Cascade softball is now 2-3 after two weeks. The Cougars were swept by Anamosa in a home doubleheader, May 30, and won 10-1 at Clayton Ridge the following day.

In game one against Anamosa, senior Madison Gehl walloped her first home-run of the season (the Cougars’ third) and went 2-for-3 with two RBIs. The scoreboard read, 2-1, Anamosa, after four and a half frames, but the Raiders went on to knock in four in the bottom of the fifth and two more in the sixth.

The Cougars fought hard to scrape back four of those runs in the sixth, but would ultimately fall 8-5. Seniors Whitney Clemens (2-for-3, double, RBI) and Morgan Kremer (2-for-3) boosted Cascade.

Senior Hailey Hannan worked seven innings and allowed 13 hits and four earned runs with one strikeout while squaring off against a stellar opponent in Anamosa’s Kalli Minger (nine strikeouts, seven hits, 4.00 ERA). The Raiders were also boosted by Ellie Tallman (four RBIs) in game one.

Anamosa won the nightcap, 10-3, after scoring three in the first, two in the second and three in the third inning. The Cougars responded admirably with a three-run fourth, but couldn’t make up for the early lapse in defensive play.

Hannan (2-for-4) led the Cascade hitting efforts, while senior Lidia Boefelli (2 ⅔ IP, six earned runs) and junior Samantha Recker (4 ⅔ IP, two earned runs) split time in the circle. Raider senior Jessie Frasher had herself a field day in the dirt going 2-for-5 with five RBIs. She was backed up by Grace Lubben 3-for-3, two RBIs and six strikeouts from Emily Waters (3-for-4, two stolen bases).

The Cougars bounced back from their outing against those Raiders by winning, 10-1, over Clayton Ridge. Cascade scratched a run across in the opening frame, but the Eagles tied it up with a run of their own in the fourth. It wasn’t until the sixth and seventh innings that the game was put to rest in a big way by the Cougars, who scored three and six, respectively, in those frames.

After a rough start earlier in the week, Hannan showed why she is the Cougar ace in a 10-strikeout, three hit effort in the circle. Eighth grade phenom Devon Simon went 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI, while sophomores Taylor Menster, Shannon Morris and Hannan added an RBI each. Clemens drew two walks and Gehl crossed the plate twice in the win.