But La Salle cant get the timely hit in a 3-0 loss to Madras

The La Salle Falcons split in last week’s Tri-Valley Conference softball openers, dropping North Marion 6-4 on April 4, after losing to Class 4A state power Madras 3-0 earlier in the week.

“We just didn’t string the hits together like we’ve been doing,” La Salle coach Walt Stockfleth said of the loss to Madras. “They have a pretty good pitcher. She moves the ball in and out and she’s pretty good about pitching her way out of a jam.”

The Falcons reached Madras pitcher Jamie Moe for five hits, and they threatened in the fifth and seventh innings. They had runners at first and second in the fifth, when Moe retired the side with a fielder’s choice and a strikeout; and they had runners at first and second in the seventh, when Moe ended the game with a strikeout.

For the game, Moe recorded seven strikeouts and issued two free passes. The White Buffaloes reached La Salle sophomore Loryn Williams (5 strikeouts, 4 walks) for 10 hits and two earned runs.

Thursday’s game at North Marion was a different story. The Falcons cranked up their bats for 12 hits and they only struck out twice. And Williams threw a one-hitter, striking out nine and walking four, while allowing just two earned runs.

Still, it wasn’t until the fifth inning that the Falcons put their winning runs in the book. With the score tied at 4-4, La Salle scored two runs in the fifth on singles by Beka Leone, Paige Bell, Shannon Stockfleth and Makenzie Cook, a walk and a sacrifice bunt by Katie Allais. Stockfleth plated the game-winner.