Lady Eagle softball sweeps St. James to go 2-0 in August

By Will Johnson, Sports Editor
Posted 9/9/21

Sweeping Stoutland to open their season, Chandler Harker’s Vienna Lady Eagle softball team looked to close the August portion of their schedule last Tuesday with a victory over St. James’ …

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Lady Eagle softball sweeps St. James to go 2-0 in August

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Sweeping Stoutland to open their season, Chandler Harker’s Vienna Lady Eagle softball team looked to close the August portion of their schedule last Tuesday with a victory over St. James’ Lady Tigers.

Getting a big boost from an 11-run third inning, Harker’s varsity Lady Eagles needed just five innings for their second win in as many games by a score of 18-6.

“It feels great to end August with a 2-0 record and go into the Maries County Fair on a high note,” Harker said.

Down 1-0 entering the bottom of the first inning, Vienna wasted little time getting their first lead of the game.

Kadence George led off with a walk before an Eva Hollis walk and Riley Rosentreter getting hit by a pitch loaded the bases for Kayla Hertzing.

A Hertzing RBI single driving in George tied the game at 1-1 before a two-out rally was needed to give the Lady Eagles the lead for good.

Abrea Simmons came up with two outs before lacing a two-RBI double to right field scoring Hollis and Rosentreter for a 3-1 lead.

Simmons later scored on a Jenna Wiles RBI single pushing the Vienna lead to 4-1 after one inning.

With Hollis on the mound, she pitched a scoreless second inning to give her offense a chance to add to the lead.

Helping her own cause, Hollis started the bottom of the second with a one-out single.

Hertzing’s second RBI of the game scoring Hollis bumped the Vienna lead to 5-1.

Salene George then delivered the big blow of the inning with a two-RBI single to center field scoring Rosentreter and Hertzing giving VHS a 7-1 lead over St. James after two innings.

Seeing St. James get three runs back in the top of the third inning, Vienna answered in the bottom half of the third with those three and then some.

Sending 15 batters to the plate, Eight different Lady Eagles crossed the plate helping them to an 11-run inning and an 18-4 lead after three frames.

Madison Weeks, Wiles and Hollis each crossed the plate twice in the bottom of the third inning.

Scoring single runs in bottom of the third were Kadence George, Salene George, Terra Huffman, Hertzing and Simmons.

Allowing two more St. James runs in the top of the fifth, Vienna took the varsity contest in five innings, 18-6.

Scattering seven hits over five innings, Hollis got the win allowing six runs (two earned) with a walk and five strikeouts.

Hollis also helped herself scoring a game-high four runs on two hits and a walk.

Collecting two hits each in addition to Hollis were Hertzing, Salene George, Huffman, Wiles and Weeks.

Shutting out Stoutland in their season opener, Vienna’s JV Lady Eagles duplicated the feat last Tuesday with an 11-0 win over St. James.

Adelynn James struck out 11 allowing no runs on no hits to go with just one walk.

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