Brookfield softball was downed at home by Macon on Tuesday evening, 16-3, in a game that was halted in the fifth inning. The Bulldogs fall to 1-3 on the season with the loss, and Macon improves to 2-2.
"I think we had an off-night, (starting pitcher) Khaylee Dixon had an uncharacteristic off-night throwing and that throws all of our girls off," Brookfield coach Paige Drescher said. "We have to keep our heads up, and we can't get down about one game. That's not our team."
The ballgame was tied at 1 run apiece through two innings before Macon busted the game open in the top of the third with an explosive seven runs before Brookfield could retire the side.
Macon scored another six runs in the fourth to take a 14-3 lead, and the Tigers' two-run fifth gave them enough cushion to comfortably end the game early. The Bulldogs did however muster eight hits -- just three fewer than Macon despite the 13-run disparity. Junior centerfielder and pitcher Sydney Wilbeck finished 2-3 with a pair of singles, and accounted for one of the Bulldogs' runs when she crossed the plate in the third. Junior shortstop Fallon Gladbach was the only other Brookfield player to enjoy a multi-hit afternoon, singling in both the first and third innings.
Dixon was given the loss. She was pulled after two-and-two-thirds innings.
"Our girls have shown hustle this year," Drescher said. "They want to win it, they want these games. They're coming out with an intensity starting off the game. We're doing a lot better of staying in the game, and this is our first game with a lopsided score. Macon kind of threw a wrench in our system."
Brookfield has another conference matchup on Thursday when it hosts Highland. The junior varsity/varsity doubleheader was originally scheduled to be played at Truman State University in Kirksville, but has since been moved to Brookfield's facility.