The River City Rampage won two and lost five in the Memorial Day Classic held in Kansas City, Missouri. Rampage went 2-4 in pool play, but lost their first bracket game to the St. Louis Heat Monday morning.
Rampage got off to a slow start in their first of three pool games Saturday, with a 9-0 loss against the Oklahoma City Strikkers. Kristen Burnett took the loss and managed the only hit in the game for Rampage.
In game two, the Lady Saints handed Rampage another disappointing 7-3 loss. Shelby Lecuru took the loss, but had two hits for the game and scored two of three runs. Madi Wisch managed a single and scored the remaining run. Kenzie Blythe and Chelsey Werdehausen each had a hit, while Jennifer Buschjost smacked the only double for the evening.
In game three the bad luck continued as Rampage fell to the Xtreme Heat, 7-1. Kristen Burnett got a hit and scored the only run. Jennifer Buschjost, Kate Allison, Kenzie Blythe, and Megan Atkinson each had hits for Rampage.
Sunday was entirely different as Rampage continued pool play and was eager to make up for Saturdays losses; first up Club Elite Classics and a 6-1 win for Rampage. Kristen Burnett got the win and scored two runs. Shelby Lecuru, Madi Wisch, Kayla Schulte, and Jennifer Buschjost also scored. Schulte and Buschjost each had a double, while Lecuru, Wisch, Burnett, Buschjost and Blythe rounded it out with one hit each.
Game 5 and a short lived winning streak was born as Rampage took on ESC Black and a 9-4 win. Shelby Lecuru was the winning pitcher and scored a run. Kayla Schulte and Jennifer Buschjost each scored two, while Madi Wisch, Kristen Burnett, Kenzie Blythe, Megan Atkinson and Chelsey Werdehausen each added runs to the scoreboard. Buschjost managed the only double for the game, while Lecuru, Schulte, Burnett, and Atkinson each had two hits. Blythe, Werdehausen, and Hannah Stone also added a hit.
Sorry folks – we’re missing the details of game 6 against the Blue Springs Lightning, but it was a loss for ole team Rampage.
Memorial Day kicked off the bracket and it was a nasty, rainy day to be playin’ ball. And to make matters worse, the seeding worked out such that Rampage first game was against the Missouri Heat, the only undefeated team in the tournament. Kristen Burnett led the charge with a single and an over-the-fence two run homer, driving in Shelby Lecuru who also had a hit. The only other hit was a deep shot into right for a double, by Chelsey Werdehausen. In the end, it was the Heat over Rampage, 10-1 and a trip back home.