The Rolla softball (2-11) and St. James (7-6) softball teams each played in tournaments this past weekend. After Rolla lost 10-0 to West Plains on Thursday, Sept. 7, the Lady Bulldogs in the Ozark Fall Festival, which was played in Nixa on Friday and Republic on Saturday, going 1-4 on the weekend. St. James, meanwhile, traveled down to Cuba for their tournament on Saturday, going 1-2.
Lady Bulldogs slowly wake their bats up
Rolla played on Thursday before playing in the Ozark Fall Festival. Rolla recorded just one hit in their 10-0 loss to West Plains. Emalee pitched all six of Rolla's games, pitching five innings in the run-rule loss on Thursday. The JV also lost to West Plains, falling 3-2.
Rolla then opened the Ozark Fall Festival against Friday's host Nixa. Rolla's offense remained quiet in their first game of the tournament, as they only recorded two hits and scored one run in an 8-1 loss. Grooms and Hannah Beucler had the only hits in the loss.
They followed that loss with another slumping offensive performance against Monet. They again recorded just two hits and scored no runs. Grooms allowed six runs on 10 hits in the 6-0 loss. Kristynn Hufford and Fiona Giddens each had base hits.
Rolla's offense woke up a bit in their final game on Friday against Platte County, but not quite enough to find their first win of the tournament. The Lady Bulldogs scored four runs on four hits in the 12-4 loss. Grooms scored twice, while Chloe Wood knocked in a pair and Hufford added another RBI.
The Lady Bulldogs had then kicked off action on Saturday against East Newton. Rolla tallied six hits for three runs in an 8-3 loss. Grooms led the team with a 3-3 performance at the plate with two doubles and a dinger to go with two RBI. Hufford added a double and a triple with am RBI.
Rolla ended the tournament with their best offensive performance in a win over Grain Valley. Maycie Montgomery hit her first home run of the season in a 3-4 performance and racked up five runs driven in. Grooms added two more RBI, while Alex Kitchens and Makenzie Proffitt each knocked in a run in the 11-8 victory.
There was no tournament champion or trophies presented in the tournament.
The Lady Bulldogs returned to Ozark Conference action on Monday, Sept. 11, but results were not available at press time. They will next play at Camdenton on Thursday, Sept. 14.
Defense still an issue in St. James
The Lady Tigers played three games in the Cuba Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 9 and defense continued to be their downfall. St. James committed five errors in each game, but managed to overcome those defensive issues for a win in their final game.
St. James opened the tournament against the host school and dug themselves a hole in the first inning. Cuba scored four runs in the first and added two more in the third to build an early 6-0 lead. They added one more run in the sixth before St. James was able to get on the board in the seventh. The Lady Tigers recorded just one hit by Kyler Dautenhahn with Relora Embrey scoring their only run of the game after reaching base on a walk and stealing a base. Kayla Hamilton started the game, allowing all seven runs, only four of which were earned, while walking six and allowing seven hits. Mckenzie Brennan came in and pitched an inning and a third in relief, allowing just one base hit.
The Lady Tigers then faced off against Dixon in a three inning loss. St. James wasn't able to record a base hit, while Audrey Marcee allowed 17 runs, seven of which were earned, before being pulled in the second inning. Brennan came in and pitched a hitless second inning to close out the ballgame.
After scoring just one run in the first two games, St. James woke up in their final game against Neelyville. The Lady Tigers racked up 18 hits and scored 11 runs in an 11-4 victory to end the tournament. Hunter Pitts drove in four runs on two doubles to lead the team, while Scout Paulus, Taylor Brennan and Baylee Ambrose each drove in a pair with multiple base hits. Mikaela Donnelly also drive in a run on three hits. Six players had multi-hit games for St. James. Hamilton pitched a complete game for St. James, allowing just one earned run on two hits, three walks and four strikeouts to earn the win.
St. James will return to action on Tuesday, Sept. 12 when they play at New Haven.