Tuscola’s softball team jumped out early with a three spot in the top of the first but gave away the lead as fast as they had taken allowing six runs to cross the plate in the bottom half of the frame in a game at Warrensburg this Friday, April 13.
Ashton Smith entered in relief in the first and settled things down on that side of the ball, while starter Kaitlyn Reifsteck switched roles by fueling a Warrior offensive onslaught that secured the 12-9 come-from-behind Central Illinois Conference victory.
Smith was credited with the victory entering the game down three. The junior gave up three runs on seven hits and a walk while registering 11 K’s in seven innings of work. Reifsteck remained in the game as a designated hitter going 2 for 2 in the contest with two doubles and an RBI.
The Warriors opened with a single by Isabelle Shelmadine then took full advantage of three straight errors by the Cardinals ands a single by Allison Clark to put three on the board early. Warrensburg answered with a grand slam and two more runs before a run was registered to go in front 6-3 after one inning of action. Tuscola moved back in front one frame later posting four runs on five hits. Ashtyn Clark led off with a single and scored on a double by Shelmadine who in turn moved on a single by Kendyl Ring and scored on a three run blast by Alexis Koester. Jackie Watson singled as well in the stanza but was left.
Reifsteck opened the third with a double kick starting a two-run frame that also included a single by Koester putting the Warriors in front 9-7. Reifsteck doubled in the fourth, as well, driving in a run before Shelmadine went yard in the fifth, keeping Tuscola in front 11-7. Koester drove in an insurance run in the seventh helping the Warriors to the 12-9 victory. The three seniors Koester, Ashtyn Clark, and Shelmadine recorded three hits apiece, while combining for six RBI’s. Next up was Reifsteck and Watson who each reached safely twice.
Tuscola posted two more wins earlier in the week beating both Arcola and St. Teresa by the ten-run rule. In between the two was a 3-0 loss to Central A&M on Wednesday.