CAMANCHE - Four different athletes placed balls over the outfield fence for the Camanche softball team, lifting them to a 19-7 win over Mid-Prairie at home on Monday night.
The Indians’ homers brought their season total to 59, inching closer to the all-time home run record (68) with a handful of games remaining.
Madi Parson, Abby Stock, Abby Beal and Lauren Snyder all went yard for the Indians before the game was over, including Snyder’s sixth inning grand slam that pushed Camanche over the 10-run mark to effectively end the contest.
The four homers were a reminder of the power Camanche brings to the plate. The state leader in home runs had a couple of tough games against state ranked teams, seeing two hit-less performances off of pitchers from Davenport Assumption and West Liberty.
“Our quiet bats had a lot to do with who was throwing at us,” head coach Kevin Roling said. “Those were two of the better pitchers in the state who controlled us and we’re not unlike any one else in the state having trouble hitting those two.”
The scoring started right off the bat for the Indians with four hits and a walk in the first inning to bring in three runs. The second started off in similar fashion, with both Tarah Wehde and Cam Carstensen reaching base before Madi Parson cleared them with the first long ball of the night.
“We’re being a little more relaxed at the plate,” Roling said. “That’s always a good thing.”
They brought in one more in the third and had a big six-run fourth inning. Abby Stock started it off with a home run off of the first pitch of the inning and it escalated from there, helping the Indians jump out to a 13-3 lead. It looked like the game was nearing it’s end.
The Golden Hawks had an answer. They scored seven runs between the fourth and fifth innings, including an uncharacteristic two homers off of pitcher Abby Stock.
“We definitely could have gotten out of here a little earlier today by all means,” Roling said.
The Indians closed it out with a run in the fifth and five more in the sixth, topped off with the grand slam from Lauren Snyder.
The Class 3A No. 10 Indians improve to 30-6 and have another tough test on Wednesday on the road. They travel to Iowa City to take on Regina Catholic, the Class 2A No. 8 team. They return home next Monday for a doubleheader against West Delaware before taking on regionals next week. They play two postseason games at home.