Panther, Monarch softball in final week of regular season
Blue River softball split a pair of games the week of Sept. 17-Sept. 23 and sits at 7-12 as the season approaches its final weeks.
Both games were on Sept. 17 in Geneva as part of a triangular with host Fillmore Central and St. Paul. The Panthers won 6-3 over another group of Panthers in Fillmore Central and lost 5-1 to the Wildcats.
A matchup with Aurora on Sept. 18, then another triangular two days later at Stromsburg against Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay and Polk, was cancelled due to rain on both days.
The remainder of the schedule includes just four more games for sure, and perhaps more with positive result s on Saturday in the conference tournament.
The victory was earned with a quick start, five runs in the first two innings and a 6-0 lead until Fillmore Central cut it in half late.
The scoring opened with Kira Pavlik reaching base on an error in the bottom of the first followed by a single from Sophia Mefford and another defensive miscue this time off the bat of Kaitlyn Hain that brought in two runs.
Aspyn Harrison singled up the midde on an 0-2 count in the next at bat for a 3-0 lead. Another single and a one-out walk loaded the bases but Blue River went down on strikeouts to strand all three runners.
In the second after Pavlik walked and Mefford singled, both came in when the left fielder dropped Hain’s fly ball.
Mefford reached base with a one-out walk in the fourth and came around to score on a two-out single by Harrison.
A single, two doubles and a walk accounted for Fillmore Central’s three runs in the sixth.
Mefford finished 3 for 4 with three runs while Harrison earned the win in the circle and recorded two hits with the bat along with Allie Neujahr, who also had two hits.
The loss in the opening game of the day saw St. Paul score on in the fourth and four in the fifth for all the runs the Wildcats would need. The Panthers managed their only run in their final at bat.
Hain had a double. Blue River’s other five hits were all singles.
“Our biggest problem this game was our defense in the fourth inning. We gave them at least six outs,” coach Greg Jahde said in comments sent to the Banner-Press. “We also couldn’t string anything together. I think all of our hits came in five separate innings.
It was a much different story in the nightcap.
“We took advantage of some early mistakes,” Jahde said. “Aspyn was strong in the circle and the defense was good behind her.”
With a week to play, Blue River currently stands 37th in the latest power points ranking.
David City Aquinas softball completed a 4-1 week Sept. 17-Sept. 23 with victories over Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay and Fillmore Central then two more in the Central City Tournament on Saturday in a win over Pierce, another over Fillmore Central, then a title game loss to Centennial.
The Monarchs won Sept. 17 by a final of 11-0 then piled up the runs again three days later 14-6. It was the highest two-game total of the season until Saturday.
The Central City Tournament began with a 22-3 win over Pierce on a 4 for 4 performance from Bridget Sisco, 2 for 3 day by Sierra Meysenburg with a home run and a 3 for 3 day at the plate by Valerie Bohuslavsky and another home run.
Vanessa Bohuslavsky allowed just one hit and struck out four.
The second win was a 14-6 final over Fillmore Central with Vanessa and Valerie Bohuslavsky both going 3 for 3. In the circle, Vanessa allowed four hits and struck out three.
Centennial denied Aquinas the tournament title in a 10-9 final. Valerie Bohuslavsky was 3 for 4 with a triple while Darian Krenk was 3 for 4. Krenk also tossed one inning while Vanessa Bohuslavsky tossed five with seven hits.
Aquinas is 16-8 with one week remaining in the regular season.
The Monarchs opened the week with a shutout on a lone run in the first inning then five each in the third and fourth. They extended the winning streak to five in a row with the first win over Fillmore Central by taking a 10-0 lead through three and 1/2 innings.
Fillmore Central responded with two in the bottom of the fourth, but the Monarchs were back on the scoreboard in the fifth with four more. The Wildcats scored four of their own but it wasn’t nearly enough to dig out of 12-run hole.
A game was also scheduled for Tuesday at North Bend until rain cancelled the matchup.
Aquinas is currently 11th in the latest Class C power point rankings.
Nate Tenopir is the sports editor for the Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net