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Swedes clip Cozad in rematch

For a while Thursday, the Gothenburg-Cozad softball rematch was a comedy of errors—except that it wasn’t too funny for either team.

Each squad committed six errors. The Haymakers gave up three consecutive runs on wild pitches.

Gothenburg killed several opportunities with base-running mistakes. The Swedes made the most of other chances, though, to carve out an 8-5 win.

Cozad fell to Gothenburg 10-5 in the Swedes’ third game of the season.

Coach Roger Neujahr said his team seems to feel added pressure at home.

Add to that the parent’s night recognition, the special “pink out” activities in support of cancer research and the regular competitive nature of a Swede-Haymaker contest.

“You could just feel the tension with them,” he said.

A couple of errors provided Cozad a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

Four of the first six Swede batters reached safely in the bottom of the frame, but Gothenburg earned just one run. The bases were loaded when a strikeout ended the rally.

A second inning opportunity was hurt by a base-running mistake when a player failed to slide into third and was tagged out.

“Not sliding cost us a big inning,” Neujahr said while noting it is a problem with more than just one player.

Gothenburg took a 3-1 lead in the third. Kyndal Holmes singled and then advanced on a single by Becca Riley. Holmes continued on home when the left fielder couldn’t handle Riley’s hit. Riley came home on a ground ball to first base.

The Haymakers tied it up in the top of the fourth on just two hits and a couple of Swede errors.

Gothenburg answered with a five run rally that featured six hits.

Cozad put just one runner in scoring position in the next two innings, but added to the scoreboard in the seventh.

Kylee Griffis started it off with a single and raced home on a triple by Chianne Trejo. A sacrifice fly scored the second run, but the Haymakers had nothing after that.

Six players had a pair of singles each to pace Gothenburg.

Amanda Barkmeier raised her record to 22-6 with the complete-game victory. She struck out five and scattered eight hits.

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