Vinton-Shellsburg comes out on top against Denver softball 7-5
By Sean Kiefer
Images provided by The Scrappy Trib

After a big home opening win against Dike-New Hartford, the Denver Cyclones faced off against the Vinton-Shellsburg Vikettes on the night of June 25. In this game there were several twists and turns that included home runs, strategic playing, and much more.
In the first innings, pitchers for both teams kept the board scoreless. Katelyn O’Brien for the Vikettes held the Cyclones’ bats at bay, as did Sydney Eggena for the Cyclones. The Denver ladies got on the board in the second inning after #25 Chardonnay Hubert singled to get on base and slowly made her way around through steals and errors. Eventually, a groundout would bring her home, making the score 1-0 in Denver’s favor.

The Vikettes quickly responded to the Cyclones in the 3rd inning. After Brylee Bruce made her way on base after a hit by pitch, Sophia Kreutner launched a ball over the fence for a 2-run home run to make the score 2-1 in the Vikettes’ favor.

In the bottom of the third, Emily Herbst started off the inning with a bang, a leadoff triple to center field. After her triple, Reese Johnson was walked, but, on the last ball, the ball was dropped, allowing for Herbst to steal home and tie the game up at 2 apiece.

After this, the Cyclones and Vikettes would stay neck-and-neck with each other with Eggena leading the infield on the mound.

In the top of the 5th, the Vikettes got back their lead. Kreutner was able to launch a double deep into the outfield, bringing a runner to make the score 3-2 for Vinton-Shellsburg. Lauren Upmeyer followed this up with another double that brought Kruetner in and made the score 4-2 with Vinton ahead.

Vinton would add again to their lead in the 6th, after Kallea Christy and Raeleigh Schult singled and advanced to 3rd and second, respectively, with Olivia Erdhart grounding out to bring in a runner to make the score 5-2. Brylee Bruce would single after this and bring in another runner to make the score 6-2 heading into the bottom of the 6th.

In the bottom of the 6th, Eggena started off the inning with a bang, a leadoff triple. Herbst would bring her in to lessen the Vikette lead to 6-3.

In the 7th inning, the Vikettes would add one final run to their lead, a home run from Upmeyer to make the score 7-3 Vinton. In the bottom of the 7th, the Cyclones were in a corner, but tried to begin a comeback, starting with Morgan Smith’s triple that brought in Chardonnay Hubert who was on base from a single previously. With the score 7-4, Bailey Nuss singled to bring in Smith, shortening the gap to 7-5. However, Denver’s comeback would end here, as they recorded two groundouts to end the game right after.

Great job to all ladies & coaches - well played.
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