The Pioneers ended a three game skid after taking down Plattsmouth 9 to 7 on Tuesday, September 11, at Plattsmouth.
“It was extremely big,” is what Coach Amy VonFeldt said about how big and important this win was. “It’s a huge confidence booster for our girls.”
Nebraska City scattered 15 hits in this contest, including a line-drive solo HR to left field in the seventh inning by Taylor Moyer to give the Pioneers a two run cushion.
MacKenzie Anthens got things started for the Pioneers with a double in the first inning, followed by a Patricia Trice single. Anthens would later score on a passed ball to give NC a 1-0 lead. Still in the first, Elizabeth Hodges singled and Abby Balfour laid down a bunt to advance the runners. Trice scored on a passed ball and the Pioneers led 2-0.
In the fourth inning, Plattsmouth led 4-2. Balfour singled to start the inning. Taylor Nicolay crushed a single left field that advanced Balfour to third. Moyer hit a deep fly ball to left field for the out, and Balfour scored on the tag and the Pioneers were down one.
Ramsee Henderson roped a one out single to right field in the sixth. Johna Tharp smacked a double to the fence that scored pinch runner Lindsey Booth to tie the game at 4-4. With two runners on, pinch hitter Mara Davis, came through in a big way and hit a hard ground ball single to score two runs. Hodges came to the plate and smacked a two RBI double and the Pioneers led 8-4.
Plattsmouth scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth to get within one run.
Heading into the seventh inning, Moyer got a hold of a pitch, and the ball carried out for a HR. After the game, Moyer said that she picked the perfect pitch to swing at, and the ball went over. Moyer also noted that she was pleased with the way the team fought back.
In the last inning, and two outs, Sydney Schmitz got the last hitter to fly out to Booth.
Coach VonFeldt said that in the latter part of the game the girls started to settle down and were swinging at strikes.
Sydney Schmitz earned the win for the Pioneers. Schmitz allowed six hits, two earned runs, and struck out four. Schmitz did a great job of keeping the ball in the strike zone and did not give up a walk.
Anthens was on fire at the plate. Anthens was 4-for-5 with three singles and a double.
Hitting: Tharp, single, double; Hodges, single, double; Trice, two singles; Nicolay, Balfour, and Davis, each with singles.
RBI: Moyer, Hodges, Davis, two each; Tharp, one.
Runs scored: Trice and Moyer, two each; Balfour, Tharp, Anthens, Booth, Selena Balquier, one each.
Nebraska City will be at Syracuse on Thursday, Sept. 13.