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Defending champs keep rolling along

Clint Cole - DCN: DC-G's Brooke Kramer beats out the throw to first base on a bunt against Pella on June 5.Buy Photo
Clint Cole - DCN: DC-G's Brooke Kramer beats out the throw to first base on a bunt against Pella on June 5.

Last season, the Dallas Center-Grimes softball team finished the season with an impressive 38-5 record overall and won 19-straight games to start the season before losing their first game of the season and eventually won the state championship in Class 4A. The Fillies have entered this season ranked No. 1 after losing just one starter from last season.

“It wasn’t a surprise that we were first,” DC-G coach Steve Schlafke said. “We won it last year, we lost only one starter, so we would’ve been probably surprised if we weren’t rated number one when the season started.”

The Fillies started off this season with two close victories, winning 1-0 over Indianola in the season opener on the road and 3-1 over Ballard in Dallas Center.

Paige Lowary was dominant as usual as the Fillies’ pitcher against Norwalk on Monday. She pitched seven innings, gave up just one hit and struck out 11 batters in a shutout performance as the Fillies (7-0) won by a score of 2-0 on the road.

Jackie Peyton and Tabitha Taylor each had two hits and one run for the Fillies in the win.

After two games against Newton on Wednesday, the Fillies will take on their former conference foe from A-D-M in Adel on Thursday. The game begins at 7:30 p.m.

Pella

Against Pella, a team that has struggled so far this season, the Fillies won both games of the double header on June 5, ending both games early. The Fillies won the first game 14-0 after a walk-off grand slam by Taylor Draisey in the bottom of the third inning and then won the second game 12-2 in a game that went five innings.

Brooke Kramer and Jackie Peyton each scored three runs in the first game while Paige Lowary scored three runs in the second game.

Schlafke said that his team was a little “banged up” and he rested some of his starters in the games against Pella. He said that having that kind of depth is “great.”

“It’s very competitive,” Schlafke said. “The players have to play and they know that if they don’t come out and compete every night, then there’s somebody else out there that can come and take their spot, and the kids on the bench know that as well. It’s a great luxury to have and it’s just a tribute to our kids and the work ethic that they’ve had and the patience that they’ve had as well.”

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