Dallas Center-Grimes girls’ softball started off the 2016 season atop the 4A rankings, coming off a 29-13 record last year.
In their first two contests this year, the Fillies fell to Southeast Polk and Indianola.
In the opener at Southeast Polk on May 23, DC-G lost 5-2. Southeast Polk started off the scoring in the first inning and piled on in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to secure the victory.
DC-G scored both of its runs in the fourth inning. Senior Madison Carpenter hit a homerun in the away loss. Rachel Hillman recorded a double and drove in a run.
Rachel Lowary pitched for the Fillies and allowed nine hits. Three of the runs allowed by the junior were earned. Lowary struck out nine batters and walked two.
On May 24, DC-G lost another road matchup. Indianola landed an 8-1 win. The home team put up three runs in the third inning and extended its lead with five more runs in the sixth.
The Fillies managed to get on the board in the seventh. Sophomore Amber Fistler, who recorded one of DC-G’s three hits in the game, drove in the team’s lone run.
Lowary pitched six innings, allowing eight hits and three earned runs. She struck out five Indianola batters and walked four.
DC-G picked up a victory against Bettendorf on May 28. The Fillies won the matchup in Ankeny, 3-2.
Bettendorf got on the board first with a run in the second inning. DC-G responded with a score in the third.
Both teams scored in the fifth inning, but the Fillies put up one more run than Bettendorf to get the victory.
Paige Linthicum, Kamryn O’Brien and Shelby Freestone each recorded an RBI in the win. The Fillies only managed two hits, but it was enough to get by Bettendorf.
Allie Boender was the winning pitcher. She went 4 2/3 innings, allowing four hits and two runs. The junior struck out five batters and walked seven.
The Fillies’ matchup with Winterset was rained out on Tuesday. They faced Pella Wednesday, and stats were not available at Dallas County News’ press time. Next up is a tournament on Saturday.