The Nebraska City 16u softball team are now 25-10 on the summer after picking up two wins against Cass County Central and Palmyra on Thursday, June 7, at the Nebraska City Softball Complex.
NC 12 CCC 0
Nebraska City pounded out 13 hits against Cass County Central.
In the second inning, Ramsee Henderson lead off with a single. Elizabeth Hodges hit a double, followed by a bunt single by Lindsey Booth. With the bases loaded, Mara Davis hit a RBI single to give NC a 1-0 advantage. Hodges scored on a passed ball and Johna Tharp ripped a two RBI double. With a runner on base, Taylor Moyer drilled a line drive ball to right center field and came all the way around to score for an inside the park HR.
Nebraska City would get back-to-back triples from Abby Balfour and Patricia Trice. Taylor Nicolay stepped to the plate and drove the ball to deep centerfield that hit the middle of the fence for a double, and Trice scored easily from third, and NC led 8-0.
In the bottom half of the third, NC tacked on four more runs. Sydney Schmitz drilled a single and with two runners on, Davis hit a RBI base hit.
Tharp blasted an RBI double to make the score 11-0. Selena Balquier hit a solid double and Moyer scorched a single to increase the score to 12-0. The game ended due to scoring rules.
Hitting: Moyer, HR, single, three RBI; Davis, two singles, two RBI; Nicolay, double, RBI; Tharp, two doubles, three RBI; Trice, triple, RBI; Balfour, triple; Hodges and Balquier, each with doubles; Booth, Schmitz, and Henderson, each added singles.
Balfour started in the circle for Nebraska City and earned the win.
NC 9 Palmyra 5
Taylor Moyer got things going in the first inning by leading off with a triple. Abby Balfour hit a deep fly ball to center field for the out, but got the RBI sacrifice as Moyer tagged from third and scored. Patrica Trice hit a line-drive single and later scored on a Sydney Schmitz base hit. Ramsee Henderson doubled, and with two outs, Elizabeth Hodges reached base on an error and two runs scored. Mara Davis reached on an error and Lindsey Booth was hit by a pitch. Johna Tharp roped a two RBI double, and gave NC a 6-0 first inning lead.
In the top half of the second, Balfour reached first on a single. Trice then hit a double to score Balfour and NC led 7-0.
Palmyra battled it’s way back to get within two runs, and by the end of the fourth inning, the Panthers trailed 7-5.
Nebraska City gave themselves a cushion when Taylor Nicolay led off with a single in the fifth. Nicolay worked her way to third and scored on a passed ball. Hodges scored on a hit by Davis to increase the lead to 9-5.
Palmyra had one more chance to make a come back.
With a runner at second, Palmyra hit a shallow fly ball to right field as a diving Booth made a great effort to make the catch, but just missed. Second baseman, Balfour, ran out and threw the ball home and catcher Taylor Nicolay placed the tag on the runner for the final out of the game.
Nebraska City has 25 wins on the year and Coach Nick Schmitz said it’s due to hard work. “We put a lot of work in this winter,” Schmitz said.
This season, NC moved up a class for summer softball. Last year they were Class C and this summer NC is Class B. “We moved them up a class this year,” said Schmitz. “We are trying to get them ready for the pitching they will see in the fall.”
Hitting: Moyer, triple; Trice, single, double, RBI; Schmitz, single, RBI; Henderson, double; Tharp, double, two RBI; Balfour, single, RBI; Davis, single, RBI; Hodges, Booth, and Nicolay, each added singles.
Balfour got the win for NC and Schmitz earned the save.
Nebraska City will be back in action on Monday, June 11, at Weeping Water, starting at 6 p.m.