High School Softball
By Brandon Hurley
Greene County senior Sydney Koch’s third home run in as many games and a seven-run second inning powered the Rams to a come-from-behind, 9-6 win over Nevada on senior night Wednesday in softball action.
The left-fielder was three-for-four at the plate, collecting two RBI and two runs scored. Fellow senior Carleigh Paup added a run-scoring single and two runs scored and a stolen base in her last game on the Jefferson diamond.
The Rams (10-11) stumbled into an early 4-0 deficit after one inning Wednesday, but came alive in the second, as they ran across seven runs and grasped control of the game,
Freshman Megan Carey and sophomore Jenna Beyers knocked in two runs apiece to go with RBI from Paup and Koch in the momentum-shifting second inning,
On the mound, junior starter Hannah Promes settled in after struggling to contain the Cubs’ offense in the opening inning, going the full seven innings to secure the victory. She allowed just four earned runs, striking out seven with one walk. She stifled the Nevada bats in the middle innings, tossing four straight scoreless frames.
The Cubs threatened once more in the sixth, scoring twice to trim Greene County’s lead to 8-6, but Promes shut down the opposing hitters one final time, blanking the Cubs in the top of seventh.
Beyers was two-for-four on the night. Sophomores Samantha Hardaway and Laurin Lyons each collected a hit in the win as well.
Paup (.429) and Koch (.357) hold on to the No. 2 and No. 3 spots on the team for batting average while Koch leads the Rams in RBI with 21. Her senior night dinger pushed her season total to five as well and bumped her team-leading slugging percentage to .671.
Paup is the team leader in doubles with 10.
Promes picked up her eighth win of the season and boasts a 3.66 ERA.
The Rams are now in the midst of a two-game win streak, after shaking off a three-game skid. They are on the road Thursday as they take on St. Edmond in Fort Dodge.