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Blue River rebounds after loss

August 24, 2018

After losing their first game of the season in heartbreaking fashion on a walk-off to Twin River, 7-6 on Aug. 16, the Blue River Panthers rebounded later that evening by trouncing Schuyler, 16-1 in just four innings.

The game against Twin River was a back-and-forth affair that saw multiple lead changes.

Blue River and Twin River were tied going into the bottom of the sixth 6-6 when Twin River was able to hit a walk-off to secure the victory.

Blue River was out hit 10-7 and committed two errors.

According to head coach Greg Jahde, there were multiple highlights during the game.

“Sophia Mefford was 2-of-4 at the plate with one RBI. Miranda Stearns was 1-for-2 with two RBI and Aspyn Harrison had a double,” Jahde said.

The Panthers didn’t have much time to get over their close defeat, as they had to turn around and play Schuyler soon after.

Blue River took the lead early and never looked back winning 16-1 in just four innings.

The Panthers outhit Schuyler 19-1 and had no errors compared to Schuyler’s five.

Allie Neujahr was the winning pitcher for Blue River.

Jahde said it was a total team effort that got them the victory against Schuyler.

“Kira Paulik was 2-for-4 with three runs scored,” Jahde said. “Mefford had three hits and Neujahr was 4-for-4 with four RBI. Kaitlyn Hain had three hits and four RBI, Sierra Harrison and Natilie Martensen each had two hits. As you can see there were a number of girls that contributed all night long. That is good to see and promising moving forward.”

The next game for the Blue River Panthers will at 5 p.m. today on the road against Douglas County West/Concordia.

Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at peter.huguenin@lee.net

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