New London softballers win one of three at Fairfield Tournament
By ASHLEE DE WIT
Mt. Pleasant News
FAIRFIELD — New London’s Morgan Christner pitched a four-hitter and went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to lead the Tigers to a 3-2 win over Chariton in their final game of the Fairfield Tournament this weekend.
The Tigers suffered a pair of losses in their first two games of the tournament, dropping a Friday night contest against Davis County, 2-1, and falling to West Burlington on Saturday by a score of 8-2.
In Friday’s game, the Tigers and the Mustangs each scored a run in the first inning, and then the game went scoreless until Davis County was able to score the winning run in the bottom of the final inning.
Christner gave up just four hits for two earned runs on the night but took the loss on the mound. She walked one batter and struck out four in seven innings pitched.
At the plate, Emily Parks was 2-for-3 and Christner was 1-for-3 with a double. Sami Koontz was 1-for-2, scored the team’s only run and stole two bases in the game; Victoria Noel also had a steal.
Against West Burlington on Saturday, New London again got on the board early, scoring two runs in the first inning. However, that’s all the damage they would do. West Burlington scored two in the second, added one in the third to take the lead for good, and tacked on five insurance runs in the fifth.
Christner gave up 11 hits and walked four batters in five innings for eight runs (four earned). She struck out eight batters in the loss.
At the plate, she was 2-for-2 with a double and a walk. Koontz was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Jorgi Krieger was 1-for-3 with a double. Caitlin Chiri and Kenadi Schulte also had a hit against the Falcons.
In the TIgers’ win against Chariton, they again scored in the first inning, and held a 1-0 lead until the fifth, when they stretched it to 3-0. Chariton came up with two runs in the bottom of the sixth, but ultimately came up short.
Christner went the distance once again, giving up four hits and two walks and striking out 10.
Koontz was 2-for-2 at the plate with two runs scored. Noel went 1-for-3 with an RBI. Chiri stole a base and scored a run.
The Tigers are now 7-5 on the season remain 2-2 in the Southeast Iowa Super Conference South Division.
They play tonight (Monday) at Harmony in Farmington. It’s the start of a busy week on the road for the Tigers, who play at Cardinal in Eldon on Tuesday and travel for a doubleheader at WACO in Wayland on Wednesday before making trips to Central Lee in Donnellson on Thursday and to Lone Tree on Friday.
They then play at the West Liberty Tournament on Saturday.