The Capital City varsity softball tournament last weekend in Jefferson City can mean many things to different people, and for North Callaway the first thing this event had to offer on Friday was a game against Blair Oaks.
What followed was anything but indicative of the Ladybird's skill sets as they posted just three hits and made three errors before falling 10-0 in five innings. Having also allowed nine hits for the game, going 2-for-2 for North Callaway was Kallie Jo Lehenbauer and Erica Garrett went 1-for-2.
Getting pinned with the decision was Kenzie Ausfahl after allowing eight runs, one earned, in just under two innings on six hits and a walk with two strikeouts and Hayley Kimbley was in the circle the rest of the way and gave up two runs on three hits.
The Ladybird's then gave a completely opposite performance in the second game on Friday by racking up 19 hits to beat Fox (St. Louis) 12-0. Claiming the win was Ausfahl by allowing just two hits in five innings with eight strikeouts. She also had five hits, four steals, two runs and two RBI.
Saturday was much more competitive and began by falling behind Mexico 2-0 in the third inning prior to taking a 3-2 lead in the sixth before riding a late-game rally to come out ahead 7-2. Fueling this eight-hit performance for North Callaway was Lanie Wilson at 2-for-4 with a double, two RBI and two runs and Kimbley claimed the victory by giving up no runs on two hits and a walk with two strikeouts in three innings pitched. Ausfahl also started the game in the circle and then came back to get the save.
The Ladybird's final contest of the Capital City Tournament was a five-inning affair because of time against Oakville (St. Louis) that ended with a 9-6 defeat after putting up 11 hits and scoring four runs in the first and two in the fifth. Taking the loss was Kimbley after allowing six runs on seven hits with two strikeouts in two innings of work, Wilson was 3-for-3 with two runs and one RBI and Lehenbauer and Hannah Knipp both went 2-for-3 with a homerun with a combined five RBI and four runs.
North Callaway, 8-3 overall, is at Hallsville on Wednesday.