CHS softball splits at Fremont

September 19, 2018

The Columbus High softball team went on the road for the first time in nearly two weeks, splitting a doubleheader at Fremont on Monday night. The Discoverers defeated the Tigers 4-1 in Game 1 and then took a 6-3 loss in Game 2.

After posting a 3-4 record during a seven-game homestand between Sept. 6 and Sept. 13, Columbus is 9-12 in the regular season with districts quickly approaching on Oct. 4.

“We played good ball tonight and minimized mistakes,” coach Paul Braun said, in comments sent to The Telegram. “We just need to get more consistent with our play.”

Columbus pulled away in Game 1 with a three-run fifth inning that blew open a pitcher’s duel.

Rylie Olson started the rally with a single then moved over on a single by Alyssa Turner. Tayler Braun was hit by a pitch to load the bases for a Larisa Rother 2-RBI single.

Braun coaxed a throw at third that went into left field allowing her to score and make it 4-1.

Katie Stachura limited Fremont to one hit the rest of the way for the win in the circle

Fremont scored first and took a 1-0 lead in the second inning. Columbus tied it up on singles by Rebecca Hazlett, Turner and Braun who drove in Hazlett for the tie.

Turner went 3 for 4 while Braun, Rother and Hazlett each had two hits. Stachura allowed seven hits in the win.

Game 2 saw Fremont establish a 4-0 lead through two innings and ride that advantage to the victory. Columbus tried to mount a comeback with two runs in the sixth, but Fremont answered in the bottom half with two of its own.

The Discoverers plated another run in the seventh but left two on as the final out was recorded.

Braun, Rother and Hazlett each collected two hits while Rother and Macee Trotta both doubled and drove in a run.

As of Monday’s results, Columbus ranks 15th out of 28 teams in the Class A district standings with an average power point figure of 40.14. According to the current standings, Columbus would be assigned to a district with No. 1 Papillion-LaVista (20-0), Lincoln Southeast (11-13) and Omaha Bryan (0-18).

“On defense tonight, we stepped up tonight and made some really nice plays. We had two or three double plays,” Braun said. “We are making strides, we’ve just got to keep working hard and putting in the time to make ourselves and our team better.”

Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for the Columbus Telegram. You can reach him via email at sports@columbustelegram.com

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