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Lady Lions starts softball season with four consecutive victories

By Giovanni Coronel

KALONA

In a game where scoring was difficult, the Ravens found themselves in the driver’s seat by building a three-point lead over the Lady Lions going into the 7th.

Lone Tree, who hasn’t lost to Hillcrest since 2017, had to rally to keep their winning streak against the Ravens intact and as if on cue, their offense came alive in the top of the seventh.

The Lady Lions turned the tables on their conference foe, erasing their deficit, taking the lead and eliminating Hillcrest in the bottom of the seventh inning to win the game 7-5 on May 28.

With no runs scored in the first three innings, the defense dominated the beginning of the game.

Hillcrest finally broke its scoring drought in the bottom of the fourth inning when junior Lydia Beachy hit a sacrifice fly to bring home fellow junior Malia Yoder. The Ravens doubled their score in the same inning when Delaney Shaw stole home plate on a pitching error.

With the scoring seal finally broken, Lone Tree made its first appearance on the scoreboard in the top of the fifth inning when junior Alex Dautremont hit an RBI double and senior Hogan brought home Eden, but the Ravens had an answer.

By scoring three runs in the bottom of the fifth, Hillcrest took its biggest lead of the evening, 5-1. It was during this inning that Lone Tree made a pitching change, from Abby Zaruba to Dautremont.

Lone Tree scored just one run in the top of the sixth inning, setting up a 7th inning where Hillcrest just had to keep Lone Tree from tying the game to get the win.

The Lady Lions saved their best for last, scoring five points to take the lead. Now it was Lone Tree’s turn to prevent Hillcrest from scoring and taking the win.

Dautremont closed the door on the Ravens, who struck out the first batter, caught an infield pop fly and struck out another to complete the comeback win.

Yoder led the Ravens in hits (3) and RBIs (2). She also pitched a complete game, striking out nine Lone Tree batters.

The Lady Lions were led in goals (3) by Eden. It was a team effort when it came to RBIs, with Dautremont, Ava Christofferson, Kayleigh Rundlett and Rylee Shield all driving in one run.

Dautremont also got the win on the mound, giving up only one hit and striking out five Ravens.

Lone Tree 13, New London 1

In their home opener, the Lady Lions made sure the home crowd went home happy when they took care of business in four innings against the New London Tigers on May 29.

Lone Tree, after taking a 3-1 lead after two and a half innings, broke the game open in the bottom of the third inning by scoring seven runs. The Lady Lions extended their lead when they scored three more times in the fourth, ending the game early.

It was a great at bat for senior Lila Bell. Bell came to the plate three times and connected with the ball all three times, hitting two singles and a double. Her hits produced a team-leading three RBIs.

As a team, Lone Tree had 14 hits with Bell, Rylee Shield and Sami Branson all recording a team high of three hits each.

The victory on the mound for Lone Tree was achieved by Alex Dautremont. Dautremont pitched four innings and gave up four hits, one run, walked one batter and retired three batters.

Lone Tree 13, Beijing 1

Following a similar script from their last game, the Lady Lions roared ahead in front of their home crowd to take a big early game lead, eventually defeating the Pekin Panthers in four innings on May 30.

With this win, Lone Tree keeps their record perfect at 4-0 and improves their conference record to 2-0.

The Panthers scored their first and only run in the top of the first inning, but the Lady Lions responded in kind by tying the game in the bottom of the first inning, then putting the game to bed in the next inning brought.

With 10 runs in the bottom of the second, Lone Tree took a commanding 11-1 lead before scoring three more in the third, ending the game early.

As a team, Lone Tree recorded 11 hits, with Alex Dautremont, Rylee Shield and Cate Sexton all connecting for a team high of two hits. Sexton also led the team with two RBIs.

Pitching three innings for Lone Tree and getting the win on the mound was Abby Zaruba, who allowed two hits and one run and struck out four Pekin batters.

Next up for Lone Tree (4-0) is a home game against conference foe Louisa-Muscatine (5-2) on June 6.