The Belmond-Klemme softball team started off the week playing at Garner May 31. The Cardinals jumped to an early 2-0 lead. The Broncos answered back when scores by Ashlynn Willms and Emilie Dougherty tied the game. Garner-Hayfield-Ventura grabbed back the lead, 3-2, with a score to end the inning.
Allie Barrus’ solo home run tied up the game again in the third. The Broncos continued in the next inning with singles by Ava Negrete, Emilie Dougherty, Quinn Gabrielson, Jennah Meyer, and Ella Negrete. The Broncos led 8-3.
B-K did not let up, capitalizing on GHV errors, and scoring six more runs in the fifth. B-K had excellent defense – great catching coming from Meyer and Gabrielson and fielding from Dougherty and Ella Negrete.
In the top of the sixth, the Broncos continued their hitting streak with singles by Ava Negrete and Meyer, who both scored. Barrus ended the final inning with her second home run as B-K took the conference win 21-9.
The Top of Iowa Conference leaders North Union came to Belmond June 1. The Warriors scored one run in the first inning and two runs in the second. Molly Hartwig had the solo hit for the Broncos in the bottom of the second inning. NU shut out the Broncos 10-0 in five innings.
The Broncos jumped to an early 1-0 lead in an away game at Buffalo Center June 3. Molly Hartwig scored on a sacrifice fly to right field by Ava Negrete in the second inning. Ella Negrete and Allie Barrus each crossed the plate in the third to make the score 3-0.
Pitcher Emilie Dougherty allowed only three hits through four innings, shutting out the Bison. The Broncos’ big inning was the fifth when the girls scored eight runs. Hartwig, Dougherty and Jennah Meyer each hit singles while Aubrey Eckhoff had her first triple of the season. B-K took another conference win, 12-1.
On Saturday the Broncos traveled to their first tournament of the season at Colo-Nesco.
The first game pitted the Broncos against the South Harden Tigers. The Broncos started off with a solo home run by Jenna Meyer that cleared the right field fence. SH added two runs in the second and four runs in the fourth to take a 6-1 lead.
The Broncos were shut out in the fourth, fifth and sixth innings as the Tigers won 8-1. Meyer and Ella Negrete were the lone Broncos with hits. Pitcher Kaylen Morris made her first appearance as a starter, collecting six strikeouts.
The Broncos played the home team, Colo-Nesco, in the second game. The Broncos found themselves trailing 4-0 after the first inning. In the top of the second, Emilie Dougherty hit a single, and then came around to score off Quinn Gabrielson’s double to centerfield. The Broncos were shut out in the rest of the game as Colo-Nesco took the win, 6-1.