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Adrian Area slides past Edgerton

EDGERTON -- Adrian Area's Karli Meyer is on a roll.

A day after throwing a near perfect game, the freshman pitcher hurled another gem as the Dragons defeated Edgerton 4-2 in a Red Rock Conference softball game Wednesday.

"I pitched all right, but I think the team really backed me up on the hits that I gave up," Meyer said. "I think it was a team effort."

The AA (4-5, 6-9) defense was solid on the few plays it had to make Wednesday. The Dragons did not commit an error behind Meyer, who allowed six hits and two earned runs.

"I thought we played very well. Karli pitched well, and we played pretty solid defense," Adrian Area head coach Markus Okeson said. "I don't know how many errors we committed, but it didn't feel like very many. We hit the ball when we needed to."

Meyer struck out 10 and walked only three batters in the game.

"I don't know how many walks she had, but it seemed like she had minimal walks and had a few strikeouts and let the defense do a little bit," Okeson said.

While Meyer seemed to be in control for most of the game, the freshman hurler's biggest obstacle came when the umpire ruled she was making illegal pitches -- forcing Meyer to alter her delivery mid-game.

"It was a little bit tough out on the mound, but you deal with it," Meyer said.

The AA offense got on the board right away in the top of the first.

With one out, Melissa Weidert walked, and Meyer followed with a single.

Briana Niebuhr singled to load the bases with Brooke Kramer at the plate.

Kramer came through with a two-RBI double as AA took a 2-0 lead after the first inning.

"They capitalized when they had opportunities, and we just didn't make the most of our opportunities," Edgerton head coach Andrew Fleischman said.

Edgerton (4-5, 6-10) had an opportunity in the first inning. Sammi Vanden Bosch singled to lead off the game.

However, the Dragon defense came up with a double play, and Meyer got the last out by a groundout as Edgerton came up empty in the first.

"Adrian played well, and Karli pitched a good game," Fleischman said. "They made the plays behind her; we just made a couple mistakes here and missed a couple opportunities."

AA went down in order in the second, but had another opportunity in the third.

Weidert reached on an error, and with two outs, Kramer walked to give the Dragons two runners on. However, Edgerton pitcher Katie Hadler (7 innings, five hits, three earned runs, seven walks, eight strikeouts) got Mary Loosbrock to strikeout to end the threat.

Finally, in the fourth inning, the Dragons broke through for more runs.

Shania Lonneman, Alyssa Meyer and Courtney Dreesen each walked to start the fourth inning.

Sam Lynn hit a ground ball that was misplayed as Lonneman scored. Meyer would score as well, but Dreesen was thrown out at home trying to score on a wild pitch.

"They made a few nice plays and got out of some jams," Okeson said. "They threw us out at home one time, and they did what they needed to do."

Facing a 4-0 deficit, the Flying Dutchmen offense went to work in the bottom of the fourth.

Hailey Van Kley was the first of three Edgerton singles. She would later score on a Hadler single, as the Flying Dutchmen scored two runs in the inning to climb back in the game.

Edgerton had another chance in the sixth to push across another run.

Hadler singled, and Ingrid Jasper followed with a walk. Each runner advanced on a stolen base to give Edgerton two runners in scoring position, but neither runner was able to score as Meyer recorded the final out in the inning.

"For the most part, we didn't kick the ball around too much, and we made the plays," Fleischman said. "I thought we had some situations where if we could have come through, we might have been able to win the game."

After recording two strikeouts to start the seventh inning, Edgerton's Macy Butson singled, and Vanden Bosch walked to put the tying run on first base.

"I was nervous, but I had faith in everybody," Meyer said of the last inning. "I figured that we'd pull it out. We did good. Everybody worked hard, and our whole team did great."

Meyer was able to record the last out as AA took a 4-2 victory.

The Dragons left eight runners on base in the game and managed five hits against Hadler.

"You have those games where some days you're on, and some days you're not," Meyer said. "We had a couple of good hits that saved us, but otherwise, there's another game."

AA will travel to RRC/W-WG today, while Edgerton travels to Murray County Central.


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