Posted 8 months ago
By Robert Lovell
North Platte – The North Platte Community College softball team (4-15) dropped four games to the Williston State College Tetons over the course of two days and two double-headers. On Monday, the Knights lost 0-7 and 5-10 while on Tuesday the Knights fell 7-20 and 8-16. The Knights return to action on Thursday March 27 as they travel to McCook Community College (16-7) to face the Lady Indians at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. The games were originally schedule for 5 p.m. and 7 p.m.
In the opening game on Monday, the Knights were held to only three hits. Jazmin Chang, Lexi Bryant and Katharine Savolt each recorded a hit for the Knights.
In the second game, the Knights were only able to muster three hits again but were able to score five runs. Brooke Wakefield led the Knights at the plate going 2-4, with one RBI, two stolen bases and one run scored. Britlee Anderson had the other hit going 1-3 with one RBI, one stolen base and one run scored.
“On Monday we did not carry over our offense from the day before and struggled at the plate,” said head coach Janelle Higgins. “Their pitcher had a very decent rise and we fell for it all day.”
On Tuesday, the Knights bats woke up a little as the Knights recorded seven hits. Anderson led the Knights going 2-3 with a double, a stolen base and a run scored. Soliel Atenza, Rylee Murphy, Sydney Standage, Brittney Odum and Chang all recorded a hit for the Knights. Six runners were left on base.
In the fourth game of the series, the Knights recorded nine hits. Atenza led the way by going 2-3 from the plate. Siarra Velasquez, Wakefield, Anderson, Savolt, Chang, Murphy and Odum all had a hit in the game. Velasquez had three stolen bases while Wakefield had two.
“Tuesday was a rough day. We relied on (Katharine) Savolt and (Rylee) Murphy to pitch,” said Higgins “they stepped up to the challenge but our defense did not show up. We committed too many errors behind them both to win.”
“Our team is young and still adjusting but they have showed a great amount of fight to be down like we were on Tuesday and fight to get runs. I am proud of these girls. We have tough games the next three days as we play McCook Community College and Iowa Western Community College. We are going to have to show up and be ready from the beginning to the end of all three games. It’s not how we start the season it is how we finish and I am still confident and believe that we will start getting the wins and make a run this next month.”
After the Knights face McCook on Thursday, the Knights return home for a four game series with Iowa Western Community College on Friday and Saturday. The games on Friday are scheduled for 3 p.m. and 5 p.m. and the games on Saturday are scheduled for 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.