DCEB scores victory against Milford Eagles

Keeping her eye on the ball, freshman Ariah Stara prepares to swing at a pitch. Stara scored one run and one hit on the night for the home game on Sept. 29.

Becca Meusch

The David City East Butler softball team swept the Milford Eagles at home on Sept. 29 to end the game 8-2.

DCEB played tight defense throughout the game only allowing the Eagles to score two runs on the night. The girls also brought their offensive game and harbored three hits to right field in the bottom of the first inning, putting DCEB ahead 2-0.

“That first inning was really big for us. Lauren Styskal’s leadoff triple really set the tone.  We then followed up with two more hits to right field to score two runs,” Head Coach Greg Jahde said. “From that point, our girls just seemed to settle in and play really good softball.”

In the top of the second inning, the Eagles were held again by DCEB. Stepping up to bat in the bottom of the second inning, DCEB recorded two outs against the Eagles right away. Senior Lauren Styskal came to bat and hit a single followed by an extensive hit to left center field. Styskal’s hit allowed DCEB to start the third inning 4-0.

“I think our biggest strength is our batting. Our lineup is very strong. All of us can hit the ball, no doubt about it,” freshman Ariah Stara said. “Usually, one person has to start off hitting to get our confidence up. After that, we can all hit.”

With only one out on the board, the Eagles hit an out-of-the-park homerun with two on base, making the score 4-2. DCEB caught two pop flies to end the top of the third 4-2.

With two outs against DCEB, Styskal stepped up to plate and hit a two-RBI double, leaving DCEB ahead 6-2. The third inning came to an end when a base runner was thrown out at third in an attempt to steal home.

“Outside of the two-run homer that we gave up in the third inning, I just think we played consistently. We were able to score a run or two in every inning but one,” Jahde said. “That is our goal. We want to score one run per inning.”

DCEB got three outs against the Eagles immediately in the fourth inning. Stepping up to bat, Stara hit a single to advance runners in the bottom of the fourth. An overthrow by Milford at third base helped DCEB score a run, making the score 7-2 to end the fourth inning.

Because both teams held a strong defense in the fifth inning, neither team was able to advance. DCEB shut down the Eagles in the top of the sixth inning and scored one last run in the bottom of the sixth to help triumph the game 8-2.

“Milford is a solid team; we knew that we had to work for the win and we weren’t just going to have it given to us. This win makes us really excited and gives us a good push towards winning some games at Districts this next week,” Styskal said. “Winning your last home game is always a good feeling, and knowing that we had people there to support us makes the win even better.”

Stats:

Lauren Styskal  3-4 2 runs scored

Karissa Mullen 1-3 1 run

Addie Brecka 2-3 2 runs 3 RBIs

Catherine Benes 2-4 1 RBI

Ariah Stara 1-4 1 run

Kaylyn Dubbs 1-3 1 RBI

Sam Bordovsky 0-3 1 run

Kelsi Havlovic 1-3

Abby Pierce 1-3

Kelsi Havlovic 7 Innings pitched, 6 hits, 3 runs, 1 strikeout, 2 walks