Trojans ousted by PC

(photo by Ryan Northcote) Mackenzie McGriff prepares to fire the ball across the diamond for the Pleasantville Trojans.

Following a win over Panorama to open Class 2A Regional Softball action the Pella Christian Eagles faced off against Marion County rival Pleasantville Wednesday, July 10 in Pleasantville.

The two teams met to open the season with the Trojans taking that one 12-0.

A lot can change in time and that was the case July 10.

Pella Christian jumped on the Trojans early with a 3-run first inning en route to a 4-2 win.

The first four PC batters opened the contest with hits in the first. Natalie Harrill, Chloe Morgan and Ivy Terpstra all had singles and Cheyenne Collins ripped a double to score all three runners in front of her.

For the most part the game was over after the first as both pitchers settled into a groove as the game went on.

Pleasantville totaled six hits in the game while the Eagles finished the evening with eight.

The winning pitcher was Collins as she struck out two and walked one for PC. Suffering the loss was Abby DeJoode who worked all seven innings and gave up four runs, three of which were earned. DeJoode fanned seven and walked nobody.

In the fifth the Eagles moved the lead to 4-0 as Harrill reached with a single. She moved up on an error and scored on a single by Terpstra.

The Trojans had too much pride to just give up. They fought back with a pair of runs in the sixth. Josie Sowers opened by reaching on an error. Amber McKinney hit a double to score her and a groundout by Sydnee McKinney scored Amber.

The Trojans went down in order in the seventh.

Sowers had two of the six Trojan hits for the night.

PC charts showed Harrill leading the way with three hits followed by Terpstra with two.

Collins hit the big double in the first that produced three RBI.

Coach Karen Harrill’s Pella Christian team moved down the tournament trail with a record of 14-19 overall.

It proved to be the end of the road for the Trojans under the guidance of head coach Jan Haugen.

Pleasantville graduates four seniors, three of them started, pitcher Abby DeJoode, catcher Taylor Foley and first baseman Sydnee McKinney.

Pleasantville finished the year at 25-12 overall. They were second in the West Central Athletic Conference (WCAC) with a mark of 16-4.