With Greene County being one of Roland-Story’s longest road trips, the team was excited to come away with an 8-3 win on May 30.
“The girls did a nice job of playing together and it was great to see them score first. I was proud of them continuing to put runs on the board throughout the game and answer back after Greene County went up with a three-run home run,” said head coach Amber Doyle.
Sydney Mathis pitched a strong game after she settled in and kept good hitters off balance, allowing 0 runs beyond the first inning. The defense was solid around her and made the plays where they needed them to close innings.
“Susie Weaver had a stand-out night, going 5 for 5 and scoring 3 of our runs herself,” Doyle said.
Vs. North Polk
On May 31, Roland-Story’s softball team took a loss from North Polk, 1-12.
“North Polk is a solid team this year and just simply played a stand out game against us. You could tell we were a little tired after a long night before and didn’t come as sharp as we needed to against such a tough conference opponent,” Doyle said.
“You have to hand it to North Polk, they just hit the ball really solid and made routine plays against us to keep us off the board. I am proud of the team for fighting to the end a putting a run together late, when they could have hung their heads after giving up a five-run inning.”
“Our Coaches versus Cancer event is always emotionally charged, as each athlete plays for someone in their lives who has been effected by cancer,” Doyle said.
The Roland-Story and Nevada teams and communities came together on June 2 for something bigger than a softball game.
Shannon Smuck, friend of the Norsemen program, along with her daughter, Olivia, threw out the first pitch of the game. Shannon was recently diagnosed with Stage 4 glioblastoma, the most common form of brain cancer. She has already started her fight with chemo and radiation treatments and is working to get to Mayo Clinic for further treatment options.
“The two teams, parents and fans raised $725 to help Shannon and her family on their journey. We wish them the best of luck!” Doyle said.
The girls came together at the plate, and created a seven-run inning, eventually winning 10-0.
“We knew they were capable of generating runs, it was nice to see them get so many together. Several girls had strong hits with runners in place, but the Clark girls combined for 4 of our 11 hits, 3 of our 10 runs, 3 of our 9 RBI’s, and 2 of our 3 stolen bases. It has been a lot of fun watching them play together and push each other,” Doyle said.
Sydney Mathis only allowed two hits all night and the defense kept their cool when Nevada put pressure on early in the game.
“I can see their confidence growing each game,” Doyle said.
The Norse turned around after Friday night’s game and headed to Bondurant’s annual tournament for a 9 a.m. appearance versus Bondurant-Farrar on June 3.
“I was pleased to see that they got ready for an early game and came out and scored 8 runs first thing in the morning. Bondurant fought hard, too, but we were able to hold them off for an 8-6 win to put us into the winner’s bracket,” Doyle said.
This game set Roland-Story up for what ended up being a 2 hour and 20-minute extra-inning scoring bonanza against PCM.
“I could not be prouder of how hard and how long the girls fought for this victory. Even after going down 13-8, they fought back and Sydney Mathis’s 2 run home run tied it at 13 to send it into another inning. PCM scored in the top of the 9th to put us down 13-14, but Jenna Clark’s stand-up double to the right-center gap scored Juliann Clark and Sydney Weaver all the way from first to win the game at 15-14. This set us up to play in the championship game and our 3rd game of the day. They played another hard-fought game against CMB and just came up short 2-4 to take 2nd place,” Doyle said.
Hailey Louw did an outstanding job of pitching several innings on the day, as well as being behind the plate when she wasn’t on the mound.
“She even seemed to throw better as the day wore on. Sydney Mathis was a nice compliment to Hailey and also seemed to throw her best at the end of the day,” Doyle said. “Jessica Eslick also had a fantastic day. She’s been very consistent.”