BOBCAT CLASSIC: South Hardin suffers 0-2 day at Classic

The day opened with one of the Tigers’ most complete games of the season.

It finished at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Dropping a 1-0 thriller to Colfax-Mingo, the South Hardin softball team had little left in the tank in a 14-1 loss to Class 1A No. 9 ranked Lisbon Friday at the Bobcat Softball Classic.

“This is our eighth game in five days so we’re pretty tired,” South Hardin coach David Donahue said after his squad’s double-digit loss to the Lions. “I sat most of my regulars out. They just need a break.”

The Tigers couldn’t quite catch one in their first game against the Tigerhawks. Despite a sterling four-hit, five-strikeout complete game performance from Alaina Lake in the circle, the Tigers couldn’t find the timely hit to break through.

“We had opportunities to score, we just didn’t get the base hit,” Donahue said. “Alaina threw a fantastic game and kept them off balance and off the bases…It was probably one of our more complete games.”

Colfax-Mingo scored its lone run in the sixth, when South Hardin opted to play for the out rather than trying to stop the run at the plate.

“Sometimes it’s smart to give up a run for an out to stay away from the big inning, but it came back to bite us,” Donahue said.

The Lions sunk their teeth in early in the second game sending 11 batters to the plate to score six runs in the first inning. Ali Givens, Cassidy Moore and Emma Hendricks each drove in a run in the first, while two more runners came across on an error and one on a passed ball.

Moore plated another in the second as Lake was replaced after two frames allowing seven runs (five earned) on six hits, while walking two, hitting one and fanning a pair.

Paige Felderman’s RBI single stretched the gap to 8-0 in the sixth, before the Lions scored six more in the seventh. Two came across on passed balls and another on an error, while Zeva Light and Moore added RBI singles.

Hope Van Zante’s run-scoring single in the seventh helped the Tigers avoid the shutout, bringing in Kassidy Rewoldt who reached first on an error.

McKenna Kilburn went the distance allowing one unearned run on two hits, while striking out four and walking one. She retired the first 13 batters she faced, before Rachel Mildenhall laced a single up the middle in the fifth.

Miquela Teske threw the last five frames for the Tigers, allowing seven runs (four earned) on eight hits and four walks. The Lions tallied 14 hits, while both squads committed three errors.

The Tigers return to the Bobcat Softball Classic today battling Marshalltown at 10:45 a.m. and Class 3A No. 7 Bondurant-Farrar at 2:15 p.m.