Cascade’s first three opponents last week boasted a combined record of 43-3 thus far this summer. This group, consisting of Camanche (17-0), North Linn (17-2), and West Liberty (9-1), gave the Cougars a bit more than they could handle in four straight losses before Cascade (now 4-7) bounced back with wins over Central Elkader and HLV Saturday.
“It’s early in the season and we’ve played some very good teams already, including a doubleheader against undefeated Camanche,” second year Cascade coach Ron Lehman said, “Still, we thought we’d play a bit better than we did. Our defense came back to bite us sometimes.”
The doubleheader at Camanche, June 3, saw the Indians defeat the visitors, 7-0 and 7-1, respectively, to snag their 11th and 12th wins of the season. Freshman Abby Beal and senior Abby Stock both went yard in game one for Camanche, while freshman Lauren Snyder added another long ball with three RBIs in game two.
Stock was in the circle in the first game and held the Cougars to just three hits while striking out eight. Cascade senior Morgan Kremer hit a double while her classmates Addy Weber and Mae Felton added a hit and a stolen base apiece.
Indian junior Tarah Wehde continued that dominance in game two, allowing five hits, one earned run and eight strikeouts. Both teams scored their only runs of the game in the fifth, with eighth grader Devin Simon going 2-for-4 with a double and the only Cougar RBI of the game. Kremer, Madison Gehl and Felton each hit another double for the visitors, but Cascade was unable to capitalize beyond its lone run.
The Cougars had little time to reflect as they traveled to West Liberty the following day, where they were swept, 8-0, in a standalone outing. The Comets outhit Cascade 15-6 as junior Brittney Harned went 3-for-4 with three RBIs and senior Isabelle True struck out nine to secure the shutout from the circle.
A few days rest brought the Cougars to the Springville Tournament, June 8. Cascade opened with a 12-0 victory over Central Elkader (2-11) and finished the day with a 4-2 charge past HLV (3-7)
“We kind of needed that, the kids were down a little bit. This helps them so we can restart again for next week,” Lehman said of the weekend. “Sam Recker had her first win against Central Decatur and (Kremer) had a great hitting game against HLV.”
Recker and her Cougars needed just three innings to win the first one, striking out two from the circle while allowing the same amount of hits. Simon (2-for-3, two stolen bases) and Felton (1-for-1, two stolen bases) drove in a pair of runs each to help Cascade nab the bounce back win. The Cougars opened the first frame with a single run, stacked another six in the second and added five more in the third to earn the mercy rule victory.
Kremer put up three doubles in three plate appearances with one RBI against HLV. Sophomore Taylor Menster went 2-for-2 with an RBI and two stolen bases, while senior Whitney Clemens and Gehl knocked in a run each as well. Hailey Hannan struck out a pair while allowing four hits and no earned runs in the win.