Bouman, Evans dominate in Pipestone Area's victories over Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- It was all about the pitching Monday afternoon.
Pipestone Area's Bailey Bouman and Chelsey Evans combined to allow two hits as the Arrows swept past Worthington in a Southwest Conference softball doubleheader.
Bouman allowed one hit and no runs while striking out 15 in a 9-0 victory in Game 1, while Evans allowed one hit and no runs while striking out 10 in a 10-0 decision in Game 2. Neither pitcher allowed a walk.
"It was definitely the Bailey Bouman and Chelsey Evans show today, and they were on fine display," Worthington head coach Sam Baumgartner said. "They took care of business, and we only had two hits on the afternoon."
In the first game, Worthington's Rachel Pavelko had a single in the bottom of the first inning for the Trojans' only hit.
"Our pitching was excellent today," PA head coach Troy Bouman said. "They've done that all year, and defensively, we played well behind them. We don't make them throw too many extra pitches in an inning. Pitching and defense will take you a long ways."
In the second game, Hannah Solem had a single in the second for the lone Worthington hit in the nightcap.
"They've had dominate pitching now for several years, and they are the state champs for a reason," Baumgartner said. "It starts on the mound for them, and everything revolves around what they do on the hill."
In Game 1, Bouman recorded the first nine outs by strikeouts, and 13 of the first 15 outs were strikeouts.
"When our pitchers are throwing really well, defensively it's easy to get lax and not pay attention," Bouman said. "But we were ready every pitch."
The defense recorded six outs in the game and did not make a single error behind the sophomore hurler.
"I think it's all in my defense," Bailey Bouman said. "It's defense that wins games for us. When they come in and make plays, it makes pitching a whole lot easier."
Offensively, Bouman doubled to lead off the game, but two fly outs and a pop out ended the inning for the Arrows (9-1, 11-1).
"The first inning we had a leadoff double, and we didn't bunt her to third, which was my fault," Troy Bouman said. "We hit four fly balls into the wind, and we talked about that before the game."
The Trojans (2-8, 5-11) held the Arrows scoreless in the second inning as the game was knotted at 0 after two complete.
However, it was in the third when PA opened the flood gates offensively.
Megan VanderPoel reached on an error to start the inning, and Bouman hit a triple to drive her in.
With one out, Kayla Rowden reached on an error, and Brooke Henderson doubled to drive in another PA run.
Steph Rudie and Brooke Woelber each had an RBI as PA scored five runs in the inning to take a 5-0 lead.
"We started off well in the first in the first game after the first couple of innings," Baumgartner said. "We gave them an opportunity with an error to lead off the inning, and they capitalized on it. Before we knew it, it was 5-0. Good times like that will absolutely do that to you every time."
The Arrows added two more in the fourth on a two-run home run from Rowden -- pushing the lead to 7-0.
"Kayla Rowden hit the ball really well," Troy Bouman said. "She probably would have had three or four home runs if it wasn't for the wind."
Karli Deschepper and VanderPoel each scored in the seventh as PA took a 9-0 victory in the first game.
While it was someone different in the circle for the Arrows in the second game, the result was the same for PA.
Evans threw another gem, and the Arrow offense provided more than enough support in a 10-0 victory in five innings.
"Chelsey is phenomenal," Bailey Bouman said. "We help each other out. I help her, and she helps me, so it's great to have her come in after me."
Bouman singled to open the game for the Arrows and was later driven in by Henderson as PA had a 1-0 lead after the first inning.
After the Trojans were unable to capitalize on Solem's hit in the second, the Arrows came back for more in the bottom of the inning.
Brooke Woelber singled to lead off the inning and scored on a wild pitch. However, with two outs, Bouman, Evans and Rowden each scored as PA took a 5-0 lead after two innings.
"We really stressed to get that one run early," Troy Bouman said. "We try to get one run an inning, and all of a sudden, it seems to be more than one run an inning. We play for one an inning, and if it turns out to be more, we're happy."
Rudie reached on an error in the PA half of the third inning and later scored on a sac fly from Deschepper to push the lead to 6-0.
"We knew what the challenge was that we were facing today," Bouman said. "The girls were mentally prepared, but once those bad breaks happened, it seemed like it just took the wind out of our sails."
Rowden once again delivered a big hit in the fourth inning. With two runners on, the senior catcher hit a base-clearing triple, as PA scored four runs in the inning en route to a 10-0 victory.
PA will host Windom Thursday, while Worthington hosts Luverne the same day in a conference doubleheader to end the regular season.
Game 1 R H E
PA 005 200 2 -- 9 15 0
WHS 000 000 0 -- 0 1 2
Game 2 R H E
WHS 000 00 -- 0 1 3
PA 141 4X -- 10 9 0