The Belmond-Klemme softball team had a busy week, finishing off conference play. B-K hosted the West Fork Warhawks June 24 to start off the week.
Haley Beminio was the starting pitcher and had a great first inning. In the top of the second, the Warhawks scored four runs due to a few errors by the defense. The Broncos put a run on the board as lead-off batter Allie Barrus doubled to the fence and scored on a single by Ashlynn Willms.
The Warhawks added another six runs in the third and fourth innings on six hits. The Broncos battled back in the fifth, as Addison McMurray and Madi Barrus led off with singles. Beminio kept her hitting streak alive with a two-RBI single making the score 11-3. Allie Barrus, in the bottom of the fifth, led off with another double, eventually scoring on a wild pitch. Taylor Grissom followed with a double, but was left stranded.
WF added five runs in the last inning as the visitors took the victory, 16-4.
B-K travelled to Rockford on the following night for a nail bitter. The Warriors were the first to score as three runs would cross the plate in the opening inning. The Broncos answered back as Maddison Dougherty led off with a double to right center field. Molly Hartwig and Jennah Meyer reached first on a walk and error, respectively, that scored Dougherty. Addison McMurray and Madi Barrus each followed with singles, pushing the score to 4-3. Rockford added three runs in their half of the inning.
B-K scored one run in the third and two runs in the fourth. McMurray hit a deep fly ball to right field and reached base on a fielder’s error. Madi Barrus singled, scoring McMurray from third base. Barrus crossed the plate when Ashlynn Willms hit a double to the fence. Rockford brought four more runs across the plate in the fourth inning before B-K answered in a big way.
A lead-off walk to Hartwig and a single by Meyer put B-K runners in scoring position. McMurray reached base on an error by a Warrior outfielder to load the bases. Madi Barrus hit a single before Haley Beminio crushed a grand slam home run over the left field fence to tie up the game 12-12. Allie Barrus followed Beminio with a double and scored to take the lead thanks to another single by Willms.
The Broncos continued the trend of scoring in the sixth inning. Lead-off singles by Meyer and McMurray, followed by a sacrifice bunt by Barrus and a single by Beminio scored two Broncos. Allie Barrus’ single scored Beminio from second base as B-K held on defensively to claim the victory, 16-12.
The Broncos travelled to Eagle Grove for a showdown with the other county rival.
B-K jumped to a big lead in the first inning. After a lead-off walk to Madi Barrus, Haley Beminio crushed a ball over the batting cages in left field for a two-run homer. Allie Barrus followed with a double, coming around to score on a wild pitch. B-K’s defense was spot-on in the first as the Eagles were shut out.
Jennah Meyer led off the second with a walk followed by hit by Madi Barrus. Meyer scored on a wild pitch before Beminio was walked. Allie Barrus stepped to the plate and hit a three run home-run over the left field fence, a career first for the eighth grader.
B-K added another five runs on two hits and three errors, jumping to a 12-0 lead. EG would not surrender and go home early, however, as an Eagle smashed a grand slam to keep her team in the game for a few more innings.
The Broncos got those runs back, scoring four in the next inning. Addison McMurray led off with a single to the outfield, followed by another walk to Madi Barrus. Allie Barrus singled to drive in two runs. Ashlynn Willms followed with a walk. Allie Barrus came in on a wild pitch before Taylor Grissom singled to score Willms. A solid defense and tough pitching by B-K shut out the Eagles, sending them packing in four innings, 16-4.
In the final conference game of the season, the Broncos hosted the Bearcats of North Butler June 28.
The Bearcats, one of the top teams in the conference, scored two runs in the first and other two runs in the second. The Broncos struggled to get the bats going throughout the game, as NB did a good job of moving the ball around, making the Broncos second guess while batting.
Two more runs scored in the fourth coupled with another four runs in the fifth as NB led 10-0 heading into the bottom of the fifth inning.
The Broncos had two hits – a double by Ashlynn Willms and a single by Haley Beminio – but it wasn’t be enough as B-K took the conference loss.