The Pierce City Lady Eagles took third place in the Walnut Grove Tournament last weekend.
On Friday, the Lady Eagles defeated Fair Play 5-4 to open tournament play
|The Lady Hornets scored once in the top of the first.||Pierce City answered, scoring a run in the bottom of the first when Bailee Hayward singled and scored on Makina Kelly's double.|
Fair Play scored three times to push ahead 4-2.
Trailing by two and down to its last three outs, Pierce City rallied with three runs crossing the plate for a walk-off win.
Faith Strong started the inning by reaching second base. Brooke Ridenour singled to scored Strong. Hayward singled and then Kelly hit a double to score Ridenour and Hayward to give the Lady Eagles the 5-4 victory.
Hayward finished the game two for four with two singles, two runs scored and two stolen bases. Kelly went three for four with two doubles, a triple, three RBI and one run scored. Sara Stearns finished two for three at the plate with a double and a triple. Ashley added one RBI and Ridenour collected a single, one RBI, one run scored and one stolen base.
Pierce City's pitching duo of Monica Sexton and Mckenzie Moreland combined for the win.
Sexton allowed eight hits and two earned runs and struck out three in three innings. Moreland struck out five and allowed two hits and two earned runs.
On Saturday, Pierce City fell 4-2 to host Walnut Grove.
The Lady Tigers broke a scoreless tie with a run in the fourth inning. Pierce City immediately answered in their half of the inning with a run.
Gabrielle Phillips walked to open the frame and scored on a Jade Winsea double.
The Lady Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the fifth when Hayward hit a bunt single and stole second. Hayward scored on a Kelly single.
Walnut Grove answered with three runs in the top of the sixth to provide the final margin of victory.
Hayward finished the game two for three at the plate with two singles, one run scored and two stolen bases.
Kelly added a single, one RBI and one stolen base.
Also contributing for the Lady Eagles were: Moreland, one single; Phillips, one single; Shelby Hansen, one stolen base and one run scored while pinch running for Phillips; Winsea, one double and one RBI; and Strong, one single and stolen base.
Moreland allowed four earned runs on four hits and struck out four.
Pierce City bounced back from the loss to Walnut Grove to pick up a 5-1 victory over Marionville in the third place game.
The Lady Comets scored first in the second inning on a walk and two singles.
Pierce City answered with a three-run burst in the bottom of the second.
Stearns began the hit parade with a double. Moreland then scored Stearns with a single. Winsea then cleared the bases with her first career home run.
The Lady Eagles held Marionville scoreless the rest of the game and added two runs in the sixth inning to complete the scoring.
Stearns finished the game with two doubles, one RBI and two runs scored. Moreland added two singles and two RBI; and Winsea contributed a home run, two RBI and one run scored.
Moreland picked up the victory on the mound. She pitched seven innings allowed one earned run and struck out eight.
"We played really well defensively and pitched really well, but we struggled at the plate," said Pierce City coach Darin Henderson "That was a bit unusual for us. We need to put all three aspects of the game together.
"I thought we played very well against very good softball teams," added Henderson. "This was a tournament that made us better. We need this competition for later in the year."
Pierce City hosts Purdy on Friday. First pitch is set for 5 p.m.