The O'Neill Eagle softball team went one and one last week, losing to NEN and then returning for a big win over Pierce.
The O'Neill Eagles Varsity watched the game slip away early and couldn't recover in a 12-2 loss to NEN on Tuesday, Sept. 1. NEN scored on a single by Lillie Timm, a triple by Maria Ras, and a single by Macy Stuhr in the first inning.
The Eagles struggled to put runs on the board and had a tough time defensively containing NEN, giving up 12 runs.
NEN opened up scoring in the first inning. Timm singled on a 3-1 count, scoring one run.
Stuhr was the winning pitcher for NEN. She surrendered two runs on three hits over three innings, striking out two. Emma Krusemark threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen.
Ryanne Pistulka allowed five hits and 11 runs over one and two-thirds innings, striking out three.
Becky Hupp, Catilyn Reiser, and Kiersten Welke each managed one hit to lead the Eagles.
NEN tallied eight hits. Ras, Stuhr, and Timm each racked up multiple hits for NEN. NEN was sure-handed and didn't commit a single error. Dawson Anderson made the most plays with six.
On Thursday, Sept. 3, the Eagles weathered Pierce's scare in the fourth inning where O'Neill Eagles Varsity coughed up three runs, but the Eagles still won 13-4 on Thursday. In the inning, Pierce offense was led by Addison Sporleder and Ashton Oestreich, who each had RBIs in the inning.
The Eagles fired up the offense in the first inning. O'Neill scored one run when Harley Cahoy doubled.
The Eagles put up four runs in the fourth inning. The offensive firepower by O'Neill Eagles Varsity was led by Zelie Sorensen, Charley Mlnarik, and Mackenzie Doty, all sending runners across the plate with RBIs in the inning.
Emma Smith was the winning pitcher for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. She went five innings, allowing four runs on four hits and striking out four.
Trina Wetzel took the loss for Pierce. She went one and two-thirds innings, allowing six runs on five hits, striking out one and walking one.
The Eagles racked up seven hits in the game. Doty and Cahoy all managed multiple hits for O'Neill Eagles Varsity. Doty led O'Neill Eagles Varsity with three hits in three at-bats. O'Neill Eagles Varsity stole four bases during the game as two players stole more than one. Cahoy led the way with two.
Lizzie Hammer went 2-for-2 at the plate to lead Pierce in hits.