CHS softball 1-2 at Southeast Invite
Columbus High softball completed its second-to-last tournament of the season on Saturday in a three-game slate at Lincoln Southeast.
The Discoverers finished 1-2 against the likes of No. 5 Omaha Marian, No. 8 Grand Island and Class B No. 2 Beatrice, winning the middle contest with the Islanders sandwiched around losses to the Crusaders and the Lady Orange.
Macee Trotta and Tayler Braun put together solid tournaments at the plate combining for 10 hits and eight runs scored.
Trotta was 4 for 11 overall with a home run, four RBIs and four runs scored while Braun was 6 for 11 also with four runs scored and an RBI.
The Discoverers finished up the day 10-14 ahead of Tuesday’s doubleheader with 14-17 Norfolk. The only remaining regular season games include the Greater Nebraska Conference Tournament in Hastings on Saturday and a doubleheader with Grand Island on Oct. 1
“I’m very proud of the effort the girls put out today. To have the mindset and challenge of knowing you have three ranked opponents to play in one day, the effort and heart they played with today is a true reflection of their individual character and willingness to play for each other. They believed in each other and themselves.”
Columbus started hot at the plate in the win over Grand Island, setting the tone with back-to-back singles by Alyssa Turner and Braun who both scored on a double from Larisa Rother.
Abbi Gerber blasted a three-run third inning home run to add to the lead. Grand Island cut into the 5-0 margin with two in the in the bottom half but RBI hits by Trotta, Gerber and Kate Smith pushed the difference back to 9-2.
An insurance run in the fifth put the Mercy Rule into effect and ended the game early in the fifth.
In the Game 1 loss to Marian, the Crusaders led 2-0 after the first inning, had their advantage cut in half on a double by Katie Stachura, sacrifice bunt then sac fly by Gerber, but extended back out to a three run cushion with runs in the third and fourth.
Columbus answered with three hits, a walk, an error and five runs in the bottom of the fourth. Trotta had the big blast with a grand slam and a 6-4 turn around.
The Crusaders forced extra innings with two runs in the seventh then won it in the eighth with a single up the middle. The Discoverers stranded the go-ahead run at third with two down in the top half.
The tournament ended with Beatrice scoring seven in the second inning to overcome an early 3-1 Columbus lead.
“To battle toe-to-toe with No. 4 Marian and have it slip through your fingers then to come out and play the way they did in Game 2 against Grand Island, they showed what moving on from adversity means,” Braun said. “How easy would it have been to say, ‘I played that hard and didn’t win. I’m done?’ Even the Beatrice game when we lost the early lead they continued to play until the end.
“We just need to continue to grow and build from this weekend.”