Offense abound but Lady Eagles fall 21-17

In addition to some solid pitching on the mound, Macie McDonald helped herself at the plate with three hits and drove in a pair of runs. Keota would lose an offensive thriller 21-17.

Moulton – Regardless of the outcome, the Lady Eagles were going to win with Keota playing at Moulton-Udell on July 5. Offense wasn’t hard to come by, and Keota nearly notched their first win of the season but finished shy with a 21-17 loss.

Keota got off to the right start with Nicole Clarahan drawing a lead-off walk, then making it to second base on a passed ball. Makenzie Jackson would bring her home, scoring the first run of the game and giving Keota an early lead. They wouldn’t plate another run in the top half of the inning and MU would respond in a big way. 

Now trailing 7-1, the visiting Lady Eagles had work to do. Sky Weber drew a walk, followed by Jenna Jaeger doing the same. Their momentum would continue as Jaime Schulte beat out a slow roller for an infield single. Clarahan hit into a fielder’s choice, which resulted in Weber being thrown out at home, but the bases remained loaded. Alexia Purkeypile and Jill Schulte drew walks to bring in a pair of runs. 

Jackson was back at the plate, with three of her peers on base, and she continued her strong night by clearing the bases with a deep double. Macie McDonald advanced Jackson to third with an infield single and almost made it to second after an errant throw but was thrown out trying to advance. After the damage was done, Keota had climbed back into it, scoring five runs to trail by one. 

Keota finished out their season by playing at Sigourney on July 8 for the first round of Regional play.

To read the full recap, including coach Dewey Purkeypile's comments, pick up this weeks' edition of the Keota Eagle.