The Rolla softball team (2-17, 0-7 OC) hosted Waynesville for an Ozark Conference matchup on Monday, Sept. 25. The Lady Bulldogs kept things close for the first three innings, but Waynesville exploded for nine runs in the fourth on their way to a 15-3 win.
Waynesville scored four runs in the first two innings with a little help from walks and errors. Rolla scored a run of their own when Maycie Montgomery launched a solo shot, bringing the score to 4-1, before the game went off the rails in the fourth. Rolla was able to get a quick double play to get the first two outs of the inning, but Emalee Grooms struggled on the mound after that. Grooms allowed Afatia Poinsette to reach base and Poinsette took advantage by swiping second and third. Megan Pattison then walked for Waynesville and stole second base. Poinsette was able to score on a passed ball after Grooms hit Morgan Loggins. Malia Jennings then smacked a two-run double for the Lady Tigers. Grooms went on to walk the next three batters, allowing another run to score.
After walking in a run, Grooms was replaced by Bailey Pierce on the mound. Grooms stayed in the game to play second base. The freshman pitcher was dealt a bases loaded situation and buckled a bit under the pressure in her second varsity pitching appearance. She walked her first batter before Mea Williams roped a two-run double. The bases were loaded back up again when Pierce hit Poinsette. Waynesville added two more runs on wild pitches and passed balls before Mackenzie Proffitt ended the inning with a great running catch in right field. Rolla got out of the inning, but Waynesville's lead ballooned to 13-1.
Rolla was able to get two runs across in the fourth after a single by Montgomery and a double by Kristynn Hufford set up Chloe Wood for a sac fly. Hufford then came around to score on a groundout by Pierce. That tightened the gap to 13-3, but that was the closest the game would get.
Waynesville added two more runs in the fifth on a groundout and a single by Isabella Pondrom. Rolla got a two out triple by Grooms in the bottom of the inning, but she was stranded at third and the game ended for a 15-3 win for the Lady Tigers.
The final pitching lines for Rolla saw Grooms pitching 3 and two thirds innings, allowing 11 runs, eight of which were earned, on eight hits, four walks and four hit batters. Pierce pitching an inning and a third, allowing four runs, one of which was unearned, on three hits, five walks and a hit batter.
Waynesville won the JV game as well, 10-5. Madison Hodapp pitched for Rolla. Pierce scored twice and stole two bases. Brinkli House had a triple and a run scored, while Mercedez Carpenter and Ashley Noble each added a run scored.
"Obviously we have too many walks, too many hit batters, we have too many free things to the other team," said head coach Tim Dunn. "We'll go a couple of innings there and we'll give up three or four runs and you'll look back and see that they never hit the ball out of the infield. That happens to us way too much."
Rolla continued a busy week with a matchup against Glendale on Tuesday, but results were not available at press time. Their next game will be a rescheduled game against Lebanon on Thursday, Sept. 28 for Senior Night. They'll then open their home tournament on Friday.