The rain didn’t want to cooperate.
After weather led to the cancelation of Friday’s games at the Rolla Tournament, a reworked schedule was again met with rain on Saturday. Pacific (10-12) was able to get two of its three games on Saturday played before the rain returned, defeating Rolla (8-12), 11-9, in the first game and losing 9-7 against Cor Jesu (11-10). A scheduled game with Waynesville did not get played.
Junior shortstop Annie Mueller slugged her 15th home run of the season against Rolla, tying two school records set by Jess Damico for home runs in single season and in a career. It was the 29th blast of Mueller’s career.
Pacific Head Coach Tonya Lewis said she was pleased with the way her team performed at the tournament, totaling five home runs between the two games. Throwing out the brackets for the tournament took the pressure off.
“We were able to go in there and just be a little more relaxed about it,” Lewis said. “We went down to the wire with Rolla. They tied it up and we went into the international tiebreaker and were able to push a couple of runs across.”
In addition to her record-tying home run, Mueller also singled and walked in the game. She recorded three RBIs, stole a base and scored twice.
Rachael Ray doubled and singled twice with two runs scored and one RBI.
Grace Burrows doubled and scored a run with one RBI.
Kaylee Patton, Madi Greco and Olivia Walker each singled twice. Patton drove in two runs and scored one. Walker scored twice and stole a base. Greco picked up an RBI.
Lilly Prichard singled and walked with a run scored and a stolen base.
Bella Walker contributed a sacrifice bunt.
Amanda Daves was the pitcher of record, picking up the win on seven innings of work after allowing eight runs, five earned, on five hits and seven walks. She struck out one.
The Chargers scored six runs in the third inning to overcome an early Pacific lead after the Lady Indians scored five runs in the first two frames.
“They were a little tougher for us,” Lewis said. “Their batters were a little bit more schooled. Even though we made a run at it — Grace Burrows hit two home runs, which was amazing, Lilly Prichard hit one, which hadn’t happened all year, and Bella Walker hit one as well — we just weren’t able to come all the way back.”
Burrows was 4-4 on the day, adding to her two home runs with a double and a single. She drove in five runs.
Prichard also singled, walked and stole, scored twice and stole a base with one RBI.
Bella Walker added a single along with her home run. Olivia Walker singled twice. Greco doubled. Ray and Anna Hans each singled.
Taylor Hanger sacrificed.
Hanger threw 2.1 innings and allowed nine runs, six earned, on seven hits and two walks.
Daves finished the last 2.2 innings, allowing no runs on two hits and two walks.
Pacific concluded the regular season at Eureka Monday and next plays at Union Thursday in the Class 3 District 9 semifinals at 4 p.m.