Boone Central/Newman Grove’s 2017 softball season ended with a second-round loss in the abbreviated C-4 District tournament at West Point.
As rainy weather conditions played havoc with tournament schedules around the state, the C-4 tourney, originally set for Thursday/Friday, was condensed to a single-elimination format Saturday to decide the district’s state qualifier.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (16-13) began its quest with a strong 10-0 victory over Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in it’s district opener, but could not generate offense or runs in a harrowing 1-0 loss to Ponca in the second round.
Cardinals 10, M/H/LHF 0
Boone Central/Newman Grove scored three runs in the bottom of the first inning against Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family (1-28), which would be all the Cardinals would need to support a dominant performance by pitcher Keiley Tisthammer.
Tisthammer shut down M/H/LHF from the outset, allowing just a single hit in the contest, while striking out 15 of the 19 batters she faced. Tisthammer fanned nine straight in a stretch from the second to fifth innings.
Ponca 1, Cardinals 0
The C-4 semifinal between Boone Central/Newman Grove and Ponca (7-12) was a taut pitching duel, with the Indians prevailing on an unearned fifth-inning run.
Cardinal Emily Groeteke and Ponca’s Hughes were in control throughout. Boone Central/Newman Grove outhit the Indians 3-2 and had runners at second base in the first and sixth innings, but it was Ponca that crossed home plate.
Lamprecht drew a one-out walk in the fifth inning, advanced on a Cardinal error and a passed ball, then scampered home from third base on a second Boone Central/Newman Grove miscue to score the eventual winning run.
It turned into a tough decision for Groeteke, who was superb on the mound, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out 11 batters. Hughes received good defensive support in a three hit, six strikeout, one walk performance.
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