By Joe Kleffner
After a tough loss to conference leading Middleton High School, the Kuna High School Lady Kavemen softball team bounce back to beat Emmett on the road and Caldwell at home.
Middleton was a well fought game where the Lady Kavemen had the lead for five innings. Nicole Arizana was efficient as always at the plate and from the mound, going 2-4 and striking out eight while walking only two. The Lady Kavemen scored three runs in the third off of two walks and two hits. Macey Clark was had a leadoff walk and was hit in by Nicole Arizana. Aubree Newman reached on a base on balls and she and Nicole were hit in by Adriana Reyna. The Viking scored six runs in the next three innings with back to back homeruns, two walks, and two doubles. The Lady Kavemen only cross the plate once more after an Arizana double and scored by a Newman single.
The Lady Kavemen travelled to Emmett on Thursday, April 25, where the Huskies were waiting to avenge a walk-off loss in their previous meeting. Sophomore pitcher Nicole Arizana quickly squashed any hopes that Emmett might have had by walking and stealing a base to lead off the game. Senior outfielder McKenzie Callahan doubled to drive her in, and was then scored herself on a wild pitch. The Kavemen bats were only getting started on their way to a 12-2 rout. Taking advantage of numerous Emmett misplays and five hit batters, the offense scored in six of the seven innings played. Arizana led the way, reaching base on all five trips to the plate, while Callahan took advantage of Arizana’s on-base percentage knocked in four runs while scoring three herself. Senior Aubree Newman drove in a run and senior Kylie Nell knocked in two. In the circle, Arizana dominated, giving up two runs (both unearned) and striking out ten while walking only one.
On Friday, the Cougars of Caldwell High paid a visit, only to run into the red hot Arizana. She cruised to a 4-0 shutout victory while again posting ten strikeouts and this time walking no one. The Cougars never got a runner as far as third base in the game. Callahan scored the first run in what started as a pitcher’s duel when junior Adriana Reyna drove her in with a single to right field in the third inning. Caldwell pitcher Braxton Ramos kept any more runs from scoring until the bottom of the sixth when Nell and sophomore Nicole Carlisle reached on back-to-back singles. Senior Rachel Bisping knocked them both in with a triple, then scored herself on junior Michaela Mills’ sacrifice fly.
The Lady Kavemen close out the regular season Tuesday, April 30, where it will be Senior Night against rivals Mountain Home.
Joe Kleffner is the KHS softball coach.