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It probably wasn’t a total surprise that a young Boone Central/Newman Grove softball team struggled in a 14-1, three-inning loss to visiting Highway 91 in the 2015 season-opener Monday night at the Albion Sports Complex.
While the Cardinals did return seven letterwinners from 2014, they do not have a senior on the roster, just four players back with starting experience and a number of sophomores and freshmen contributing at the varsity level.
As Card Coach Danielle Amen summed up after the game, it wasn’t unusual for such a young group to display some first-game nerves and jitters.
“The first game of the season is always a tough one, getting over the jitters and working out the kinks as a team,” Amen commented. “This team has a great amount of potential and will be a force to compete with coming up this season.”
A disastrous start doomed the Cardinals on opening night. Highway 91 exploded for 11 runs in the top of the first inning with a two-run double, two-run triple, three singles and four walks.
That left BC/NG staring up from a huge hole before ever stepping to the plate. The Cardinals were able to score just a single run in the second inning, when Hanna Seier’s grounder eluded Highway 91’s first baseman and drove in Brandy Thieman, who had Boone Central/Newman Grove’s only other hit of the contest.
Highway 91 added a run in the second and two in the third to end the game.
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