TRURO — Beep, beep, here come the Eagles. Beep, beep, there go the Eagles to the Class 2A regional semifinals. The I-35 Roadrunners were the higher seed and got the home game, but it was the Pella Christian Eagles that did the running around the bases to the tune of 16 runs in a 16-3 shellacking of the Roadrunners Thursday evening in Truro.
Pella Christian coach, Karen Harrill, has been looking for a complete game from her team and she got it. Nine different Eagles got into the hit parade, the pitching by Cheyanne Collins was sharp and the team defense was spectacular.
“I’m really happy with the way we played,” Harrill said. “We hit the ball hard up and down the lineup. Cheyanne pitched an excellent game and our defense was so good. We got hits in every inning but one and in four different innings we had multiple hits.”
Pella Christian would draw first blood when speedy lead-off hitter, Chloe Morgan, drove a base hit past the third baseman. Morgan would swipe second and move to third on a passed ball. She scored when Natalie Harrill lofted a sacrifice fly to deep centerfield.
Both teams were quiet until the top of the third when the Eagles rang up a two spot on the board. Morgan cracked a one-out single to left and Emri Agre blooped a single over the infield to put two speed burners on base. Both runners scored when Harrill hammered a double into the gap in right-center.
I-35 answered with a run in the bottom of the third when after a pair of walks, catcher Summer Pasuitti poked a single. The score remained 3-1 until the top of the fifth when the Eagles put a crooked number on the board.
Emma Witzenburg opened the inning with a shot through the middle and Morgan moved her up with another base hit. Agre drove the ball past shortstop to score Witzenburg and Morgan scored on a throwing error. Agre picked up the third run of the inning when Harrill pounded another sacrifice fly to deep right field for her fourth RBI of the game.
The bottom of the order accounted for two runs in the sixth inning as Sydney Nunnikhoven scored on an error and Sierra Pleima scored on a ground out by Witzenburg.
Things really got out of control in the top of the seventh as the Eagles used eight hits and an error to score eight runs. The big blow of the inning was a two-run single by Trinity Vos.
Collins was delighted to see the run support from her team.
“I felt that we would be able to score,” Collins said. “But 16 runs would be beyond my dreams. When we started to hit, I was really able to relax out there. We gave Alexa Dunsbergen a chance to finish up and I was able to save a little bit for tomorrow. We will give it our best shot.”
The top of the Eagle lineup was on fire in this game as Morgan and Agre each had four hits. Number three hitter, Harrill, added a double and four RBI while Anna Bonnett, Nunnikhoven and Witzenburg each stroked a pair of singles.
Due to Wednesday’s rain out, the Eagles have little time to rest. They are back in action Friday night at LeGrand for a semifinal encounter with the East Marshall Mustangs.
Pella Christian 1 0 2 0 3 2 8 — 16 18 1
Interstate 35 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 — 3 5 5
Pella Christian Battery – Cheyanne Collins (WP), 6.1 IP, 5 H, 3 R, 2 ER, 3 BB, 5 K, Alexa Dunsbergen .2 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 0 BB, 0 K and Sydney Nunnikhoven
Pella Christian Hitting – Chloe Morgan 4-for-5, Emri Agre 4-for-5, Natalie Harrill 1-for-2, Trinity Vos 1-for-1, Collins 1-for-4, Anna Bonnett 2-for-4, Nunnikhoven 2-for-3, Sierra Pleima 1-for-4, Emma Witzenburg 2-for-4
2B – Harrill
Pella Christian Runs – Morgan 4, Agre 4, Bonnett 1, Nunnikhoven 2, Pleima 2, Emerson Sarver 1, Witzenburg 2.
Pella Christian RBI – Morgan 1, Agre 2, Harrill 4, Vos 2, Nunnikhoven 1, Sarver 1, Witzenburg 1.