On the night of June 24th, the Denver ladies softball team faced off against the Dike-New Hartford Wolverines in the Cyclone’s home opener for the season. In a long, hard fought battle that had many twists and turns, the Cyclones came out on top for their first win of the season. The Cyclones record is now up to 1-3 and will play Vinton-Shellsburg at home on Thursday June 25th 2020.
To start the game, the Cyclones struck first in the bottom of the first. After #11 Reese Johnson made it to first and stole second, #5 Jaden McMahon hammered a 2 run homerun to left field, putting the ladies up 2-0 over the Wolverines. #5 Jaden McMahon also kept the Wolverines from getting hits, collecting 2 strikeouts and several groundouts in 2 innings with no hits for the Wolverines. The Denver ladies would score again in the bottom of the 3rd. #2 Emily Herbst hit a single, #11 Reese Johnson bunted her way to first, and #5 Jaden McMahon was hit by a pitch, which loaded up the bases. #9 Morgan Smith brought in 2 runners with an RBI double to center field that made the score 4-0 in Denver’s favor.
In the top of the 4th, the Wolverines would begin their comeback against the Cyclones. #1 Taylor Kvale of the Wolverines made her way to third with strategic steals and bunts, setting up the next batters to get in scoring position. #13 Ashton Syharath brought in the runners waiting on base with a 3 RBI double that made the score 4-3 with Denver clinging onto the lead. The Wolverines would tie it up with #23 Lydia Huntington using a sacrificial bunt to bring in a runner to tie the game at 4 apiece.
For the next few innings, the two teams would go back and forth, with #44 Sydney Eggena pitching well for Denver, until the bottom of the 6th inning when Denver started to pull the game back into their favor. #10 Bailey Nuss was hit by a pitch and #21 Avery Forde hit a single center, putting two runners on base for the Cyclones. #2 Emily Herbst brought both runners home with a double that made the score 6-4 with Denver ahead. #11 Reese Johnson followed this up by bringing #2 Emily Herbst home with a double and making the score 7-4. The Cyclones sealed the game in the top of the 7th with three straight outs.
In a post game interview with Cyclone Head Varsity Softball Coach Dani Gordon, she said, “I think that the girls had a great defensive effort, specifically in the circle. Jaden and Sydney did their jobs and the team had their backs.” She added, “We need to minimize runners left on base. Too many runners in scoring position that we didn’t bring home. I’m proud of the girls and the effort they have shown thus far. They are a talented bunch and will see their work come to fruition if they do the little things right and execute.”
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