Every so often a long bus ride or car trip can leave a varsity softball team leaving a certain kind of way.
Perhaps it's not something Community R-6 was all that open in discussing after all the time it took to get to Slater on Tuesday, but once it was time to get on the diamond, the gloves were off and this group started swinging for the fences. In fact you could say the Lady Trojans put on a bit of a fireworks display that day because they started scoring early and often and literally wouldn't stop until somebody made them, which culminated in a 21-0 three inning mercy victory.
"We traveled a long way for our game against Slater and still came out strong for all three innings. Dalaney Bowers pitched a no hitter along with being 1for-3 at the plate," said coach Madison Henke. "I was very proud about the intensity that the girls came out with last night. We have worked hard during the summer and season to be disciplined when we step up to the plate. It is nice when we can string hits together and put runs on the board early in the game where we have struggled with that in the past."
With the squads next game taking place Friday at Sturgeon, going 2-for-4 at the plate was Natalie Thomas, Katie Bertels came off the bench to add two hits in two at-bats and coming through with a hit each were Delanie Windmann, Madde Gastler, Sadie Hoyt, Deann Brooks, Emmi Johnson, Taren Clark and Emma Angel. For the game CR-6 had 12 hits.
Cairo came to Laddonia on Manday and defeated the Lady Trojans 9-7 despite hits from Brooks, Johnson and Windmann. Thomas was also 2-for-4 and Angel added a double in three trips to the plate.
"We were on top for the first couple innings and had one bad inning where Cairo scored six runs," said Henke. "Angel pitched a great game but the errors on the field during the third inning was hard to come back from."
Community R-6, 3-2 overall, 2-2 Capital Activities Conference, is at Sturgeon Friday in league action and over the weekend the squad is at the Cairo varsity tournament.