The Rolla softball team (1-4, 0-2 OC) hosted Joplin for an Ozark Conference matchup on Tuesday, Sept. 5. The runs were flying for both teams, but Joplin took an early lead that Rolla couldn't erase in a 20-13 loss.
Rolla took their lumps in their loss to Joplin on Tuesday and a lot of it was self-imposed. Emalee Grooms toed the rubber for the Lady Bulldogs and struggled with control in her seven innings of work. She allowed 20 runs, 17 of which were earned, on 16 hits, six walks and five hit batters. She also struck out four.
While Rolla was behind the eight ball early, the bats woke up. The Lady Bulldogs had 14 hits as a team. Kristynn Hufford led the team with four hits, while scoring three runs and driving in one. Grooms helped herself on the mound with two hits, a double, a walk, two runs scored and two RBI. Cheyanne King tied for the team lead in RBI with three, while collecting three hits and scoring twice. She was tied with Hannah Beucler, who also drove in three runs, one one hit and scored twice. Maycie Montgomery had two hits, including a triple, with a run scored and a run driven in.
"We have definitely struggled so far this season, but we actually have started to see some areas of improvement," said head coach Tim Dunn. "Offensively, at times, we string together a bunch of hits, and score a lot of runs. Unfortunately, we seem to constantly be facing an uphill climb, falling behind by a lot of runs and then having to mount a difficult comeback. The kids keep plugging away, and continue to work hard, so hopefully we can start to see improvements in other ares, as well."
The JV lost their game 6-2. Kendra Cameron and Madison Hodapp each scored and had a base hit. Alex Kitchens added two hits of her own in the loss. Hodapp pitched for Rolla.
Rolla remained in the Ozark Conference on Thursday, Sept. 7, but results were not available at press time. They will play in the Ozark Tournament at Nixa on Friday, Sept. 8.