The Pella High summer teams played host to Dallas Center-Grimes Monday evening in Little Hawkeye Conference action, and it was the visitors coming away with two victories on the evening. The softball team dropped a 15-5 decision in six innings, as aired live on KRLS3, while the baseball team fell 5-0.
The Fillies took the early 2-0 lead after the first inning on the softball diamond. Three DCG home runs in the second opened the game up, as the Fillies took an 8-0 lead on a solo, three-run, and two-run homer in the frame. A fielding error allowed Pella to score for the first time in the bottom of the second to make it 8-2. Taylor Tousey and Ava Curry drove in runs in the third inning to get the Dutch within 8-5, but that would conclude Pella’s scoring.
An insurance run in the fourth and a six-run explosion in the sixth put the Fillies up by 10, and Pella could not shrink the margin, despite having the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth. Head Coach Teresa Thompson says that DCG deserves credit for being a solid team, and that the Lady Dutch got in favorable positions, but couldn’t pull through when it mattered most.
“We knew they’re a good hitting team, we knew they were all juniors and seniors. They’re a strong team all-around, hitting, fielding, pitching. We knew it was going to be a difficult task tonight, but getting behind and having them rip on our pitchers right away did not help, so we had to fight back. At least we did fight back, we had baserunners on. That’s been the theme lately, we leave baserunners on, and we can’t get them to come around and score. So we’ve got to get that figured out.”
Pella was led at the plate with two hits apiece from Brynnlin Kroymann, Kylie Tauke and Courtney Thompson. Ella Corbin pitched five innings of relief, giving up 12 hits and six walks while striking out one batter. Pella falls to 1-10 on the season, and is back in action tonight for their first non-conference game. The Lady Dutch make the short trek down County Highway G5T to New Sharon to take on Class 1A #14 North Mahaska, a game that will air live on 92.1 KRLS with pregame coverage beginning at 5:45 p.m.
The Little Dutch baseball team was the victim of a combined no-hitter, falling 5-0 to the #2 Mustangs. Dallas Center-Grimes got on the board with two runs in the first and three in the fifth to complete the scoring. Pella falls to 5-7 overall and 5-5 in the conference. They’ll be back in action Wednesday at Grinnell for a Little Hawkeye Conference doubleheader.