The Belmond-Klemme softball team started the week traveling to Forest City June 7.
The Broncos struggled to find a groove as the Indians took a 13-0 lead in the first inning. Ava Negrete had the lone hit and Aubrey Eckhoff scored the only run as the Broncos lost in three innings, 15-1.
The Broncos hosted the Clarion-Goldfield-Dows on the following night.
Tough defense by both teams kept the game scoreless heading into the fourth inning. The Cowgirls scored two runs in the top of the inning and picked up two more runs in the fifth.
The Broncos answered back with one run in the bottom of the fifth. Madison Barrus led off with a walk and two stolen bases. Jennah Meyer hit a sacrifice fly that scored Barrus from third to make the score 4-1.
B-K added three runs in the sixth to tie the game. Ava Negrete led off with a walk. Addison McMurray and Madison Barrus both got on base – one with a hit and the other with a hit by pitch – loading the bases. Allison Barrus collected an RBI that scored Negrete, and Meyer followed up by ripping a two-RBI single that tied the game 4-4.
In the final inning, Molly Hartwig got on base by a Cowgirl error. Ella Negrete put the ball in play to score Hartwig as the Broncos clinched the 5-4 victory.
The Broncos hosted the Eagles from West Hancock June 9.
Madison and Allison Barrus and Ashlynn Willms all came across the plate to score to take the early 3-0 lead. B-K added four more runs by Allison Barrus, Willms and Jennah Meyer off a three-RBI double to deep centerfield by Molly Hartwig. Hartwig scored off a wild pitch as B-K led 7-0.
The Broncos continued the scoring pattern in the third, adding another two runs by Allison Barrus and Willms with singles by Meyer and Hartwig.
The Eagles scored two runs in the fourth, but B-K added five runs on a walk to Aubrey Eckhoff, singles by Addison McMurray and Madison Barrus, and RBI singles by Allison Barrus and Willms. B-K won 14-2.
On June 10, the Broncos traveled to Humboldt. The last time the Broncos won against the Wildcats was in 2009, and that was the last year B-K qualified for the state softball tournament.
B-K started the first inning putting up five runs. Addison McMurray singled to centerfield and advanced to second base on an outfielder’s error. Madison Barrus followed with a single and stolen base. Allison Barrus scored McMurray off a single. Singles by Jennah Meyer, Ava Negrete and Emilee Dougherty gave the Broncos a 5-0 lead. Emilee Dougherty was the starting pitcher and she dominated in her first varsity start of the season. The Wildcats had three runs of their own to close out the first.
In the next inning, McMurray, Madison and Allison Barrus loaded the bases before Ashlynn Willms hit the first grand slam of the game. B-K led 9-3. Jennah Meyer followed Willms with a single and then scored on a single by McMurray. The Wildcats added another run in the second.
It was the third inning when the Bronco offense came alive. Madison Barrus – with a full count while the bases were loaded – hit the second grand slam for the Broncos and put B-K up 18-3. The Broncos added runs by Willms and Allison Barrus to close out the top of the third inning ahead 20-3. The Wildcats came up short against the unstoppable Broncos, losing 20-5.