There just can’t be a better way to end off the regular season the way the Van Meter softball team did this past weekend winning their last four contests.
It all started Friday, June 29 with the final West Central Activities Conference match up of the season when the Bulldogs welcomed in AC-GC for a double header contest in Van Meter. The pair of games would feature plenty of offense and plenty of wins for the Bulldogs as they came out victorious 16-13 and 17-8.
Game one of the two game set displayed a plethora of offense that saw the Bulldogs yield a slight 7-4 edge after just the third inning. The Bulldogs scored three runs in five separate innings which helped hold off a seven run top of the fifth from AC-GC. In total all starting nine batters recorded at hit for Van Meter with eight of the nine earning at least two hits for the game. Juniors Bailey Harding and Meagan Blomgren racked up four hits each while freshman Lilly Thompson had a standout game with three hits, four runs, and three RBI’s.
The Bulldogs were just as prolific on the base paths as they swiped a single game season high 15 bases while collecting 22 hits in that game one. With Haley Forret still absent from the circle, the combo of Molly Blomgren and Shea Rhodes stepped up and played well with eight hits allowed and three combined strikeouts.
Game two featured plenty more offense with 18 total hits racked up against the Chargers. Thompson put on a great two game performance with a 3-5 outing in game two with four runs driven in and three stolen bases. Abby Archer was one of five Bulldog batters to record at least three hits in the game including her team leading sixth home run of the season. That helped the Bulldogs with a nine run sixth inning to aid in the 17-8 win. The two game sweep assured ten straight seasons without a loss to AC-GC/Guthrie Center.
The 11th ranked Bulldogs then took on a weekend tournament in Carlisle and matched up against the likes of Lynnville-Sully and Saydel. Future freshman Maia Abrahamson delivered a 2-2 game and drove in three of the team’s six RBI’s as the Bulldogs held off a late rally to win 6-5. Game two of the weekend set and final game of the regular season came against Saydel and ended in a 5-4 Van Meter win. The Bulldogs scored all five runs within the first two innings and held off four scoring innings by Saydel to acquire their 25th win of the year.