A furious comeback effort fell short and then the rain came to squash the Peru State softball team hopes of winning their first game of the season on Friday.
 
The Bobcats faced Lindenwood-Belleville (LBU) (Ill.) in Batesville, Ark., in a tri-match being hosted by Lyon College. The Peru State-LBU game was the only one played on Friday as the rain set in around 9:30 a.m.
 
It was the first contest for both teams.
 
Game Action
 
It was a rough start for the Bobcats in the first couple of inning as they had yet to get outside to practice. Five errors in the first inning allowed LBU to score six runs.
 
The Lions would add two in the bottom of the second and two more in the bottom of the third to lead 10-0 before Peru State would go to bat in the top of the fourth.
 
Tyler Farrell (Brandon, Fla.) singled to center to start the top of the fourth and went to second on a wild pitch. Ally Hazen (Maxwell) then reached on a walk. Another wild pitch allowed Farrell to move to third. After an out, another wild pitch scored Farrell and Hazen went to second. One more wild pitch moved Hazen to third. Takia Walker (Enterprise, Ala.) reached on a walk as did Alena Montoya (Lakewood, Colo.) to load the bases. Payton Beckmann (Syracuse) would ground out, but Hazen was able to score to pull the Bobcats within eight at 10-2.
 
Lindenwood-Belleville would score five more in the bottom of the fourth to extend their lead to 15-2.
 
Peru State would not give up and had a huge top of the fifth.
 
After a bunch of position changes by the Lions, Regan Kirby (Gretna) started the top of the fifth with a walk, but was forced out at second on a fielder's choice as Jordynn Jimenez (Delano, Calif.) reached first. Farrell singled down the right field line with Jimenez moving to third. Hazen was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Morgan Ritchie (Lincoln) singled to shallow center to score Jimenez. On a wild pitch, Farrell scored with the others advancing one base. Walker reached on a walk to again load the bases. Montoya singled to second to drive in Hazen. Beckmann was hit by a pitch to score Ritchie. Shelbi Audsley (Prescott Valley, Ariz.) hit a sacrifice fly to right to score Walker. Kirby came back to the plate and singled to short to again load the bases. Jimenez doubled to deep left-center to clear the bases. Farrell singled to deep right with Jimenez scoring, but those nine runs would eventually prove to not be enough as the game was eventually called.
 
Lindenwood-Belleville would score their 15 runs on 12 hits and did not commit any errors. Peru State scored their 11 runs on eight hits and had seven miscues.
 
Farrell led the team by going 3 for 4 with 1 RBI. Kirby added 2 hits. Jimenez led the team with 3 RBI while Beckmann was credited with 2.
Alana Krieser (Lincoln) started the game for Peru State and was tagged for the loss. Krieser threw 2 outs allowing 4 hits and 6 runs – 2 earned. Bailey Bitz (Ravenna) threw 1.1 innings. Bitz allowed 5 hits and 4 runs – 3 earned. Taylor Moya (Keenesburg, Colo.) threw 2 innings. Moya gave up 3 hits and 5 runs – 2 earned.