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Lady Spartans split with No. 6 Hawks

Solon takes doubleheaders from Independence and DeWitt
Solon freshman Kayla West prepares to gun down a West Delaware runner June 6 in Solon. West earned a win in the first of two games against the Hawks, 4-3, in nine innings.

SOLON– The Lady Spartans are giving as good as they get.
Solon’s varsity softball team split a doubleheader with No. 6 (3A) West Delaware and took on two more losses at a Davenport West tournament, but managed two other WaMaC sweeps to move to 13-5 on the season.
The third-ranked Lady Spartans hosted the sixth-ranked Hawks June 6 in Solon for a well-anticipated WaMaC East matchup. Solon took the first game in nine innings, 4-3, before falling in the nightcap, 4-1.
Freshman Kayla West struck out six and walked two while giving up three runs (one earned) for the win in the opener.
West Delaware opened up an early 2-0 lead before Solon was on the scoreboard with a run in the bottom of the second. Junior Madison Rogers tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning with a solo home run.
West gave up six hits through the first three innings, but settled in to hold the Hawks until the top of the ninth inning, when West Delaware took a 3-2 lead.
The Lady Spartans responded with two runs in the bottom of the ninth for the win.
Senior Bryn Hanrahan and sophomore Taylor Ryan were each 3-5 at the plate for Solon. Senior McKenna Miller and freshman Jadyn Jeter each had two hits. RBI went to Rogers, Ryan, senior Tara Lance and Jeter.
Miller took the loss in game two, allowing four runs (three earned) on 10 hits while striking out five and walking two.
West Delaware scored three times in the top of the third inning and added an insurance run in the top of the seventh.
Incoming freshman Monet Barnhouse scored Solon’s only run in the bottom of the third.

Solon rebounded the next night, sweeping Independence, 5-3 and 9-3, at home June 7.
The Lady Spartans made the most of six hits and five stolen bases, scoring three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning after the Mustangs took an early 1-0 lead off starter West.
Solon added two more runs in the fifth, and West held Independence scoreless for four innings until giving up two late seventh-inning runs. West struck out eight and allowed three runs (none earned) on eight hits while walking none.
Miller had a two-run single, while Taylor Moore and Ryan each doubled in runs.
The Lady Spartans broke open the other game with five quick runs in the first inning, and Miller kept the Mustangs off the scoreboard until the seventh inning for the 9-3 win.
Miller struck out four and walked two, giving up seven hits and three late runs.
Rogers was 3-4 at the plate and scored twice, while Miller and senior Jess Heick had two-hit games with a home run each. Lance was 3-3 with two runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Jeter and Miller each had two RBI.

After dropping two games at a weekend Davenport West tournament (a 4-2 loss to Davenport North and a 6-3 loss to 5A No. 13 Muscatine), Solon regrouped to take two games at Central DeWitt Monday, June 12.
The Lady Spartans combined for 12 hits and ran away with a 12-2 win, and had 10 stolen bases (five from Hanrahan) and only five hits in a 7-2 victory.
Hanrahan, Ryan, Heick and Miller all doubled in the 12-2 blowout. Hanrahan was 3-4 with three stolen bases and four runs scored, while Ryan was 4-4 with three runs scored and two RBI. Miller and Heick each also had two RBI.
Solon opened the game with a four-run first inning, and added three runs in the second and three in the third. The final two runs came in the top of the fifth.
Miller earned the win on the mound, striking out three and walking none while allowing two earned runs over five innings.
West collected the 7-2 win with five strikeouts and one walk. She allowed five hits and two runs (none earned) over six innings. Miller pitched an inning of scoreless relief in the seventh.
Hanrahan had three of Solon’s five hits, an RBI, two runs scored and her quintet of stolen bases.