TRC games, tourney make up Eagles' seven-game week



     Four Tri-Rivers Conference games and a three-game tournament made last week a busy one for the Midland softball team.

     First, Midland traveled to play Edgewood-Colesburg June 8, and split a doubleheader, winning 10-5 and losing 11-10. In the first game, the Eagles (2-8, 3-15) scored five runs in both the second and fourth innings. Anna Bartels pitched the first 5 1/3 innings to get the win; Rashelle Cole worked the final 1 2/3. Kyla Cole batted 2-for-4. Allison Paulsen had a double and two runs batted in; Bartels also knocked in two runs.

     In the second game, Ed-Co scored twice in the bottom of the sixth to take a one-run lead, and the Eagles were unable to answer. Midland had nine hits. Kyla Cole again was 2-for-4. Driving in two runs apiece were Gracie Harrington, Kyla Cole and Sophia Coates.

     On June 10, the Eagles played host to Springville in a doubleheader and lost by scores of 8-3 and 15-11. Springville scored four runs in the top of the first inning in the opener, and led throughout. Midland had six hits. Allison Paulsen batted 2-for-3 with a triple. Gracie Franzen was 2-for-3 as well. Isabelle Ricketts drove in two runs. Bartels  pitched and took the loss.

     The second game was different; this time the Orioles rallied from deficits of 9-0 and 11-2 to score 13 runs over the last three innings. Paulsen had another big game at the plate for Midland, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and six RBIs. Harrington was 2-for-4. Franzen had a single and a stolen base.

     Midland then played in the Calamus-Wheatland Tournament June 12, losing to Clinton 8-6, to Highland 10-1, and to Northeast of Goose Lake 11-2. Against Clinton, the Eagles tried to rally from an 8-0 deficit, and fell two runs short. Midland had two hits, including a doubled by Paulsen. Rachelle Cole drove in two runs. She also pitched and took the loss.

     The Eagles had six hits in the Highland game. Bartels went 2-for-2, and Paulsen was 2-for-3.

     Northeast held Midland to five hits in the last game of the event. Paulsen batted 2-for-3. The Eagles also had stolen bases by Mariah Hacke, Bartels and Harrington.



     Due to a postponement of a doubleheader against Clinton Prince of Peace June 7, the Midland baseball team had just one game last week.

     Midland played host to Springville June 10, and pulled out a 4-3 victory after rallying from a 3-0 deficit. The Eagles (3-3, 4-3) scored twice in both the fourth and sixth innings.

     In the sixth, Seth Bixler scored on an RBI groundout by Warren Etten, and Matt Sauer later scored on an error.

     “It was good for us to get a win where we played well on defense,” Midland coach Josh Soper said.

     Zain Sauer pitched the first four innings for the Eagles, allowing two earned runs and striking out four. Etten worked the last three in relief to get the win, giving up no runs on two hits with four strikeouts.

     Midland was held to two hits, singles by Aaron Bixler and Matt Sauer.

     “Zain and Warren both pitched well,” Soper said. “Offensively we looked like a team that had a week off. But we did enough to get the win, and we continue to improve.”  



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