Olympians rally past Braves on softball diamond

COLUMBUS

Brownstown Central built itself a comfortable early in Tuesday’s softball game against Columbus East.

However, as the game wore on, the Braves lead was slowly slipping away.

The Olympians kept adding runs, and used a huge fifth inning to hand the Braves an 11-6 loss.

The biggest play the game, however, came in the top of the sixth inning with the bases loaded for Brownstown, as East converted a rare triple play to prevent runs from scoring.

“The biggest play of the game was that triple play,” Brownstown coach Monte Ault said. “I probably should have pitched-run there, but in the fifth inning was where (East) got all of the runs and hits. Overall, I’m pleased with the way we played, except for that one inning.”

Erin Singleton was hit by the pitch to give Brownstown (1-3) its first base runner aboard. Singleton scored after three wild pitches to go ahead 1-0. Kyra Huffman then got on base after a walk. After a stolen bases and a wild pitch moved her to third, she would then score on an East (2-1) error to go ahead 2-0.

In the second inning, Alli Reynolds and Maddison Brittain both reached base via walks. An error by the Olympians on the next play loaded the bases. Singleton then drove in a run with a single. Addy Krieger then hit a bases clearing double to built the lead to 6-0.

In the bottom of the third inning, Julia Sitterding led off the inning for the Olympians with a double and then scored on a double by Mady Foster. Kaitlin Brummett then drove in Foster with a single to cut it to 6-2.

In the fourth inning, an fielding error by Brownstown allowed Brooke Valles to run to second. Katie Taylor then singled and then stole second to put runners on third and second. Jenna Robbins hit a double to score both runs to make it 6-4.

The Olympians then put the game away by adding another six more runs in the fifth inning.

“We hit the ball pretty well, too. We had a couple errors that our girls usually don’t make and that hurt,” Ault said. “Overall, we made some nice plays and it was one of those games where they got hot.”

The Braves will host Eastern (Pekin) for a Mid-Southern Conference game Thursday.