The girls fast pitch softball leagues hosted by Rolla Parks and Rec officially kicked off last week on Wednesday, May 31. The leagues are broken up by age into 12 and under, 14 and under and 18 and under.
The 12U games saw great performances from all three Rolla Sliders teams. Rolla Sliders-Hendricks was the only Sliders team to have two games on the day, beating both the Owensville Dutchgirls and the Fighting Squirrels at Schuman Field. Their first matchup was against the Dutchgirls. After a slow start that saw them trailing 2-1 through two innings, the Sliders went off for 16 unanswered runs in the third inning to cruise to a 17-2 victory. Their matchup with the Fighting Squirrels was very similar. They trailed 2-1 through the first two innings, but scored six unanswered runs in the next two innings to win 7-2.
It was a tough night for Owensville, as they also had to play the Rolla Sliders-Kriete. The Sliders dominated from jump street, scoring two in the first, three in the second and five in the third on their way to a 10-0 victory.
The final 12U game was between the Rolla Sliders-Alcorn and Superior. Six first-inning runs by the Sliders would end up being enough to propel them to an 11-2 victory to open their summer schedule.
The 14U had a slightly larger slate of games split up between Kimmel and Morgan Fields. The first game on Kimmel Field pitted the Steelville Cardinals against Clutch. It was all Steelville, as they shutout Clutch on their way to a 10-0 win. Clutch then had to follow that up with a matchup against Bourbon Aftershock. They were able to get some runs on the board, but they were shook by Aftershock, who was able to score four runs in the fourth inning to win 13-9. The Bourbon Aftershock then rumbled into their final game of the night against Steelville, where a seven-run first inning guided them to an 8-3 victory.
Morgan Field saw the runs flying left and right. The Redbird Sluggers faced off against the Cuba Lady Wildcats to open things up and started things off with a bang. The Redbird Sluggers scored 14 runs in first inning alone on their way to a 21-8 win. Cuba came back against the St. James Lady Tigers, however, scoring eight runs in the first on their way to a dominant 23-2 win. After a game off, the Redbird Sluggers were back in action and cruised past the Rolla Aftershock 16-1. The Rolla Aftershock were able to bring their record back to .500 though with a stellar 17-9 win over St. James to cap off the evening.
The bats weren't quiet in the 18U either. The Belle Tigers started the night with a doubleheader against Invasion and the Bourbon Warhawks. After quickly dispatching Invasion 10-4, they had a tougher time against Bourbon. The Warhawks led 4-0 through the first three innings, but Belle charged back to tie things at four with a four-run fourth. They then added two more runs in the fifth to take the lead. Bourbon made things interesting with a run of their own in the bottom of the fifth, but they couldn't get the game-tying run across and Belle won the game 6-5.
Bourbon came back with a vengeance against the Newburg Lady Wolves in the third game of the night. The Warhawks dropped nine runs in the first two innings and Newburg just couldn't keep up, as Bourbon was able to finish off a 13-7 win. Newburg then came back in the final game on Kwantes Field with 14 runs in the first inning to thump the Mid-Mo Warriors 17-10.
The final three 18U games were played on Bayless Field. The Owensville Dutchgirls opened things up with a doubleheader against the St. Clair Lady Bulldogs and the Mid-Mo Warriors. St. Clair gave them a challenge, as the game was tied at five going into the fifth, but a late run from Owensville gave them a 6-5 victory. It was much smoother sailing against the Mid-Mo Warriors, as a nine run second propelled the Dutchgirls to an 11-5 win. St. Clair was able to end the night with a victory, as a five-run fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie for an 8-3 win.
The fast pitch leagues will be back in action every Wednesday for the next six weeks.