Duns’ HR sparks Hawks to 7-run win over Perry
6 SH players rattle off multiple hits
ROLAND — There’s just something about a home run that puts that extra skip in a step.
The screams from the dugout are just a little louder than usual. Those smiles are a little wider. And the momentum swing is instant.
“It just boosts everyone’s adrenaline,” South Hamilton sophomore Zoey Duns said after she belted her third home run of the season against Perry at the Roland Kiwanis Tournament on Friday. “When you see someone crank the ball, it just bumps everyone up.”
Duns’ blast — a second-inning two-run shot that escaped Bill Hennessy Field via left-center — picked South Hamilton (8-11) up at just the right moment. The Hawks trailed Perry 3-0 before Duns turned on the Jayna Kenney offering, and it sparked a five-run outburst that helped propel the team to an 11-4 victory.
The contest ended in the sixth inning due to the tournament time limit.
South Hamilton piled up 12 hits, nine of which came after Duns went yard. Duns, Tanna Thompson, Mackenzy Grady, Kate Barkema, Emma Lewis and Kaylee Oskvig all cracked two knocks.
“We were ecstatic,” Duns said of the Hawks’ offensive performance. “Hopefully this game represents what South Hamilton softball is.”
Four of the Hawks’ hits came in the second inning. A Grady RBI sacrifice fly to left field evened the game at 3, and just a few pitches later Barkema roped the ball into right that scored two more to give South Hamilton the lead for good.
A Thompson base knock into left in the third scored Anna Lammers to make it 6-3. Kaylee Oskvig added an RBI single in the fourth, part of a three-run frame, and Grady and Brenna Barquist both plated runs in the fifth.
The run support was just what freshman Makena Galetich was looking for, as she went the distance in the circle to secure the win. After giving up three first-inning hits, she was tagged for just five more over the final five innings.
Galetich worked out of jams in the second and sixth innings without yielding a run. She struck out four against just one walk.
N. Polk 8, SH 1
South Hamilton wrapped up Day 1 of the Kiwanis tourney with a loss to North Polk Friday afternoon.
The Hawks were limited to three hits — singles by Grady, Lammers and Galetich. Grady drove in the team’s only run.
Lammers allowed 14 hits in the circle, but only four of North Polk’s runs were earned.
SH 18, C-NESCO 3
Grady flexed on Colo-NESCO Saturday morning, as the junior hit her fifth and sixth home runs of the season in a 15-run, five-inning rout for the Hawks.
South Hamilton piled up 20 hits and 15 RBIs in all. Grady finished 3 for 4 with three RBIs, and Emma Lewis added three knocks, including a double. Thompson, Barquist, Oskvig and Galetich all had two hits.
Galetich claimed her second straight pitching win, as she gave up just three hits and struck out two.
ADM 17, SH 1
Third-ranked (Class 4A) ADM cranked four home runs and scattered 18 hits against Lammers in a five-inning win to wrap up the tournament on Saturday.
Duns bashed her second long ball of the tournament and fourth of the season. Grady added a double and Galetich a single.
SH 11, Perry 4
Friday at Roland
Perry 210 100 — 4 8 4
SH 051 32x — 11 12 3
Jayna Kenney and Callie Steva. Makena Galetich and Mackenzy Grady. W — Galetich. L — Kenney. Multiple hits — PER: Kenney, Taylor Atwell; SH: Grady, Tanna Thompson, Kate Barkema, Emma Lewis, Zoey Duns, Kaylee Oskvig. 2B — PE: Jasmine Shriver. HR — SH: Duns. RBI — PE: Kenney (2), Lydia Olejniczak, Maci Tunink; SH: Grady (2), Barkema (2), Duns (2), Thompson, Oskvig, Brenna Barquist.