Trouble finding timely hits again plagued the Pella Christian softball team on Saturday, but the Lady Eagles were able to salvage a split in their two games at the Oskaloosa Invitational.
Pella Christian stranded 11 runners on base in a 3-2 loss to Keokuk, including 8 runners that were in scoring position with one out or less. Morgan Blom and Paige Blom each were 2-for-4 at the plate in the loss, and Paige gave up just two hits, walked four and struck out seven from the pitcher’s circle.
The Lady Eagles got a boost from the top of the batting order in their second game – a 7-6 win over Eddyville-Blakesburg. Shelby Weaver was 4-for-4, putting herself on the base paths to score three runs for Pella Christian.
Paige Blom was again 2-for-4, including her second double of the day, while Ashley Van Kooten slugged her fifth home run of the season with a two-run blast serving as her only hit of the game. Blom got the win, but yielded all six of the Rockets’ runs in the final inning.
The Pella Christian softball team is 11-6 and positioned to have a strong week in conference play, though, with winnable games against Grinnell, South Tama and Oskaloosa up on the schedule.