs scored with no one out, but the Fillies recovered defensively with a double play where Winterset’s Savannah Marker popped out to Dani Heritage at first base and Sammie Nicholson failed to tag up and was thrown out at second base. The inning ended two batters later when Chelsie Benshoof was thrown out at the plate trying to give Winterset the lead.
"Our defense has been stellar all season long, tonight we had a couple of mistakes that we made that really cost us probably at least two runs," Schlafke said.
With the game tied at three going into the bottom of the second Rachel Lowary ended a long at bat with a walk to lead off the inning. She eventually scored on a single by Jackie Peyton to give the Fillies the lead once again and Peyton extended the lead scoring on a single by Paige Lowary one batter later.
The Huskies went three-up-three-down in the top of the seventh and the Fillies sealed the victory.
Paige Lowary pitched all seven innings and gave up three hits with one earned run and struck out six batters.
Schlafke said he thought that Lowary had a big-time game.
After the win against Winterset the Fillies went on to win the next three games at the University of Iowa against Solon, West Davenport and Iowa City Regina before losing their final game in Iowa City against Wellman Mid-Prairie. The bats were working for the Fillies in the game against West Davenport as they combined for four home runs out of Paige Lowary, Taylor Draisey, Lexi Rosa and Jackie Peyton in a 9-1 victory.
On Monday, the Fillies won a close game against Norwalk 1-0. Selena Nolte scored the game’s only run on an RBI by O’Brien.