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New Bloomfield softball competes in Cairo SB Tourney

by Robby Campbell | September 17, 2023 at 4:00 a.m.

CAIRO, Mo. -- Competing in the Cairo SB Tourney, New Bloomfield Lady Wildcats lost 11-5 to the La Plata Bulldogs in the opening round and fell 6-3 to the Missouri High School Fastpitch Coaches Association Class 1 No. 9 Community Lady Trojans in the consolation bracket Saturday at Northeast (Cairo) High School.

In the opening round, La Plata (8-1) got on the board in the top of the first inning after No. 2 singled, scoring one run; No. 3 singled, scoring two runs; No. 15 grounded out, scoring one run and No. 11 grounded out, scoring one run.

An error extended the Bulldogs' lead to 6-2 in the top of the second inning.

A walk by No. 1, a single by No. 23 and a double by No. 2 helped La Plata extend its early lead in the third.

Peityn Thomas pitched three innings in relief for New Bloomfield (7-6). The reliever gave up five hits and three runs while striking out none and walking one.

Avarie Edwards stepped in the circle first for the Lady Wildcats. She allowed seven hits and eight runs (seven earned) over two innings, striking out none and walking three.

No. 9 began the game for the Bulldogs. The starting pitcher allowed three hits and two runs over three innings, striking out four and walking three.

Ashlyn Peters went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead New Bloomfield in hits. Bella Talbot went 1-for-3 as the leadoff hitter led the team with two RBI.

Peters stole three bases. The Lady Wildcats stole five bases in the game.

La Plata piled up 12 hits in the game. No. 15, 30, 23 and 2 collected two hits for the Bulldogs.

No. 2 provided pop in the middle of the lineup and led La Plata with three RBI. The No. 3 hitter went 2-for-4 on the day.

The Bulldogs turned one double play in the game.

"We showed up not ready to play today, and that's my problem as a coach, not getting the team prepared," New Bloomfield softball coach Zach Moore said. "I want to do better preparing our team for games. That's on me."

Despite outhitting Community (13-3) 12-8, New Bloomfield lost to the Lady Trojans.

Community got on the board in the top of the first inning after No. 22 singled and No. 14 grounded out, each scoring one run.

The Lady Trojans added to their early lead in the top of the third inning after No. 22 grounded out and No. 14 singled, each scoring one run.

Thomas stepped in the circle first for the Lady Wildcats. She allowed eight hits and six runs (three earned) over seven innings, striking out six and walking two.

No. 16 stepped in the circle first for Community. She allowed 12 hits and three runs over 6⅔ innings, striking out six and walking none.

New Bloomfield tallied 12 hits in the game. Myah Briggs, Thomas and Delaney Smart each drove in one run for the Lady Wildcats.

Macie Abbott, Edwards and Talbot each collected multiple hits for New Bloomfield.

No. 16 led the Lady Trojans with three hits in three at-bats.

Community didn't commit a single error in the field. No. 13 had the most chances in the field with six.

"When we show up and we're not ready, that's on me," Moore said. "Mentally, we're not ready to win and compete at the plate today as I'd hoped. So, obviously, we're in a bit of a funk right now. So we'll go back to the drawing board, and we'll get it all figured out."

New Bloomfield hosts Rolla (6-11) at 5 p.m. Monday in its Pink Out Game at New Bloomfield High School.

"October is breast cancer awareness month, but obviously our season doesn't run there," Moore said. "So we want to do what we can to give back. Last year, we were able to donate to a kid from a different community who was struggling with cancer. It wasn't breast cancer, but struggling with cancer.

"So anything we can do to help out people who are less fortunate situation, we're gonna do those things. We're selling, we sold some shirts. We're gonna be raising money accepting donations. And all of that will be going to support breast cancer awareness."

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