Cardinal softball team scores first wins of 2016

A plethora of hits added up to the first two victories of the 2016 softball season for the Boone Central/Newman Grove Cardinals Thursday.
BC/NG traveled to Stromsburg, where the Cardinals topped host Polk County (11-6) and Schuyler (10-0), improving their season record to 2-1.
“It was great to see the ladies’ hard work pay off,” said Card Coach Danielle Amen. “The girls are having fun and playing relaxed right now, and I see their confidence rising every day.”
Boone Central/Newman Grove batted the ball all around the park in the opener, amassing 17 hits in an 11-6 win. The Cardinals started fast, with four first-inning runs, and after Polk County closed the gap to 6-4 in the bottom of the second, stretched the margin back to 11-4 with two runs in the third and three in the fifth. The hosts tallied two in the sixth, but could not complete a rally against BC/NG pitcher Keiley Tisthammer.
Riley Boyd led the Cards at the plate, going 3-for-4 and driving in two runs. Karlie Tisthammer, Paige Ketteler, Jaclyn Frey, Brandy Thieman, Hanna Seier and Ashtin Kaumans all had two hits, and Kaumans cracked a triple. Thieman also drove in two runs, along with scoring three.
Tisthammer got her first victory of the season, allowing six runs – four earned – on five hits, striking out eight and walking three.
Boone Central/Newman Grove followed up that victory by rolling over Schuyler 10-0 in the nightcap. The Cardinals took control early, scoring six runs in the first and leading 9-0 after two innings.
BC/NG again reached double figures in hits with 11. Boyd went 3-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Taylor Olnes, Keiley Tisthammer and Kaumans all collected two hits. Olnes scored twice, as did Frey and Kaumans, and both Tisthammers drove in two.
Keiley Tisthammer again picked up the W, striking out four in three perfect innings.

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