A bit of a late season slump eventually cost the Pleasantville Trojans the 2019 West Central Athletic Conference Softball Title.
The championship came down to the last night of the season as the Trojans were tied with the Van Meter Bulldogs for the top spot in the league with indentical marks of 16-3.
Pleasantville started the season 15-1 in the league before going 1-3 to end play in the WCAC at 16-4.
Van Meter. who fell to the Trojans earlier in the season 3-0, bounced back for the league title by beating the Trojans 8-2 in Pleasantville Monday, July 8 in a makeup game.
Pleasantville was tied at 2-2 in the fifth when a rare triple play ended the Trojans rally.
The Bulldogs scored five runs in the sixth to put the game on ice.
Trojan Coach Jan Haugen commented, “Base running mistakes and 10 stranded runners cost us the game.”
Abby DeJoode took the loss. She pitched well allowing eight hits in five innings. She struck out four and walked three.
Faith Vander Hart led the PHS offense going 4-for-4 with an RBI. Sydnee McKinney followed with two hits.
At the Ottumwa Tournament Saturday the Trojans put it to Keokuk 8-0 and Roland-Story 10-0.
Vander Hart picked up the win over Keokuk as she tossed a 4-hit shutout.
Hannah Gibson had three hits while Bridgette McKinney and Josie Sowers each had two.
Against the R-S Norsemen the Trojans won 10-0 with DeJoode getting the win.
Sowers and Amber McKinney each had three hits. Mackenzie McGriff and Taylor Foley each added two.