WINFIELD — It was a season of mostly ups for the Winfield-Mt. Union softball team, but the Wolves suffered a down on Thursday night at the hands of Brooklyn-Guernsey-Malcom, better known as BGM.
The Wolves took an early lead but saw it squandered in the fourth inning when the meat of the BGM lineup came through with two runs, all the Bears would need to pull off the road upset, 2-1.
Starting pitcher Madie Anderson was dominant through the first three innings, and she helped herself in the first frame. After a one-out walk from Carlee Sloan and a single by Anna Anderson, Madie scored Sloan on a groundout to the second basemen. That gave the Wolves a 1-0 lead through one, and it would stay 1-0 for the next two innings.
W-MU had their chances early on against BGM starter Kelsey Lint, but a couple of outs on the bases stifled W-MU scoring chances in the second and third frames. In the fourth, Kelsey’s twin sister, Kaylee Lint, delivered the biggest blow of the night, a two-run double that gave BGM a 2-1 lead.
W-MU couldn’t get their offense off the ground in the final three innings. Madie kept the game at 2-1 and W-MU had a shot in the bottom of the seventh, but like many chances before, it didn’t result in any runs.
Senior Liana Sweezer led the bottom of the seventh off with an infield single. Sweezer blooped one past the pitcher that fell in front of the second baseman. She hustled over to first and gave the Wolves life with no outs and a runner on first.
A strikeout and a groundout put Sweezer on second base with two outs. Nine-hitter Emma Haines came up to the plate and grounded one that deflected off BGM first baseman Rachel Weiss, but Weiss was able to scramble to get the ball and touch first base just before Haines did to end the threat.
“We hit it right to somebody just about all night long,” W-MU head coach Walt Jackson said after the game. “We didn’t make them work for it very much. I’m not sure how many strikeouts we ended up having, but I know it wasn’t very many, so we put bat on ball, were just hitting it right to somebody.”
W-MU sprinkled in six hits against the Bears. BGM had just three. Sloan led the Wolves going 1-2 with a run scored. Madie ended the night 1-3 with an RBI.
Madie gave up two earned runs on three hits and no walks over her seven innings of work. She struck out 13 batters, which puts her at 291 for the year, the leader in Class 1A.
W-MU lost a few seniors, most notably Sweezer and Naya Silva, both of whom were regulars in the starting lineup, but the top seven hitters on the team will be back next season.
“We lost three seniors, but the core of this group are sophomores and below with one junior,” Coach Jackson said. “The future looks really bright.”
BGM moved on to face Lynville-Sully in the regoinal semifinals on Friday, July 12. North Mahaska will host Sigourney on the same date with the winners meeting up on Monday, July 15, for a shot at the Class 1A state tournament.