EMS softball starts strong

Adam Larck Woodford Times

The Eureka Middle School softball team has started off the season hot.

The girls opened the season Aug. 4 at home with a 5-0 win against Canton before losing the second game, 12-1.

Maddie McCunn earned the win for the girls, striking out 16 and walking three. She also had a RBI, along with Payton Hodel who had two RBI.

Ashlyn Millett went 2-for-3.

In the second game, Parker Williams got the loss with six strikeouts and five walks. Quincy Boschulte took over in the fourth, striking out seven.

Julia Punke scored the lone run.

Two days later, Eureka easily handled Henry, 12-1. Boschulte struck out 13 in the win, while going 3-for-3 with an RBI.

Samatha McKee, Tessa Leman and Hodel each had two RBI.

The first away game for the girls on Aug. 7 ended with a 5-0 victory over Washington Central.

McCunn got her second win with 12 strikeouts, while McKee had two runs and two RBI.

On Aug. 8, Eureka won two more games in a doubleheader against Farmington, 11-1 and 9-2.

The first game saw Boschulte strike out 11 in her second win. Samantha Morse hit a home run and drove two in, while Leman got a triple and three RBI.

Williams won the second game, striking out two and walking three, while also getting a double, RBI and scoring two runs.

Bailey Gourley also had three RBI and two runs.

Aug. 13 saw Eureka continue its success against Prairie Central, winning 7-2 in a game that was shortened to six innings by rain.

McCunn earned the win with eight strikeouts and three walks, while Leman went 2-for-3 with a home run and RBI. Boschulte had a double and two RBI.

A day later saw Eurkea (11-2-1) dispatch Robein, 12-0, at home. Boschulte got her third win by striking out seven and walking six.

Leman went 2-for-3 with a triple and four RBI, while Williams had three RBI. McKee had two stolen bases and two runs.

Friday, the girls picked up a win and a tie at home against Putnam County, 10-4 and 9-9.

Boschulte struck out 12 in the win, with Leman getting a triple and two RBI.

McKee scored two runs.

Williams walked three and struck out two in the tie. Both Grace Punke and Bailey Gourley scored a run, while Julia Punke scored two runs.