True to its chosen team name, the Albion Extreme Lightning 16 & under girls softball team had an extremely successful 2010 summer season.
The Extreme Lightning, which earlier finished as runners-up in district play, concluded its campaign recently by placing third in league tournament action and competing in the Class C State Tournament at Auburn.
After losing to Pierce in league tourney play, the Albion Extreme bounced back to wallop Creighton, the eventual Class D state champion, 13-0 in the consolation contest July 7.
Unfortunately, the Extreme was unable to keep the magic going at the Class C state tourney July 9-10 at Auburn.
“We were very close in most of the games – more than the scores would indicate,” Atwood commented. “We stranded a lot of runners – our situational hitting just wasn’t quite there.”
Albion opened state play with a 9-2 loss to Platte Valley Bank.
Dropping to the losers bracket, with teams assured three games, the Extreme ran into a tough Wahoo Union Bank squad and lost a 15-2 decision. The Extreme regrouped to put one in the victory column, topping the Rally Katz 7-3 with a solid all-around effort. The Extreme Lightning closed state play with a 10-1 loss to Atkinson.
Despite falling short of expectations in the state tournament, the Extreme, with their lofty league and district finishes, could consider 2010 a very successful summer.
“I’m very proud of our girls – they do anything you ask of them on the field,” Atwood said. “I’d also like to give a high five to Coach Scott Stuhlmiller for handling the X’s and O’s so I could concentrate on motivation.”
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