Mercer County softball team shuts down Galva

Robert Blackford/Editor
Mercer County's Emily Heard fields a ground ball against Galva April 20

The Mercer County High School softball team shut down Galva Tuesday, April 20. The Golden Eagles beat Galva 11-0.

“We needed this win,” said Mercer County head coach Daryl Bewley. “We’re 4-9. Alexis beat us 10-0 yesterday.”

It was a quick contest with the game lasting less than an hour.

Mercer County hurler Molly Conway allowed only one hit in the contest allowing only two people to reach base. “Molly pitched a really nice game for us,” said Bewley. “We got on top early and kept the pressure on them.”

Mercer County took command early in the contest scoring four runs in the bottom of the first inning. Molly Dietmeier, Emma Downey, Jordan Ruh and Emily Heard all reached base and scored for the Golden Eagles. Allie Kellogg led off things with a single.

Mercer County added another run in the third inning as Morgan Weeks and Heard had back to back hits to lead off the inning.

The Golden Eagles exploded for six runs in the bottom of the fourth inning sending 11 hitters to the plate. The first six batters reached base and scored in the inning. Molly Dietmeier started things off with a single and Emma Downey followed with a walk. Jordan Ruh drove both home with a single. Morgan Weeks drove home Ruh with a double. Emily Heard followed with a double which drove in a run. Kimmi Nelson walked. Kellogg drove home Heard and Nelson with a single.

Kellogg had three hits in the game to lead the Golden Eagles.

“Emily Heard had a nice game,” said Bewley. “Jordan Ruh had some big hits. Morgan Weeks hit the ball well too.”

Bewley added, “We had four freshmen starting.” That included the entire outfield. Bewley said he had 14 freshmen come out for softball this year.