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Grady goes yard for SH softball in loss to Saydel

Brenna Barquist sprints towards third base during South Hamilton’s softball setback against the Eagles on Wednesday. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

JEWELL — The South Hamilton softball team had plenty of offense at the Mike Penning Athletic Complex Wednesday night, but a sub-par defensive performance proved costly in a 17-7, 6-inning Heart of Iowa Conference loss to Saydel.

The Eagles (4-5, 2-3 HOIC) took advantage of six Hawk errors, smacked 12 hits and scored three or more runs in four of their at bats to cruise to the win.

“The most outstanding statistic was the 17 runs they scored on 12 hits, that tells you a lot about how we played defensively,” South Hamilton head coach Harry McMaken said. “The errors came at real inopportune times and we could never really shut them down.”

South Hamilton (2-2, 2-2 HOIC) rattled off 10 hits, highlighted by Mackenzy Grady’s first varsity home run — a two-run blast in the second inning that pulled the Hawks even at 4. Grady eventually scored to briefly give her team the lead.

Emma Lewis, Anna Lammers and Emmaly Fields all laced two hits in the loss. Lammers, who had two RBIs, doubled moments before Grady’s dinger. Brenna Barquist and Kaylee Oskvig both singled.

Emma Lewis whips the ball to first for an out during South Hamilton’s 17-7 loss to Saydel on Wednesday in Jewell. DFJ photo/Angela Hewitt

Rachel Barton paced Saydel with three doubles, and she was one of three Eagles with multiple hits.

Hawks’ pitcher Jessi Harms was responsible for all 12 hits; she surrendered 11 earned runs and walked three to go along with five strikeouts.

South Hamilton will be at Gilbert this evening.

Saydel 17, South Hamilton 7

Wednesday at Jewell

Saydel 403 415 — 17 12 5

S. Ham 141 010 — 7 10 6

Mariah Cockerham and Brooklyn Leydens. Jessi Harms and Mackenzy Grady. WP — Cockerham. LP — Harms. Multiple hits — Rachel Barton (3), Rylee Carney, Delaney Shinn; SH: Emma Lewis, Anna Lammers, Emily Fields. 2B — SAY: Barton (3), Barney, Shinn; SH: Lammers. HR — SH: Grady. RBI — SAY: Carney (3), Barton (3), Shinn (2), Leydens (2), Kaydence Butters, Cadence Dhabolt, Kathryn Van Houten; SH: Lammers (2), Grady (2), Fields, Kate Barkema, Kaylee Oskvig.

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