The fast pitch softball league hosted by Rolla Parks and Rec was back in action on Wednesday, June 28. The three age divisions saw a mix of nail-biters and blowouts.
Newburg and St. Clair kicked off the 18U division with Newburg controlling the game from jump street. The Lady Wolves scored six runs in the first inning on their way to an easy 16-8 win. Newburg didn't have the same luck in their second matchup when they faced off against Invasion. Invasion got out to an early lead with six runs in the first two innings. Newburg made a late push with four runs in the fourth, but they couldn't quite dig out of their early hole and lost 10-8.
St. Clair, meanwhile, had their offense fall off a bit more in their second game when they faced Belle. Belle scored five in the first, two in the second and four in the third on their way to an 11-3 win. Belle's day mirrored Newburg's as their momentum failed to carry into their second game against Mid MO Warriors. Mid Mo Warriors scored five runs in the first inning and held off against a late comeback attempt by Belle to hold onto a 6-4 win.
The trend of teams going .500 for the night continued with the Mid MO Warriors, as they were shut out in their other game against Bourbon. The Lady Warhawks, meanwhile, mashed for 13 runs on their way to a 13-0 win.
While their first game was a dominant win, Bourbon couldn't buck the trent of going 1-1 on the day. They faced off against Ownesville in their second game and got off to a great start. The Lady Warhawks led 6-3 after the first inning, but they only managed to score two more runs for the remainder of the game. Owensville, meanwhile, ramped up production. They scored a run in each of the first and second innings, but a four-run fourth gave them a 9-8 win.
Owensville then went onto be the only team in the 18U division to win both of their games, as they cruised to a 7-0 victory over Invasion.
The 14U division started with a nail biter between Clutch and Aftershock. Aftershock controlled the game early, scoring seven runs in the first inning. Their offense tailed off after that, while Clutch started to chip away. They scored once in the bottom of the first and four in the third, but Aftershock held on for a 7-5 win. Clutch turned things around in their second game, as they smashed O-Town 14-5. Aftershock, meanwhile, went 2-0 on the day with a 9-1 win over O-Town.
The Redbird Sluggers then faced off against Cuba in the first game on Morgan Field. The Redbird Sluggers dominated from the first at-bat on their way to an easy 18-1 win. They also managed to go 2-0 on the day by cruising to a 13-3 win over the Rolla Aftershock.
St. James ended the 14U division for the night with a pair of wins. They started off by thumping Cuba 18-7 in an offensive slugfest. Their second game was a bit closer, as they used a six-run inning to take an early 6-2 lead over Rolla Aftershock. Rolla Aftershock went on to tie the game with four runs in the third, but St. James scored one more run in the bottom of the frame to walk off with a 7-6 win.
The 12U age division had a lighter schedule, which kicked off with the Fighting Squirrels beating Rolla Sliders-Alcorn 7-2.
The second game of the night was much closer between Superior and the Owensville Dutchgirls. Superior took an early lead thanks to four runs in the second and two more in the third, but Owensville came back with eight runs in the fourth to take an 11-6 lead. Superior then came back and scored six runs in the bottom of the frame for a walk off 12-11 win.
The last two games were pretty one-sided. The Fighting Squirrels won their second game of the night by beating Owensville 13-4. Rolla Sliders-Hendricks then smoked Rolla Sliders-Kriete 17-1.