It was a great start to the Class 2A Regional Softball Tourney for the Pella Christian Eagles. PC shined in all facets of the game as they scored in every inning they batted, hit the ball well and played great defense as they throttled the Panorama Panthers 11-1 on Eagle Lane Monday July 8.
The Panthers appeared that they would compete as they scored first. Eagle pitcher Cheyenne Collins left a pitch up and number three hitter, Lydia Knapp, rifled it over the left field barrier for a 1-0 lead.
But PC was not fazed. Natalie Harrill led off with a walk, Chloe Morgan beat out a bunt single and Ivy Terpstra coaxed a base on balls to jam the base paths. After one out, Emerson Sarver reached on a fielder’s choice scoring Harrill and Morgan scored on a throwing error. Terpstra would score on a ground out to the right side by Emri Agre and Sarver would score when Anna Bonnett’s ground out was kicked.
Once Collins found her stride, she mowed the Panthers down for the next four innings and allowed only three hits for the game.
In the Eagle second Harrill and Morgan opened with singles. Harrill was cut down on the bases, but Morgan scored on a towering double to the base of the fence under the scoreboard.
Pella Christian put three more runs on the board in the third as Agre led off with a base hit, Bonnett reached on an error. Agre scored on an error and Bonnett scored on a wild pitch. Then with two out, Harrill added some frosting with a high drive over the left field wall.
The Eagles put three more on the board in the bottom of the fourth to set the score at 11-1. Terpstra, Sarver and Agre each drew a walk to fill the sacks and Bonnett singled to right to score Terpstra and Sarver. Agre scored the deciding run on a base hit by Seirra Pliema.
Now it was time for Collins to slam the door despite giving up a single and another runner reach on the lone error of the night by the Eagles.
“We have made huge progress from the beginning of the season, PC Coach Karen Harrill said. “I’m so proud of these kids and how hard they work. Three things drove us tonight. We played great defense and Cheyenne pitched great. The third thing was that the bats got hot and we had some big hits. But not only did we have big hits, we had those hits through the infield and over the infield that keeps the line moving.”
Harrill led PC with a home run and a single, Morgan added two singles and Collins had a double. Collins gained the win by allowing one run, walking none and fanning three.