ELDORA - Casey Moberly and David Donahue disagreed on at least a couple plays Thursday.
Though the play of Comets' hurler Olivia Callaway was one thing the BCLUW and South Hardin head softball coaches couldn't quibble about.
Fanning 11 batters and allowing just two hits in six innings, Callaway helped the Comets overcome a couple tough calls in a 9-2 victory over the Tigers in non-conference play.
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BCLUW’s Rebecca Steckelberg successfully steals third under the tag of South Hardin’s Kortney Crosser in a non-conference game at Eldora Thursday. The Comets scored five runs in the seventh to pull away for a 9-2 victory.
"She was just moving the ball well, hitting her spots and keeping them guessing," Moberly said of her freshman pitcher, who retired the first 10 batters she faced and walked just two in the game.
"She'd hit one spot on one side and go over to the other side."
BCLUW (5-2, 2-0) had a couple runs taken away in the third inning when Donahue appealed that McKayla Van Cleave had left third early on a sacrifice fly by Sarah McCoy. Sarah Sharp also reached home on the play after the ball was overthrown to third base, though both runs were wiped out, when Donahue's appeal stood - resulting in Van Cleave as the third out of the inning.
Callaway and the Comets didn't break stride.
After fanning the next three batters, Callaway belted a double just shy of the center field fence and Jorie Oaks' RBI single to right field stretched the lead to 2-0 and a second run came in on an errant throw back to pitcher Alaina Lake. Kendall Scurr also sent one across with a drag hit to push the margin to 4-0.
"You can't let a judgment call like that take you out of the game or keep you out of the game," Moberly said of the third-inning appeal. "You have to keep fighting and chipping away and the girls did a really good job of that tonight."
The Tigers (3-2, 0-0) showed some fight in the sixth and drew two walks to open the inning, before Shannon Teske tagged up on a foul out down the first base line and advanced home after an errant throw to third. Moberly challenged that Teske had left second early though the Tiger was ruled safe. Lake scored on the ensuing play when a groundout to first resulted in another high throw to third as South Hardin cut the deficit to 4-2.
BCLUW put any ideas of a comeback out of the question with five runs in the seventh including an RBI double from Callaway, who finished 2-for-2 at the plate. Jessica deNeui added a two-run single, before the Comets plated two more when Van Cleave reached first on an error.
Nicolette Simpson threw the final inning of relief and struck out two batters after allowing a hit to put the game away. Oaks was 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Comets, while deNeui also drove in a pair.
April Skartvedt, Mikayla Fisher and Kortney Crosser provided the Tigers with their three hits on the evening as Callaway kept the home team under wraps until the sixth.
"Olivia exploited what we've had trouble with - quality pitchers with rise balls," Donahue said.
"We don't see that enough and she just showed it, said 'This is where it's going to be', and we couldn't hit it."
Lake took the loss from the circle allowing nine runs on 13 hits, while striking out seven, walking one and hitting a batter in seven innings.
The Comets host the David Lee Tournament today and Saturday. South Hardin heads to the Webster City Tournament Saturday.