The Rolla softball team have been going full steam ahead this week with a trio of games back to back. The Lady Bulldogs started with a pair of road games at Springfield Central and Union on Tuesday and Wednesday, before returning to their home field to face off against West Plains. Rolla was able to come away with a pair of Ozark Conference victories over the three day span, capping things off with a walk-off 3-2 win in extra innings against the Lady Zizzers.
The Lady Bulldogs kicked off their busy week with a 16-0 thrashing of Central. Jordan Watkins and Mackenzie McCarter combined for the shutout with McCarter sealing the victory on a strikeout. The win was powered by a big 10-run third inning that saw Chloe Wood, Emalee Grooms, Kristynn Hufford, Riley Wassilak, Madison Mace and McCarter all drive in runs. Maycie Montgomery led the team in hits with two base knocks. As a team, the Lady Bulldogs were speed demons on the base paths with 10 steals. Rolla also had six extra base hits with Grooms, Montgomery and Reagan Reedy all hitting doubles, while Keira Chrisco, Mace and Zoey Barr each added triples.
The Lady Bulldogs then had a hard-fought loss to Union on Wednesday. Rolla was able to take an early lead in the second inning when a steal home put Rolla out in front. Union, however, took the lead for good with four runs in the third inning. Callie Harmon, Watkins and McCarter all split time on the mound for Rolla. The Lady Bulldogs had 10 hits in the 12-7 loss, as Lauren Moersch, Kiera Chrisco, Hufford and Grooms all had multiple base hits. Moersch led the charge with three base knocks. Kassidy and Keira Chrisco each drove in runs with Kassidy knocking in a pair and Keira driving in one. Montgomery also added an RBI in the loss. The JV was able to pull out a 7-0 victory in their game with Union with a shutout by Sierra Spencer in the circle, striking out five in three innings of work. Spencer and Barr each drove in runs in the game, while Mace was a machine on the base paths with five steals.
Rolla rounded out their packed three day stretch with a wild extra inning victory over West Plains on Thursday. Hits were hard to come by Thursday night, as each team had just two hits and two runs through the first five innings. West Plains threatened to score again in the top of the sixth, but some clutch pitching put that to an end. The Lady Zizzers were able to get a runner to third with two outs and head coach Jessika Zink Cook brought Watkins in to relieve McCarter. Watkins came up clutch with a strikeout to get out of the inning with the game still locked at two.
Hits were still tough to come by after the close call in the top of the sixth. Rolla went down in order in the bottom of the sixth, but nearly had a chance for a walk-off the following inning. Grooms came up with a clutch two-out single in the bottom of the seventh and attempted to steal second. She made it to second easily, but the umpire ruled she left first early, ending the inning and forcing extras
After an uneventful to of the eighth that ended with Kassidy Chrisco throwing out a runner at second, Rolla came up with a chance to end the game in the bottom of the frame. Moersch, who was DHing in the contest, led off the inning with a base knock, before Mace was brought in to courtesy run for her. Hufford followed that with an infield single to put runners on first and second with no outs. Montgomery came up to bat with a chance to deliver a game-winner and did just that, as a single up the middle allowed Mace to sprint in from second to score the final run and give the Lady Bulldogs a 3-2 victory and their third conference win of the season.
The Lady Bulldogs followed the busy three day stretch with even more softball on Friday and Saturday. Rolla will spend their weekend playing in the Ozarks Fall Festival, which is hosted by Kickapoo, Nixa, Ozark and Republic