The O'Neill Eagles softball team had a good week winning two and losing three. The girls had a tough loss on Thursday against Ponca being edged out by one losing 6-5. The girls then competed in the NEN tournament over the weekend losing only to Hwy. 91 and then coming back and beating Pierce and Polk County.
The Eagles stayed in it until the end, but Ponca pulled away late in a 6-5 victory on Thursday. Ponca was down 5-4 in the top of the sixth inning when J Buckles doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs. In the first inning, Ponca got their offense started. K Heiner hit into a fielder's choice, scoring one run.
The Eagles put up four runs in the third inning. The offensive onslaught by O'Neill Eagles Varsity was led by Harley Cahoy, Marianna Montes, Catilyn Reiser and Emma Wrede, all knocking in runs in the inning.
Heiner was the winning pitcher for Ponca. She lasted six and a third innings, allowing two hits and five runs while striking out four. Lauryn Gill threw two-thirds of an inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Ryanne Pistulka allowed one hit and two runs over two innings, striking out one.
Emma Smith started the game for the Eagles. Smith surrendered four runs on seven hits over five innings, striking out eight and walking zero
Wrede and Montes each managed one hit to lead O'Neill Eagles Varsity.
Ponca saw the ball well today, racking up eight hits in the game. Buckles, Gill, and H Wahls each managed multiple hits for Ponca. Buckles led Ponca with three hits in four at bats.
In the first game on Saturday at the NEN tourney the Eagles fired up the offense in the first inning. Montes grounded out, scoring one run.
Hwy 91 pulled away for good with four runs in the second inning. In the second Rylee Olson singled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run, Riana Grotelueschen laid down a sacrifice bunt, scoring one run, and Faith Indra singled on a 1-0 count, scoring one run.
Jaedyn Ratzlaff was the winning pitcher for Hwy 91. She surrendered four runs on four hits over five innings, striking out four.
Pistulka t allowed nine hits and nine runs over five innings, striking out ten.
Reiser, Charley Mlnarik, Mackenzie Doty, and Cahoy each collected one hit to lead O'Neill Eagles Varsity.
Hwy 91 scattered nine hits in the game. Kyleigh Rayback, Indra, and Lilly Praest all collected multiple hits for Hwy 91.
In game two at the NEN tourney Harley Cahoy drove in four on two hits to lead the Eagles past Pierce 18-4. Cahoy drove in runs on a single in the first, a walk in the first, a walk in the second, and a single in the third.
Pierce scored four runs in the second inning, but the Eagles still managed to pull out the victory. Madelyn Hanson and Lizzie Hammer all drove in runs in the frame.
Smith was the winning pitcher for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. She lasted three innings, allowing two hits and four runs while striking out two.
Trina Wetzel took the loss for Pierce. She surrendered six runs on five hits over one inning, striking out two and walking one.
The Eagles scattered nine hits in the game. Cahoy, Kiersten Welke, and Emma Wrede all had multiple hits for the Eagles. Wrede, Welke, and Cahoy each managed two hits to lead.
Pierce was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Sarah Miller made the most plays with three.
In the final game of the day the Eagles snatched the lead late in the game in a 10-6 victory over Polk County. The game was tied at five with O'Neill batting in the top of the fifth when Alyssa Fehringer doubled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run.
The Eagles earned the victory despite allowing Polk County to score five runs in the third inning. Kylee Krol, Sadie Sunday, Josi Noble, and Christina Rystrom all moved runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
In the top of the fourth inning, O'Neill Eagles Varsity tied things up at five. Mackenzie Doty drove in one when she doubled.
Pistulka was the winning pitcher for the Eagles. She allowed five hits and six runs over five innings, striking out six.
Rystrom took the loss for Polk County. She lasted five innings, allowing 11 hits and ten runs while striking out five and walking one.
The Eagles collected 11 hits on the day. Smith and Fehringer all managed multiple hits for O'Neill. Smith led the team with four hits in four at bats.