Trojans take down No. 9 Ballard

(photo by Ryan Northcote) Sydnee McKinney has been impressive at the plate for the Trojans this year. As a team the Trojans have displayed a lot of power, with 23 team home runs through June 22. Sydnee McKinney has two of the blasts.

Pleasantville split a pair of softball games at the Ankeny Tournament Saturday.

The Trojans knocked off Ballard of Huxley, who is ranked No. 9 in Class 4A by the final of 11-7, but they fell to Ankeny 9-1.

Ankeny

The only run the Trojans could push across was in the bottom of the fifth after the Ankeny Hawks bolted to a 9-0 advantage.

Josie Sowers hit a sacrifice fly to score pinch-runner Alyssa McConnell with the only run.

Faith Vander Hart suffered the loss in the circle for PHS. She gave up 10 hits and six runs, four of them were earned in four innings of work.

Pleasantville had eight hits, but they struggled to bunch them together. Hannah Gibson had two hits for the Trojans in the loss.

Ballard

Ballard scored all seven runs in the third inning. The Bombers held a 7-3 lead, but the Trojans chipped away at the deficit before pulling out the 11-7 win.

Abby DeJoode was the winning pitcher for the Trojans as she gave up nine hits and seven eared runs.

DeJoode was also the hitting star with two home runs for Pleasantville. She drove in four runs.

Taylor Foley had a banner game as well with three hits, two of them doubles and one home run as she drove in three runs.

Sydnee McKinney, Makenzie McGriff, DeJoode and Hannah Gibson each had two hits for Pleasantville.

Odds and Ends

The Trojans are ranked No. 3 in Class 2A.

Following the split the Trojans stood at 20-6 overall.

Pleasantville will face Ogden in a league doubleheader Thursday, June 27 starting at 5:30 p.m. in Pleasantville.

The Trojans currently lead the West Central Activities Conference race.

League play will end for the Trojans July 2 when they hit the road to face the Van Meter Bulldogs.

Van Meter holds down second place in the WCAC standings.