ANDALE – The Andale Lady Indians softball team demonstrated why they are the overall number seed in Class 4A as they pounded out 11 hits and scored 15 runs to defeat Chapman 15-0 in three innings at the Class 4A Regional Wednesday evening at Andale.
The Lady Indians scored six runs in the first inning and pounded nine more across in the second. They shut down the Lady Irish through three innings to advance to the championship of the regional.
Chapman senior Alexandra Hoelscher drew the starting assignment in the circle for the Lady Irish. She was charged with six runs, three earned, in the first inning. She gave up five hits while striking out two.
Fellow senior Rachel Duer tossed the second inning and was charged with seven earned runs on six hits including a grand slam homer off the bat of Kyla Eck.
Andale powered through the regional with hot hitting and steady pitching and will be one of the top 4A seeds with a 21-1 record. Abby Gordon picked up a triple and a double on three trips to the plate. Ashton Winter had a pair of hits including a double for Andale. Madison Grimes also knocked a three-bagger for the winners.
The Irish were limited to three hits by Andale pitcher Andrea Mude. Mude threw 45 pitches in her three innings of work. She struck out four while walking two.
Grimes was three for three with three runs scored and an RBI. Gordon had two hits and two RBI. Eck had two hits including the homer. She drove in four and scored twice.
Duer was two for two for the Irish and Hoelscher belted a double to account for Chapman’s three hits.
The Irish ended the season at 4-15 and five seniors made their final appearance for the Chapman program. Logan Stalder, Katelyn Reiff, Savanna Cavanaugh, Hoelscher and Duer completed their high school eligibility on the softball field.