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MCDONALD'S GAME OF THE WEEK (prep softball): Belmont 8, Potosi/Cassville 7 (13 inn.)
Belmont walks off with thrilling win over Potosi/Cassville in 13th inning
Belmont sophomore shortstop Reese Runde hit a walk-off RBI-single to drive in the game-winning run with one down in the bottom of the 13th to seal an 8–7 victory over visiting Potosi/Cassville Monday.

: Belmont 8, Potosi/Cassville 7 (13 innings)

By Tom Gunnell, Republican Journal

BBELMONT – On a cold and windy night in Belmont, the action on the softball diamond was hot enough to keep the host Braves and their guests from Potosi/Cassville going for 13 innings.

Sophomore shortstop Reese Runde finally put an end to their Six Rivers West thriller when she hit a walk-off RBI-single to drive in Mia Hodgson for the game-winning run with one down in the bottom of the 13th to seal an 8-7 victory for the Braves (8-2 overall, 5-1 SRC) on Monday, April 25.

That was the first run scored in the game since Runde singled and scored in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie the game at 7-7.

Bristol Ogden came in to relief Hodgson in the pitcher's circle in the sixth inning and tossed eight scoreless innings to earn the win for the Braves. She scattered five hits, walked three batters and struck out four on the way to the win. Malia Weber pitched all 13 innings for the Chieftains, racking up 162 pitches and allowing three earned runs on 15 hits and six walks with nine Ks.

Pot/Cas led 3-0 in the top of the first inning, but the Braves answered back with a five-run third to grab a 6-3 advantage. The Chieftains regained the lead with another three-run at-bat in the top of the fifth, however those would be the final runs they would manage for the game.

Hodgson led off the Belmont 13th with a single, advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rylee Rogers and stole third before scoring on Runde’s game-winning single.

Morgan Freeman went 3-for-4 with a triple and three RBI to lead Belmont at the plate. Bailey Mester was 3-for-6 with a double, a RBI and two runs scored, while Hodgson finished 3-for-7 for the game with a run. Ashley Freeman and Lainey Riechers each had a RBI and scored a run for the Braves.

Mykaylia Bauer and Aspen Walsh each had two hits and two RBI for the Chieftains. Jessica Noonan was 3-for-6 with two doubles, two runs and a RBI.

Belmont was busy over the past week, posting a 2-1 record after splitting Six Rivers’ games with Highland, 6-7, and Black Hawk, 12-2, and defeating Iowa-Grant4-2, in non-conference action.

Highland scored a pair of runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to tie Belmont a six all and then plated the go-ahead run when Jenna James scored on a two-out error in the sixth inning to lift the Cardinals to a 7-6 win a Six Rivers West clash at HHS on Tuesday, April 19.

Ogden (double, two runs) and Mester each drove in a pair of runs for Belmont, while Ashley Freeman went 3-for-4 with three doubles and a run scored.

Lilly Michek went 2-for-4 with a double, three RBI and two runs scored to guide the Cardinals' attack. Chloe Campbell added two RBI, while Ella Cody and James each scored twice.

At South Wayne on Thursday, April 21, Mia Hodgson tossed a five-inning no-hitter and 10 players scored runs in Belmont's 12-2 win over Black Hawk (0-7, 0-5).

Hodgson struck out eight batters and issued two walks while yielding two unearned runs in the fifth frame. She also doubled and drove in a run at the plate.

Odgen and Mester each had two hits, two runs and a RBI for Belmont. Molly Puls had a double and two RBI.

At Belmont, on Saturday, April 23, the Braves plated two runs in the second and third innings to grab a 4-0 lead and held on for a 4-2 win over the Iowa-Grant Panthers.

Lainey Riechers had a RBI and a run scored for the Braves.

Next up, Belmont has Six Rivers’ games scheduled at Juda/Albany on Thursday, April 28, and home games against Monticello/New Glarus on Friday, April 29, River Ridge on Monday, May 2, and Highland on Tuesday, May 3. 


Potosi/Cas…..300 130 000 000 0 – 7  11  3
Belmont……...015 010 000 000 1 – 8  15  2
Leading Hitters: PC– Bauer 2x6, Noonan 3x6, Walsh 2x7, Reuter 2x5. 2B– Noonan (2), Walsh, Reuter (2). B– Mia Hodgson 3x7, Reese Runde 2x4, Bailey Mester 3x6, Morgan Freeman 3x4. 3B- M. Freeman. 2B– Mester.
WP- Bristol Ogden (8 In, 0 R, 0 ER, 5 H, 3 BB, 4 K). LP- Weber (12.1 In, 8 R, 3 ER, 15 H, 6 BB, 9 K).
At Belmont, on Monday, April 25