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MMC Eagles rally to beat K-P girls

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Base runner Kaylee Dreckman of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn races around third base while looking for a signal from coach Leo Hupke as the Kingsley-Pierson left fielder gathers in the ball during the Eagles' narrow 6-5 softball win in Cleghorn May 23rd. Photo by Paul Struck
CLEGHORN - The pesky Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn softball Eagles turned back a dangerous Kingsley-Pierson squad 6-5 in non-conference action here on May 23rd, in a game played in cold, blustery conditions.

Andrea Doeden went the distance to gain the pitching win for MMC, allowing five runs on seven hits and six walks, while striking out one.

The visiting Panthers staked claim to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning thanks to four walks and two Eagle errors. But Doeden settled down to quiet the K-P batters the rest of the way, giving up lone runs in the fifth and seventh innings.

To their credit, the Eagles answered the Panthers' early rally with one of their own, tallying all six runs in the bottom of the first off K-P pitcher Richards, while sending 11 batters to the plate.

MMC scored its runs after Whitney Walton, Alex Hoefling, and Kayla Foresman drew walks to lead off the inning, and Doeden singled to score two runs. Jackie Holmes then arrived on a fielder's choice, before Kaylee Dreckman and Stephanie Specht stroked RBI singles to give MMC a 6-3 lead they would not relinquish.

The Eagles totaled six runs on five hits and five walks from Richards. Walton, Hoefling, Doeden, and Dreckman each had a hit and run scored for the winners.

The busy Eagles, now 1-1 this season, play at Hinton Monday, at Orange City Unity Christian Tuesday, in Cleghorn against Akron-Westfield Wednesday, at West Sioux Hawarden Thursday, and host the Cleghorn Day Classic next Saturday.

The Eagles are coached this season by "retired" former Cherokee Washington High coaching legends Leo Hupke and Steve Blair.

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