Number one Norwalk scored 11 runs in the first two innings and cruised to a 13-3 softball victory last night in five innings on Eagle Lane as heard live on 92.1 KRLS.

The Warriors sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven run, eight hit first inning, then batted around again in the second with four runs on six hits. Pella Christian got on the scoreboard in the third on a two-run double by Addison Bandstra, then the Warriors answered on a two-run homer by Carly Brewer in the fifth. While the Eagles added an unearned run in the bottom of the fifth, Norwalk kept the margin at ten and ended the game early via the run rule.

Pella Christian coach Mindi Kacmarynski was proud of the way her team hung in there for all five innings.

“I thought they competed at every pitch. Those girls, the Norwalk team, they can hit the ball, just line shots. My girls didn’t give up. They kept battling and we even won one inning, which was huge. Our at bats were much better, we’re getting more comfortable at the plate and we’re staying off the rise. We’re learning how to compete.”

Norwalk tallied 19 hits in the game, including a 4-for-4 effort from Brewer. In addition to the home run, she had two singles and a double and scored three runs. Lauren Black and Maddie Gullion each had three hits, with Gullion driving in three, and Nyah Hulbert added two doubles and three RBIs.

Claire Braafhart had two of Pella Christian’s six hits.

The Eagles fall to 1-11 on the season and 0-9 in the Little Hawkeye Conference. They’ll return to action tomorrow night at Clarke.

Norwalk is now 13-2 and 6-1 in LHC play. They have a non-conference doubleheader at home tonight against Dowling Catholic.

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