Hot Byron team downs GMLOK in section softball

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK pitcher Zoe Scrabeck delivers a pitch to a Byron batter.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Sydney Eickhoff of the Bulldogs runs the bases in the Byron game.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE Brooke Kolden throws the ball in from center field in Byron during GMLOK’s sub-section game.

CHRISTINE VREEMAN/SPRING VALLEY TRIBUNE GMLOK left fielder Alexys Harwood throws the ball in during the sub-section game against Byron.
Chad Smith

The Grand Meadow/LeRoy-Ostrander/Kingsland softball team lost to the Byron Bears 9-1 in the first round of the West Sub-Section 1AA tournament on Monday, May 20.

The No. 3 Seed Bears were playing some of their best softball of the season and it showed both offensively and defensively. The No. 6 Seed Bulldogs could only muster one run and three hits in the seven-inning loss. GMLOK finished the season at 11-8 (8-4 SEC).

Byron jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead through the first two innings. The Bulldogs only run came in the top of the third. The big inning of the game was the fourth when Byron plated five runs in the bottom of the inning. Byron added one more in the bottom of the fifth to complete the scoring.

Fielding had been a concern down the stretch for GMLOK. Against Byron, the Bulldogs were much better as they finished with only one fielding miscue. Byron scored nine runs on 10 hits with one error.

While GMLOK only had three hits, the Bulldogs did have some pop in their bats. Leadoff hitter Masie Voight doubled in three at-bats and scored the game’s only run. Lily Hughes doubled and drove in that lone run. Kylie Fenton-Musel singled in her only official at-bat and reached base twice (hit by pitch). Brooke Kolden was the only other Bulldog to reach base on a walk.

Hughes got the start in the circle, pitching the first four innings. She allowed eight hits and eight runs, six earned. She gave up a home run, struck out two batters and walked only one. Zoe Scrabeck worked the last two innings and allowed two hits and an earned run. She added one strikeout and one walk.

Senior outfielder Ashley Marolt hit the Byron home run, driving in three runs while scoring once. Leadoff hitter Taylor O’Donnell was a perfect three of three at the plate, also driving in three runs and scoring three times. Junior pitcher Leah Roble pitched the first 4.1 innings to get the win for Baylor.

Byron moved on in the winner’s bracket and fell 12-2 to Rochester Lourdes on Wednesday, May 22, before being eliminated in a loser-out game to Dover-Eyota 11-1.

GMLOK will say goodbye to four good senior softball players, including Liz Jacobsen, Masie Voight, Kylie Fenton-Musel and Sydney Eickhoff.