The latest chapter in the Highway 36 Rivalry played out an hour from Linn County last night. The top-seeded Brookfield Lady Dogs hosted the fourth-seeded Marceline Lady Tigers in the second round of the Class Two, District Six softball tournament.
Marceline went down in order in the top of the first, with Brookfield’s Sammi Overton racking up two strikeouts. Alesa Frey led off with a single, and was joined on base by Bailey Parks after a walk. The pair advanced to scoring position off of defensive indifference. Three batters later, though, Brookfield would be retired. Marceline’s Morgan McCormick earned on strikeout in the frame. After one inning, the game was tied 0-0.
McCormick led off with a bunt single in the top of the second for Marceline, and stole a base. She came home off of a single by Katie Cupp. Cupp would advance to third over two at-bats, and came home off of a single by Claire Dorrell. Dorrell made it to scoring position, but would be stranded.
Paige Clawson led off with a single for Brookfield. With one out, Jaclyn Weydert reached on a bunt, advancing Clawson. Gabrielle Corf reached on a Fielder’s Choice, with Marceline getting the lead runner. Frey would bring Weydert home, and put both she and Corf into scoring position on the throw. The pair would end the inning stranded.
After two innings, Marceline led Brookfield 2-1.
Molly Shoop led off the third for Marceline with a single. She advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Elaine Ewigman, and third on an out by Sydnee Brooks. Shoop came home on a Fielder’s Choice involving McCormick. McCormick stole second, but ended the frame stranded.
Alexis Lindsay walked to lead off for Brookfield, and would advance to third. She would end the inning stranded, with McCormick earning a strikeout. After three innings, Marceline led Brookfield 3-1.
In the top of the fourth, Marceline went down in order. Overton earned two more strikeouts in the frame. With two outs in the bottom of the innings, Corf was walked. An error put Frey on base with her. A double from Parks scored both baserunners, tying the game. Lindsay brought home Parks, giving Brookfield their first lead. She advanced to third a play later, but was stranded, with McCormick racking up a strikeout.
After four innings, Brookfield led Marceline 4-3.
Abbie Peiffer singled to lead off the fifth for Marceline. She was picked off as the back half of a double play on a liner to Taylor Ewing. Ewigman singled, but would end the inning stranded. Megan Kearns singled to lead off for Brookfield, but would be called out on a Fielder’s Choice involving Clawson. Clawson advanced to second, but ended the inning stranded. After five innings, Brookfield led Marceline 4-3.
Page 2 of 2 - McCormick singled to lead off the sixth for Marceline. She would advance to second, as Cupp joined her on base due to an error. The pair advanced to scoring position on a groundout, but would end the inning stranded after a pair of strikeouts for Overton.
With one out, Frey singled for Brookfield. Parks singled, and the pair advanced to scoring position on a throwing error. Lindsay would make the bases full as she reached on a Fielder’s Choice. Overton would reach on a Fielder’s Choice, with Marceline getting Frey at home on the force. Overton was replaced on base by Sydney Thompson as a courtesy. Kearns would clear the base on a double, advancing to third on the throw. Clawson doubled, scoring Kearns. Taylor Ewing made it three in a row, doubling to bring home Clawson. Taylor would make it to third, but end the inning stranded.
After six innings, Brookfield led Marceline 9-3.
With three outs between them and the end of the season, Marceline took the plate. Abbie Peiffer singled to lead off for Marceline, and took second on a groundout. Ewigman sacrificed her to third with a bunt. Sydnee Brooks singled, bringing home Abbie. McCormick doubled, putting the two seniors into scoring position.
Brookfield responded to this with a pitching change, bringing in Morgan Ewing. Cupp would double, bringing her two seniors home. But Ewing would get a key strikeout to end the game. Brookfield downed Marceline in this gameby a final score of 9-6. They advance to the District Championship game this Saturday at 11 a.m. against hosting Hamilton-Penney.