Pictured above: Abbie Menke hustled after a wild pitch, flips Kierstin Monzyk the ball to nail out the runner at home in the game against Linn.
The Lady Shamrocks hosted their Annual Softball Classic yesterday.
They began the morning with a thriller, defeating Hancock 5-4 and advancing to the semifinal game. In the semifinal the Rocks came up short in a heart wrenching finish only to be defeated by the Linn Wildcats 5-4 and ending the hopes of defending last year’s first place finish. The Lady Rocks finished the day playing for third place against the St. James Tigers. The Rocks came out flat early on but would battle back giving themselves a chance to win.
New Haven vs. Hancock (5-4)
Pictured Left: Stephanie Scheer
Stephanie Scheer pitched a complete game giving up only four runs on six hits helping her team advance to the semi-final game.
The Hancock Tigers would strike first scoring two runs in the top half of the 3rd. After scoring their first two runs they had the bases loaded with only one out but were unable to take advantage in part to good pitching by Scheer getting the Lady Rocks out of a jam. The Rocks answered in their half of the inning scoring two runs. Rebecca Glasser led off with a base hit followed by a slap hit by Kierstin Monzyk and then stealing second. Brandy Senecal smoked al ine drive up the middle clearing the bases scoring Glasser and Monzyk. Kayla Oetterer then knocked in Senecal on a RBI single.
The Rocks went into the 6th inning (last inning) clinging to a 5-3 lead. Compton lead off with a lind drive to left field and putting her in scoring position, but Scheer battled back holding the Tigers to just one run in the inning and a win for the Lady Rocks.
Linn vs. New Haven (5-4)
Kierstin Monzyk lead the Rocks with two hits, two runs scored and pitched a complete game allowing only five hits.
Pictured Right: Kayla Oetterer picks a low throw out of the dirt to make the out.
It was no holds bar between both teams, neither of them going down without a fight. The Rocks clung to a one run (4-3) lead going into the bottom of the last inning.
The two unearned runs the Rocks gave up back in the first inning came back to haunt the them in the bottom of the 6th inning. The inning began with a dropped fly ball to right field putting the tying runner on first.
Pictured Right: Rebakah Strobel fields a ground ball, throwing out the runner.
Monzyk then walked the next two batters loading the bases with no outs. A sacrifice fly ball to left field scored the tying run and the winning run on third with only one out. Senecal then snagged a hard hit line drive recording the second out. The Rocks were not going down without a fight. But the ensuing at bat the Wildcats left fielder came through with an RBI single slapping a ground ball down the third baseline knocking in the winning run sneaking past the Rocks and advancing into the Championship game. (Linn would go on to beat Belle easily for first place)
St. James vs. New Haven (6-5)
Pictured above: Kierstin Monzyk makes a running catch on a hard hit fly ball.
The Rocks came out flat in the 3rd place game after the heartbreaking loss to Linn. We spoke briefly with Coach Tim Scheer afterwards. Scheer said, “I was afraid we’d come out flat. After the game against Linn, I stressed to our team about keeping their heads up and getting themselves ready to face St. James”
The Tigers came out swinning scoring two runs off a double by A. Marlatt and C. Donnelly scoring two runs, followed by three more runs in the second inning and a 5-0 lead. Right before the start of the 3rd Coach Scheer said, “I asked our girls if they were going to just roll over and let them win.” The Rocks responded in the 3rd inning with a leadoff base hit from Glaser and Madison Doyle reaching base off an error. The Rocks took advantage, with Monzyk's slap hit for a single loading the bases with no outs. Senecal chalked up 3 RBIs clearing the bases on a stand up double. The Lady Rocks were digging deep and giving it all they had after a long hot day and two tough games.
Pictured above: Three runs score off Senecal's double to center field
Stephanie Scheer kept the rocks in with good pitching only throwing five pitches in the bottom half of the 3rd and recording one strikeout.
The Tigers added to their lead scoring one run in 4th inning making it 6-3. The Rocks rallied in the top of the 5th scoring two runs with a leadoff slap hit and a stolen base by Monzyk making it 6-5. Scheer set down the side in the 5th in just six pitches.
The top of the 6th was do or die for the Rocks. The inning began with a double by Scheer to lead off the inning. But the Rocks hope of a comeback dwindled in a hurry. Duvall and Glaser both went down on strikes and down to their last out. Doyle smacked a hard hit ground ball right to the third baseman ending the Rock's hope of a comeback.
Pictured Right: Coach Scheer and Coach Bratcher talk strategy with Monzyk.
Coach Scheer said, “I was pleased with how our girls played today. In the Linn game, if we had made fewer mistakes early on, the outcome may have been different. I felt Monzyk did a nice job pitching for her first time pitching at the varsity level and Stephanie Scheer pitched well in her two starts. Overall I obviously would have liked a different outcome but we competed and put ourselves in position in these last two games (Linn and St. James) to win and I was proud how our girls never gave up."