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Girls bats come alive!
After a string of seven straight losses from May 22 to May 29, the Denver Girls Softball Teams bats started coming alive on May 31 with a 15-8 win at Dike-New Hartford. This was followed closely the next day, June 1, with an 11-1 win over Aplington Parkersburg at home, then two more victories and a loss on June 3. The girls lost one contest June 3 to South Hamilton, 4-19. They ended up with two wins, 10-5 over Dike New Hartford; then reversed an early season loss to Janesville 8-7 in a tight game.

In the June 3 Janesville game, Eighth Grader Emily Herbst socked a triple, scored 3 RBIs and stole two bases. Freshman Natalie Harberts knocked out a two-bagger scoring an RBI. Other hits were by Madison Thurm and Haley Barkau. Freshman pitcher Jaden McMahon was credited with the win.

In the 10-5 win over DNH that same day, Herbst hit a double, scored two RBIs and stole 3 bases. Pitcher McMahon, again credited with the win, also had two hits, including a triple, and stole 2 bases. Barkau, a junior who plays second base, had two hits, both of them doubles. Others hits were by Harberts, who sent home 3 teammates; Kambrie Clinton; Mallory Steege, with an RBI; Kelly Judas with an RBI; and Marissa Stock, with two RBIs.

In the 11-1 rout over Aplington Parkersburg on June 1, three Denver girls doubled: Pitcher Jaden McMahon, who also got an RBI, and the pitching win; Kellie Judas, who had three total hits and three RBIs; and Kambrie Clinton. Other hits were by Madison Thurm, with an RBI and two stolen bases; Marissa Stock, with three RBIs; Haley Barkau with an RBI and two stolen bases; and Mallory Steege with an RBI and a stolen base.

In the May 31, 15-8 win over Dike-New Hartford that broke Denvers long losing streak, McMahon again pitched the win, going all seven innings. Her only hit, a two-bagger, resulted in 3 RBIs, and she also stole a base. Haley Barkaus three hits in this game included a single, a double and a home run. She ended up with two RBIs and three stolen bases. Mallory Steege drove in four runs on two hits, including a double. She also stole two bases. Other hits were by Kellie Judas, with an RBI; Madison Thurm with an RBI and a stolen base; and Emily Herbst with a stolen base.
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