(Photo by Brent Shipman, Staff)
BENTON -- Just three days after losing to the Scott City Lady Rams in the semifinals of Notre Dame Softballfest, the Kelly Lady Hawks got a little revenge Tuesday afternoon.
Trailing by a run to the visiting Lady Rams entering the bottom of the fourth, the Lady Hawks rallied for three runs in the frame in route to a 4-1 win.
"It was disheartening to lose to them (Saturday) because we didn't play well and they hit the ball well and we didn't," Kelly coach Melanie Heuring said of her team's 10-4 loss. "So it was good to come back and get that win against them today."
Tuesday's contest started out as more of a pitcher's duel as the Lay Rams' Becky Burger and Lady Hawks' Kristen Powell were throwing shutouts through the first three innings.
Finally, after only allowing two hits up to that point, Powell saw Scott City's Macy Hall score the go-ahead run in the fourth when Hall sent a shot over the center field fence to give the Lady Rams a 1-0 lead.
That lead would disappear quickly, however, as Kelly's Kristen Vetter scored Jade Rampley from second on a drive to deep left-center leaving Vetter with a double and tying the game.
Rounding out the Lady Hawks three-run rally, Emily Grojean and Kaitlin Glastetter each drove in a run with bases loaded singles to make it a 3-1 ball game.
Kelly went on to add one more insurance run when Kaitlin Glastetter laid down a sacrifice bunt in the sixth, scoring Darbe Backfisch from third.
In Scott City's last chance to rally in the seventh, Jenna Cummins reached with a one out walk, followed by two straight ground balls back to the pitcher to end the game.
"I felt like we didn't come out as aggressive as we've been in the last couple of weeks," Lady Rams coach Amy Pobst said. "We were laying back watching pitches instead of being aggressive going after them. Powell did a good job of taking advantage of that I thought."
Scott City collected three hits on the game including Hall's solo home run and singles by Lindsay Kern and Shelby Rhymer.
As for Kelly, the Lady Hawks combined for five hits with Rampley leading the way going 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.
"We just came out, knew we had to win and we went after what we wanted," Rampley said. "It was awesome to see it. Everybody just wanted it really bad and we came out ready to go."
Going the full seven innings Powell picked up the win, allowing one-run on three hits and three walks while striking five. After allowing Hall's home run in the fourth, Powell wouldn't surrender another hit in the final 3 1/3 innings.
"Kristen did well keeping the ball low and away from their hands," Heuring said. "With those smart pitches our defense was able to back her up with just little grounders and stuff easy to field."
Next up, Kelly (6-2) will take on visiting Sikeston today at 4 p.m. while Scott City (5-2) travels to Fredericktown Thursday to play the Lady Cats at 4 p.m.
Scott City 000 100 0 - 1
Kelly 000 301 x - 4
WP -- Kristen Powell. LP -- Becky Burger. Multiple hitters -- (K) Jade Rampley 2-3. 2B -- (K) Rampley, Kristen Vetter. HR -- (SC) Macy Hall.