Strong first inning propels the Lady Lions over the Warriors

By Giovanni Coronel
Posted 6/13/24


The Lady Lions, while on the road to battle conference foe WACO, wasted no time, steamrolling the Warriors for a shutout win, 18-0, in three innings on June 4.  

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Strong first inning propels the Lady Lions over the Warriors



The Lady Lions, while on the road to battle conference foe WACO, wasted no time, steamrolling the Warriors for a shutout win, 18-0, in three innings on June 4.  

From the jump the Lady Lions found a groove on offense, scoring 10 runs in the top of the first. The Warriors, who have yet to win a game this season, could not find an answer to Lone Tree’s offensive onslaught. 

Lone Tree added one more run to their lead in the second before completely taking over  the game in the third by scoring seven more runs.  

With this win Lone Tree stays undefeated on the season, 5-0, and in conference play, 3-0. 

Pitching in all three innings for Lone Tree was junior Alex Dautremont. Dautremont continues to be reliable on the mound for the Lady Lions, retiring six batters while only giving up three hits and zero walks. 

Lone Tree ended the game with eight hits as a team with Vivian Zaruba leading the way with two hits. Zaruba was also a flash as a baserunner, stealing four bases and scoring thrice. Teammate Rylee Shield also scored a team high three times. 

When it came to bringing home their teammates for the score, the trio of Olivia Magruder, Harper Kuboushek, and Abby Zaruba all had a team high two RBIs.

 Louisa-Muscatine 20, Lone Tree 3

Suffering the first blemish on their record this year, the Lady Lions were overrun by the Louisa-Muscatine Falcons on June 6.

This was a contest between two teams at the top of the conference and with this win the Falcons improved their record to 9-2 and 5-0 in conference play. For Lone Tree, this loss drops its record to 5-1 and its conference record to 3-1. 

After four innings the Falcons built up a 6-0 lead before adding five more in the top of the fifth. 

Lone Tree scored three runs in the bottom of the fifth to cut into their deficit but Louisa-Muscatine all but shut the door when they scored nine runs in the sixth. 

Leading the team, it was a two-hit day for Lone Tree junior Vivian Zaruba. Fellow juniors Rylee Shield and Sami Branson both recorded one RBI each. 

Pitching in five and two thirds of an inning for Lone Tree was Abby Zaruba, recording one strikeout. 

Wapello 6, Lone Tree 3

In a back-and-forth game it was a late sixth inning surge by the Wapello Arrows that allowed them to defeat Lone Tree on June 7. 

  The home Arrows (6-6) made it three wins in a row with this conference victory and for Lone Tree (5-2) this game marked back-to-back losses. 

Wapello was the first on the board, scoring twice in the second, but the Lady Lions scoring three runs in the third gave them their first lead of the game. The Arrows tied the game with a single run in the third. 

This contest remained tied until the sixth where the Arrows found home three times to what would end up being game winning scores. 

Recording one hit each for Lone Tree was Rylee Shield, Kayleigh Rundlett, Addison McCullough, and Haley Bockelman. Abby Zaruba and Hogan Eden both grounded out to get one RBI each. 

Throwing 112 pitches for the Lady Lions was junior Alex Dautremont, allowing six runs on nine hits while striking out eight batters. 

Lone Tree 7, Grand View Christian 5

HLV 4, Lone Tree 3

Heading to Thornburg to compete in a weekend invitational, the Lady Lions split a pair of games, defeating the Grand View Christian Thunder, and falling to HLV Warriors on June 8.

With the game against GVC tied at 2-2 after three innings, Lone Tree used a five-run inning in the fourth to take the lead. The Thunder could not battle back against this deficit, only scoring three more runs for the remainder of the game.

Going a perfect four-for-four while up to bat was Lone Tree’s Alex Dautremont. In addition to collecting four hits, Dautremont also scored one run and had one RBI.

Getting the win on the mound for Lone Tree was Abby Zaruba, pitching in all seven innings. She struck out two batters while giving up six hits and four walks.

   In their second contest of the invitational, the Warriors had a walk off win on Lone Tree. 

With one inning remaining the game was tied at 3-3. After shutting out Lone Tree in the top of the seventh, HLV junior Raegan Molyneauz hit a game winning RBI single to score a single run.

As a team Lone Tree tallied five hits with Kayleigh Rundlett leading the team with two. Ending with a team high two RBIs was Abby Zaruba.

Alex Dautremont once again represented Lone Tree on the mound, finishing with five strikeouts and allowing eight hits. 

 Holy Trinity 4, Lone Tree 0

Despite out hitting their opponent on the road, 5-3, Lone Tree was unable to find the scoreboard and were defeated by the Holy Trinity Catholic Crusaders on June 10.

The Crusaders scored one run in the fourth before putting up three more in the sixth to take the win. 

While up to bat, Lone Tree was led by junior Rylee Shield with two hits in three attempts. Strikeout out eight batters was Lone Tree’s starting pitcher, Alex Dautremont. In six innings she also allowed three hits and three walks. 

Up next for Lone Tree (6-4) is a home conference game against the Columbus Wildcats (2-12) on June 13.