WATERLOO—It was a strange night for two metro softball teams, as Waterloo West and East were set to renew their crosstown rivalry.
The game originally scheduled to take place at East, but the field saturated suddenly by heavy rains leading to both teams agreeing to relocate across town at the home of the Wahawks.
The doubleheader turned into a wash as the teams split the doubleheader with East taking game one, 8-0, and West bouncing back in a big way with a 14-1 victory in the nightcap.
When play finally got under way, under blue skies, the Trojans (9-25) showered the Wahawks with 11 hits in the opener. Starter Leah Frost threw a six hit shutout from the mound, allowing just a pair of runners to advance beyond second base.
The Trojans scored five runs in the bottom of the first with doubles from Frost and Josie Stocks causing most of the damage.
Stocks continued with the hot bat for the Trojans as the first baseman cranked a solo home run in the third, then added her fourth and fifth RBI with another homer in the fourth frame.
“I was seeing the ball well tonight,” said Stocks. “When I hit the home runs they felt good when I swung and there was no doubt.” the shy freshman said. “It was nice against East but it was just another game.”
Trojans coach Gene Laughlin believes there is a lot more potential in Stocks bat than what they have seen so far.
“She is a very shy person, does not talk too much to us, but she let’s her bat do all of her talking,” said Laughlin.
“This whole night was pretty weird though, with switching fields and all. We came out strong and Leah (Frost) had a great night pitching, we just had trouble putting two games together. We just were not very focused in that second one.” Laughlin added.
The second game was a complete reversal from the opener as the Wahawks (8-26) came out swinging putting up six runs in both the second and fourth innings.
Senior Sydney McFarland showed plenty of power for the Wahawks as she pounded out a pair of two-run doubles and added a sacrifice fly to center field to plate a run in the second.
“It was really weird to have to sit in the first base dug out tonight,” said McFarland of the field switching.
“We had a talk after the first game and knew we had to fire each other up,” McFarland added. “I mean this was East we were playing and we are better than what we showed.”
The Wahawks received extra help from the plate from sophomore Sophia Dehl who put down three singles and a double, and Allison Schaffer ended the night with two doubles and a pair of singles scoring twice.
“This is more like what we we are capable of doing,” West coach Ashley Reimer said.
“We came out flat in that first game and East just had some great hits. Our bats woke up in the second, and I think the girls got into more of a groove playing on our home field. We need to focus on what we did in that second game, and I believe it was huge for our confidence and our momentum going into the final week.”
East 8-1, West 0-14
West 000 000 0—0 6 2
East 501 200 x—8 11 0
Campbell and Schaffer. Frost and Grimmett. HR—Stocks (E) 2. 2B — Schaffer (W) 2, Stocks (E), Frost (E).
West 062 6—14 17 0
East 000 1—1 4 2
Adams, Magnuson (3) and Grimmett. Olsson and Schaffer. 2B—McFarland (W) 2, Conrey (W), Dehl (W), Schaffer (W)