Lady O picks up 2 wins
LINCOLN -- The Beatrice softball team went 2-1 Saturday in the Lincoln Southeast Invitational.
The Lady O defeated Grand Island 5-2 in their opening game, but then dropped their second game to Omaha Marian 9-1.
In their final game, Beatrice defeated Columbus 11-4.
In the win over Grand Island, Addie Barnard pitched all six innings, giving up two earned runs on four hits while striking out six and walking one.
Barnard also had a home run and a single in the game while Olivia Aden had two singles, an RBI and a run scored. Hannah Lytle and Reganne Henning had a double each while Ashton Sandman and Tavia Hausman had a single each.
Omaha Marian scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second inning and two runs in the third inning to build a 9-0 lead. Beatrice scored its lone run in the fifth inning.
Beatrice’s offense had three hits in the game, a double from Aden and singles from Whitney Schwisow and Rylee Pangborn.
Pangborn and Bailey combined to pitch four innings for Beatrice.
In the 11-4 win over Columbus, Beatrice blasted five home runs. Ashton Sandman had two of those home runs along with a single, three RBI’s and two runs scored.
Barnard and Tavia Hausman each had a home run and a single while Lytle had Beatrice’s fifth home run.
Aden had four hits and was just a home run away from hitting for the cycle. She had three RBI’s and two runs scored. Henning and Reagan Delabar had a single each.
Beatrice is now 22-4 on the season and will wrap up their home schedule on Tuesday when they host a triangular with Waverly and Platteview.
Norris wins their pool
Trailing by six runs to Lincoln Pius X, Norris needed a spark.
The Class B No. 10 Titans got it from leadoff hitter Kenzie Roy, who began the fifth inning with a single. Ten batters later, the Titans secured an 8-7, walk-off win.
That ignited a 3-0 run through pool play for Norris during Saturday’s Southeast Invitational at Bair Softball Complex.
Norris was one of six pool winners Saturday. The others were Class A No. 1 Papillion-La Vista, Class A No. 5 Omaha Marian, Class A No. 10 Omaha Burke, Class B No. 3 Omaha Skutt and Class B No. 7 Bennington.
After rallying against Pius X, Norris followed with a 10-2 win against Millard North, and capped the day with a 5-3 win against Kearney, a game that featured some clutch pitching for the Norris hurlers.
“I think our pitching got consistent when we needed it to,” Norris coach Dave Carpenter said. “Everybody’s pretty tired by the third game, but the kids persevered and we’re proud of them.”
Saturday’s three wins capped a big week for the Titans (14-7). They earned W’s against conference foes Waverly and Blair, which featured a big rally against the Bears. It was capped by a walk-off hit from Taryn Tracy.
Tracy came up big again Saturday, singling in the winning run against the Thunderbolts.
“We got a couple base runners and then a couple hits and then it started rolling,” Carpenter said. “The kids just started feeling more positive. We’ve had some come-from-behind wins lately, so the kids know they can do it. It doesn’t always work that way, but today it did.”
Papillion-La Vista, which has been known to put games away early, had to grind out a 4-0 win against No. 7 Lincoln North Star before holding off Class B No. 4 Elkhorn 6-4 and Norfolk 8-6.
“It was good for us,” Papio coach Todd Petersen said. “Had a little adversity. It was good to have Bailee Lampman (the Monarchs’ second pitcher) get some time in there and do a good job for us, make us play defense.”
The Monarchs’ ace, Jordyn Bahl, had 14 strikeouts against North Star, seven against Elkhorn and two in relief against Norfolk.
Other Sunland scores
Auburn 6, Freeman 1
Freeman 8, Yutan/Mead 7
Freeman 9, Cass County Central 3
Crete 11, Fairbury 1
Fairbury 7, Northwest 4
Nebraska City 9, Fairbury 8
Wilber-Clatonia 14, Polk County 10
Wilber-Clatonia 16, Ord 7
Adams Central 12, Wilber-Clatonia 0