The O'Neill Softball team has been on the road and came back with their first two wins of the season over the weekend.
On Tuesday, Aug. 21 the Eagles game against Wayne was a heartbreaker for O'Neill as they lost the lead late in a 9-1 defeat. The game was tied at one with Wayne batting in the bottom of the fifth when an error scored two runs for Wayne.
The Eagles struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing Wayne giving up nine runs.
Kendall Dorey led Wayne to victory in the pitcher's circle. She surrendered one run on two hits over two innings, striking out four.
Alyssa Moser had to take over for Morgan Breiner as she was injured and taken out. Breiner started the game for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. She surrendered three runs on three hits over four and a third innings, striking out two Tori Kniesche started the game for Wayne. She lasted three innings, allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out five
Chloe Scott and Breiner all had one hit to lead the Eagles. Wayne totaled six hits. Sidney Biggerstaff and Kayla Fleming each collected multiple hits for Wayne.
On Thursday, Aug. 23 the Eagles hosted their first home game of the year falling to Ponca 8-4. O'Neill took an early lead in the second inning. Chloe Scott hit a line drive that was caught, scoring two runs.
Ponca took the lead for good with five runs in the fourth inning. In the fourth Katie Janssen drew a walk, scoring one run, Taylor Lamprecht singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring two runs, and Tailynn Lawyer singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring two runs.
Sydni Hughes was credited with the victory for Ponca. She went seven innings, allowing four runs on three hits and striking out nine.
Olivia Grass, Makenzie Parks and Alison Dugan all had one hit to lead the O'Neill Eagles.
Lawyer led Ponca with two hits in four at-bats.
On Saturday, Aug. 25 the girls traveled to Winser and it was a long day for the Eagles as they los the NEN 11-3.
O'Neill fired up the offense in the first inning, when Alyssa Moser singled on a 1-0 count, scoring two runs. NEN pulled away for good with eight runs in the third inning. In the third Reese Kneifl tripled on a 1-2 count, scoring one run, an error scored one run for NEN, Dawson Anderson singled on a 3-0 count, scoring two runs, Carson Miller singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring two runs, an error scored one run for NEN and Michaela Wegner singled on the first pitch of the at-bat, scoring one run.
Londyn Nelson earned the win for NEN. She lasted five innings, allowing six hits and three runs while striking out one and walking one.
The Eagles totaled six hits in the game. Brooke Benson and Alison Al Dugan each racked up multiple hits for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. Al Dugan and Benson all had two hits to lead O'Neill Eagles Varsity.
NEN racked up 11 hits on the day. Marissa Kelly, Anderson, Miller, and Wegner all had multiple hits for NEN.
The Eagles got their first win of the season against Pierce in Wisner. Even though the Eagles gave up three runs in the fourth inning, they still defeated Pierce 9-3 on Saturday. The offensive onslaught by Pierce was led by Lizzie Hammer, Kiley Bierman, and Kaylee Dvorak, who each had RBIs in the inning.
The Eagles got things started in the first inning when Alison Dugan singled on a 2-2 count, scoring one run. O'Neill scored four runs in the third inning. The Eagles big bats were led by Brooke Benson, Chloe Scott and Olivia Grass, all driving in runs in the inning.
Morgan Breiner allowed six hits and three runs over five innings, striking out ten. Dvorak took the loss for Pierce. She surrendered nine runs on eight hits over four innings, striking out three. Benson led the Eagles with two hits in two at-bats.
Bierman went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Pierce in hits.
The Eagles finished out the action on Saturday with a 10-2 win over Polk County. The Eagles got things started in the first inning. Olivia Grass singled on a 0-1 count, scoring one run. The girls put up four runs in the fifth inning. The Eagle offense in the inning was led by Ayden Dugan, Makenzie Parks and Brooke Benson, who each had RBIs in the inning.
Morgan Breiner took the win for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. She went five innings, allowing two runs on five hits, striking out five and walking one.
Taylor Jones took the loss for Polk County. She surrendered ten runs on ten hits over four and two-thirds innings, striking out three and walking one.
The Eagles totaled ten hits in the game. Benson, Dugan, Parks and Makenna Welke each racked up multiple hits for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. Welke, Parks, Ayden Dugan, and Benson each managed two hits to lead O'Neill Eagles Varsity.