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Holden Softball Team Opens Conference Play With Two Wins

Head First Into Conference Play… Lady Eagle center fielder Marah Klover (left) slides in safely during the fourth inning of Holden’s conference-opener against Knob Noster on Tuesday, September 6. The Lady Eagles defeated the Lady Panthers by the final score of 14-4. Photo by Steve Edwards

The Holden Lady Eagles softball team captured its first conference win of the season versus visiting Knob Noster by the final score of 14-4 on Tuesday, Sept. 6.

After falling behind by two runs early in the game, the Lady Eagles took control on the scoreboard by scoring four runs in the second inning, and putting up seven runs in the fourth.

A leadoff solo home run hit by Holden outfielder Faith Brown started the four-run second inning.

Lady Eagle Kameryn Rehfeldt highlighted the fourth inning by hitting a grand slam shot that scored teammates Kimmie Spring, Millie Davidson, and Brown ahead of her to put Holden ahead 11-4.

“It started with us not playing the way we wanted to play defensively,” said Holden softball head coach Jeff Smith. “Other than that, we finally got the bats going, got the momentum shifted in our direction, and never looked back from there.

“A couple big hits there, Faith with the big one, and then Kameryn with her big first high school home run, that I can remember, anyway. That was a huge one. It shifted the entire game, and put it out of reach.”

Freshman pitcher Jazzy Brown recorded 11 strikeouts in the start on the mound for the Lady Eagles.

“We started a freshman on the mound,” noted coach Smith. “That’s always promising. I thought she pitched pretty well. She needs that just to relax a little bit, just to get into a home game in front of a home crowd, and understand kind of how high school softball works…to get herself comfortable, because she’s going to be pitching a lot of innings in the future. She’s going to be a good pitcher.”

The Lady Eagles brought the 10-run rule into play in the sixth inning after Spring singled to start the bottom of the frame. Davidson plated Spring on a single. Two batters later, Lilee Keller doubled to score Davidson.

A Panther error on a ground ball by Rehfeldt allowed Keller to cross home plate to give the Lady Eagles the 10-point pad that ended the contest.

“A lot of the middle of our lineup has been hitting the ball well over the course of the last few games,” said coach Smith. “We’re going to win a lot of games, we’ve just got to clean it up defensively. We’ll get there.”

Rehfeldt finished with 4 RBIs on the grand slam home run. F. Brown had 1 RBI on her solo home run.

Davidson had 2 RBIs on 2 hits. Spring had 2 hits, and 1 RBI. Marah Klover recorded 1 RBI on 1 hit.

Maddie Sechrest and J. Brown each had 1 hit, and 1 RBI. Abby Sisk chipped in 1 hit on the night as the Lady Eagles totaled 11 hits in the game.

On the mound, J. Brown worked six innings in the start. She totaled 11 strikeouts, and allowed 4 walks.

The Holden softball team defeated conference opponent Lexington by the final score of 16-1 in a three-inning run-rule shortened game on Thursday, Sept. 2.

Holden Batting Versus Lexington: Lilee Keller – 3 hits, 3 RBI, 3 runs; Millie Davidson- 3 hits, 3 RBI, 2 runs; Marah Klover – 3 hits, 1 RBI, 3 run; Lilly Bay – 2 hits, 1 RBI, 3 runs; Faith Brown – 1 hit, 2 RBI, 1 run; Kameryn Rehfeldt – 1 hit, 1 RBI, 2 runs, 1 walk; Maddie Sechrest – 1 hit, 1 RBI; Alli Iles – 1 hit, 1 RBI; Riley Newton-Naumann – 1 RBI, 1 run, 1 walk; Haley Brooks – 1 RBI; Addilyn Wooster – 1 walk.
Holden Pitching Versus Lexington: Lilee Keller – 2 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 4 K, 1 BB; Addilyn Wooster – 1 IP, 1 H, 1 R, 0 ER, 1 K, 1 BB.

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