The Cody softball team had a successful road trip to Casper this weekend, winning three of their four games and upsetting top-ranked Kelly Walsh.
Cody sweeps Natrona
On Saturday, No. 4 Cody finished the weekend with a doubleheader sweep of Natrona, winning 19-15 and 15-7.
In the first game of the day, Violet Wollschlager led the Fillies, going 2-for-4 with a three-run home run, while Ava Meier went 3-4 with two RBIs.
Ellie Ungrund got the win on the mound, delivering eight strikeouts.
Cody (8-1, 5-1 West) got the scoring going in the second when they plated five runners. Natrona struck back with four runs over the next two innings, but a five-run fourth from the Fillies gave them some important separation. In that inning, the Fillies did what they do best: playing small ball, piecing together just four singles and a walk, but two Natrona errors and a dropped third strike also helped their cause.
Although Natrona (4-5, 3-3 West) came back to make it 10-7, doubles from Meier and Ally Schroeder sealed the win.
In the second game of the day the Fillies exploded for 15 runs on nine hits in the first inning and weathered a strong comeback from Natrona to get the win.
“It was crazy,” Smith said.
Natrona cut the Cody lead to four with a 10-run third, but Gabi Lee caught a foul fly ball to end the threat. In the fourth and final inning, Natrona put another runner across the plate, but Schroeder tagged a runner stealing home for the final out of the game.
“It was a really cool way to end it,” coach Chad Smith said.
Schroeder led the team at the plate going 2-3 with three RBIs and Taydon Schoening had her best game of the season going 2-for-4 with three RBIs.
“It was really exciting,” Schoening said. “The first few times I played varsity I was definitely nervous. Now, we’re better as a team and I’m better as a player and person and helping us win games.”
The Fillies had four extra base hits, one of which being Liberty Laing’s first of the season, slapping a double in the third.
Schroeder also got the win on the mound, delivering six strikeouts but allowing five earned runs and a homer.
Cody splits with
The Fillies knocked off No. 1 Kelly Walsh 9-7 in the second game of a doubleheader Friday evening, showing they can play with the state’s best despite getting blown out by them earlier in the day.
“Our team is really good at flushing our mistakes,” Lee said. “We just focus on working as a team.”
After falling behind early, the Fillies exploded for a seven-run second inning and fended off a late three-run rally from the Trojans (8-1, 6-0 West).
Cody handed Kelly Walsh its first loss of the season and did so while collecting 14 hits. It was also the most runs Kelly Walsh has allowed all season.
Violet Wollschlager went 3-4 with a double and an RBI while Laura Phillips had a triple and an RBI.
Schroeder pitched a three-hitter on the mound with five strikeouts and six walks.
Laura Phillips started the second inning rally with a triple to left, scoring Emily Egger. Jayma Tuttle added a single before Violet Wollschlager, Ava Wollschlager and Meier added RBI singles of their own. The Fillies batted around the lineup and Egger hit a two-run RBI single before the inning was over.
Despite getting hits in both the third and fourth, the Fillies left a combined three runners stranded with no runs scored.
In the bottom of the fourth Kelly Walsh added two runs but the Fillies were able to dodge a bullet. With runners on first and second and just one out, Schroeder forced a grounder to first to get the second out. Then, with runners in scoring position, Schroeder got Rachel Bradley to hit another grounder right back at her, which she threw to Lee at first for the last out.
The next inning, the Fillies added to their lead when Tuttle scored on a Trojan error, and Meier and Ava Wollschlager hit RBIs to make it 9-4.
Kelly Walsh made a final push in the fifth and final frame on a two-out rally when a Cody passed ball and two hits of their own brought them within two. That was as close as the top-ranked team in the state could get as Schroeder forced the next batter to pop out to Lee.
The Fillies had a tough outing in the first game of the day, losing 10-0 to Kelly Walsh in five innings. Cody held tough against the Trojans for the first few innings, but small mistakes started to pile up for the Fillies.
“We just helped them out too much,” Smith said.
Smith said the pressure the young team may have felt going in undefeated against the top team in the state may have made the girls too nervous. Despite making some terrific plays on defense, he said they also flubbed a few routine ones.
“We came in kind of nervous but we really shouldn’t have, we know what we’ve got,” Phillips said.
Cody finished with only three hits, committed five errors and were caught stealing twice on the basepaths.
After Kelly Walsh scored one in the first, Cody put two base runners on in the top of the second, but a strikeout by Kelly Walsh’s Kynlee Griffith ended the threat.
Griffith, one of the top pitchers in the state, finished the game with eight strikeouts and only three walks allowed.
Cody was only down 5-0 in the fourth but a three-run inside-the-park homer gave the Trojans momentum to pull away.
“We knew it wasn’t as bad as the scoreboard indicated,” Smith said.
Ungrund gave up six hits and two earned runs but also had six strikeouts on the mound.
“Playing Kelly Walsh and Natrona, there was a lot more competition and it was a lot more fun,” Schoening said.
Cody returned to action 3 p.m. Tuesday with a road game at Worland (1-5, 1-4 West).