After winning a pair of mid-week games to push its record above .500, the Cardinal softball team hosted an exciting Boone Central Tournament Saturday and finished a busy week of play with an overall 5-5 season record.
Boone Central opened Saturday’s tournament against Class C Top 10 Twin River, a team that had no-hit the Cardinals one week ago, and pushed the Titans to the limit before losing a 10-9 decision in the bottom of the sixth inning.
The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead and held a 9-6 edge before Twin River rallied with four in the final frame.
“The girls played a great game, starting strong and capitalizing on Twin River’s errors,” said Coach Cassie Olson. “However, Twin River hit the ball hard at the end and took advantage of some errors and walks on our part to eek out the win.”
Boone Central came back with another strong start and also finished strong in a 7-0 victory over High Plains.
“I was proud of how the girls bounced back from a disappointing loss to clinch a solid win,” praised Olson. “We combined great defense and offense.”
Boone Central was forced to use junior varsity pitchers against a Cross County team they had defeated in the season opener and dropped a 14-9 decision to conclude the tournament.
The Cougars broke open a one-run game with 10 runs in the third inning. The Cardinals tried to rally with two in the fourth and four in the fifth, but could not dig out of the deep hole.
“With our varsity pitcher gone, I was pleased with our our young pitchers, and team overall, never gave up,” said Olson. “They were tired and hot, but dug deep to rally at the end. Although we didn’t win, that felt good!”
Boone Central got its busy week started Tuesday with a 5-1 victory over David City at the sports complex in Albion.
In a taut pitching duel, the teams battled through four scoreless innings before Molt drove in VanWormer with a double in the fifth.
David City answered with a run in the sixth, but Boone Central used a four-run outburst in the bottom of the inning to claim the win. Glidden opened with a double and scored on Carder’s triple. Lee followed with an RBI double and, one out later, Sara Wells blasted an RBI triple. Stuhlmiller’s single knocked in Wells to conclude scoring.
Boone Central hosted North Bend Central Thursday and improved to 4-3 with another solid pitching and defensive performance in a 6-2 victory.
“The girls played excellent defense, making great stops and throws,” Olson noted. “Offensively, I was very happy with their aggressive attitude at the plate and on the bases.”
Boone Central broke a 2-2 tie with runs by Mescher and Carder in the third and secured the decision with tallies by Atwood and Carder in the fourth.
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