Belton and Ray-Pec ladies met two days in a row in different venues. On September 9, the golf teams squared off in high winds and lots of sunshine. The season for the Ray-Pec girls golf team is an extreme source of pride for Ray-Pec. As of print time, the both the JV and Varsity team are undefeated in head to head matches and had placed 2nd out of 21 in a tournament and 3rd out of 17 in a second tournament. Constancy and hard work are the keys to the team’s success with all of their varsity team returning from last year.
“Physically, I will just hit harder. Depending on which way the wind is coming from, I will reposition my body and depending on how hard it is blowing I’ll change clubs,”
said Ray-Pec Junior Megan Oshel describing her battle with the strong winds that plagued the match.
“All in all, I feel like we are doing better than we did last year, but I know we can do better than what we are doing,” said Senior Maddie Elliston of her Belton JV team.
The next day the two schools met up under very different circumstances. The sun was gone replaced by clouds and drizzle, but the wind was still a factor. It was cold for fans and players alike. Both the JV and Varsity ladies softball teams met in back to back games.
The JV teams took the field first and from the first inning the Panthers dominated the Pirates. By the bottom of the third second inning, the Panthers were up 12-0. The Pirates finally got on the board with two runs. Putting off the mercy rule ending, but it caught up to them in the fourth inning when Ray-Pec scored two more runs and then pitched a scoreless bottom half.
With the JV game wrapping up early, many players and fans made their way to the upper field where the varsity game was beginning.
This contest was much closer with great pitching, ball handling, and hitting on both sides. In the end one player was a major factor in the final score. With the score tied at five, Madison Hunsaker came to the plate and homered, plating Amelie Hall. She racked up three RBIs on three hits for the Pirates.
Ray-Pec’s lineup had no answer for Hunsaker, managing just one hit off of her. She allowed no earned runs, walked none and struck out two during her two innings of work. Leading the Pirates to a 7-5 victory over Ray-Pec.
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