The Le Mars softball team cruised towards another MRAC sweep on Thursday night over Sioux City West. The Bulldogs run-ruled the Wolverines in five innings in game one by a score of 11-1 and in four innings in game two by the score of 19-7.
Le Mars’ offense was on another level in their wins scoring 30 combined runs in nine innings. The Bulldogs were getting a little bit of everything from all hitters in the lineup with nearly everyone scoring or driving in a run in game two. Head Coach Brooke Harder says the Bulldogs have focused on being versatile hitters this season, and that work is showing on the scoreboard.
Part of the success for the Bulldogs has also been their baserunning. Whether it is stealing bases, going first to third on a hit, or hustling out a double, the Bulldogs have valued the extra 60 feet on the bases. Coach Harder says that has been a huge emphasis for the offense as long as they are taking that extra base wisely.
The bats may have had the spotlight for most of the night, but the pitching was performing at a strong level too. Lizzie Koonce allowed just one run in a nice game one start. Kylie Hofmann had a nice comeback after allowing six runs in the first inning of game two. Coach Harder says Hofmann’s fight in the circle has been impressive.
The Bulldogs retain their first-place spot in the MRAC standings improving to 7-1 in the league to start the year. Le Mars has now won seven games in a row in MRAC play and is 9-3 overall. Coach Harder says there are still plenty of little things the Bulldogs need to get better at to reach their full potential.
Le Mars gets right back at it with a matchup at home against Storm Lake. KLEM Radio will broadcast the game live on Friday night.