The Cascade Cougars softball team got in the winners’ column twice against the Camanche Indians June 1. The Cougars followed up the 14-6 thumping they gave the Indians with a 9-0 rout in the nightcap.
In the first game, Cascade jumped to a 5-0 lead. The Cougars already lead 1-0 coming into the inning. They used a walk, a hit batsmen, and a perfect bunt by Claudia Noonan to load the bases. Julia Ludwig promptly unloaded them with a bloop single to make it 4-0. Ludwig stole second and ended up on third due to a throwing error. Devin Simon doubled down the left-field line to drive in Ludwig.
The Indians rallied to get within 5-3 in the third inning but Cascade put runs on the board in the third, fourth, and fifth innings to take an 8-3 lead into the sixth.
Cougar relief pitcher Alyssa Lux, who took over for starter Devin Simon in the fifth, retired the first two Indian batters in the sixth before running into trouble by walking the bases loaded. After a field error by the Cougars and a sharply hit double the Indians were back in striking distance at 8-6. Kate Green came on in relief to get the final out and repel the Indian rally.
Cascade batters then removed all doubt from the contest in the bottom of the sixth as they pounded Indian pitching for six runs. Alyssa Koppes, Briannna Koppes, and Freshman Claudia Noonan all drove in runs.
Green pitched an uneventful seventh and the Cougars had their first win of the year.
Cougar coach, Sonya McCormick, was pleased with the team’s aggressiveness in the batter’s box. “We came out with stronger bats and being more aggressive in swings with better pitches. I think this [win] provides us with a good confidence boost and we’re ready to take on the rest of the week with tough teams.”
Traveling to Maquoketa for another doubleheader June 4, the Cougars dropped both games, bringing their overall record to 2-4.
In the first game, both the Cougars and Cardinals put two on the board in the first, but Maquoketa ran away in the third, scoring three more before putting up another in the fifth. The Cougars rallied in the top of the sixth for two more runs, but ultimately lost 4-6.
The second game looked better for the Cougars initially — after Maquoketa scored in the first, the Cougars answered in the second with a run and then added four more in the top of the third. Maquoketa responded by putting up two in the third, one in the fourth and a nail-in-the-coffin five runs in the fifth to cement the Cougars’ 6-9 loss.