In a season that included well over a half-dozen final inning rallies, there are certainly no shortage of exciting game memories for the Pella High softball team. Yet out of the many thrilling finishes, there is one that certainly stands out to Lady Dutch head coach Krista DeMeulenare.
Trailing 4-3 to crosstown rival Pella Christian in the bottom of the seventh inning of their second to last home game, Pella was able to rely upon one of their veteran leaders to be confident and pull through in a big way.
“Lindsey Mueller was up to bat – and of course a senior on ‘Senior Night’ – and she comes up and looks at me and says ‘I love this moment.’ We’ve got the winning run standing on second base and the tying run on third base and she’s up to bat. That, I think, will be a moment I’ll take away forever,” said DeMeulenaere.
“[Having] a big senior wanting to be the one to make the difference in the game was exciting. I think she has passed that excitement on down, and done a great job in leading this team with her heart and her passion.”
Of course, Mueller slugged the game-winning single to the outfield to give her team a 5-4 victory and help extend what would become a five-game win streak to finish the regular season. Overall, the Pella High softball team was 19-11 this past season and finished 8-4 in the Little Hawkeye Conference – tying for third place.