Albion’s 18 & Under girls softball team competed in the Class B state tournament this past weekend, posting a 1-3 record in a series of close, hard-fought contests.
Albion opened the tourney Friday afternoon, dropping a 4-3 heartbreaker to Wimmer’s of West Point.
Trailing 4-1, the Albion girls gave one final determined effort in the bottom of the seventh. Molt led off with a walk and Shannon Stuhlmiller doubled with one out. Glidden scored both runners with a double and went to third on a passed ball, but a pop fly to shortstop and a final strikeout left her stranded there.
Albion suffered a second agonizing loss later Friday, as Fairbury Ice scored two late runs for a 4-2 victory. A lead-off single, stolen base and two sacrifices allowed the Ice to edge ahead 3-2 in the top of the fourth and Fairbury added another run in the fifth with a lead-off double and RBI single.
Terri Molt singled for Albion with two out in the fifth and advanced to third with a stolen base and passed ball, but was stranded there. Stuhlmiller had a lead-off single in the sixth and got to third after a pair of sacrifices, but Albion again failed to push the runner home. With a final chance in the seventh, Becca Reicks singled with one out, but back-to-back strikeouts ended the rally bid.
Albion bounced back with a taut 4-3 decision over North Bend Platte Valley Bank Saturday morning.
Platte Valley Bank opened scoring with a run in the top of the frame, but had another runner thrown out at third base and two additional players stranded at second and third.
Albion did a better job cashing in on its opportunities in the bottom of the inning. Molt singled with one out and Stuhlmiller came through with a two-out RBI single. Kelsey Lee followed with another base hit, Maria Glidden plated Stuhlmiller with a single and Reicks gave Albion a 4-1 lead with a two-run hit.
The local girls hung on from there.
Albion’s state tournament stay ended with a 7-1 loss to the Oakland-Lyons Rockets Saturday.
Oakland-Lyons used a pair of doubles to take a 4-1 lead against Mewhirter in the second inning and added three more runs in the fourth before Nelson came on in relief.
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