Good start for Swedes in 3-1 win at McCook
Good performances in all phases of the game turned into a 3-1 victory Friday for Gothenburg in its season-opening softball game at McCook.
“McCook may not be what they have been in the past,” Swede coach Roger Neujahr said, “but to go down there in the first game of the year and give up only one run, play solid defense and get some timely hits, it was good to see.”
The Bison were rated No. 9 pre-season in Class B by the Omaha World-Herald.
Both teams had runners in scoring position in the early innings, but Gothenburg struck first with a single run in the third. Kasey Wellmann reached on an error and scored when Becca Riley singled to left field.
The lead stood until McCook knotted the score in the fourth when an error led to a run.
Gothenburg answered in the fifth when Kaitlyn Aden walked and then stole second. After advancing on a single by Wellmann, she stole home to make it 2-1.
The Swedes added an insurance run in the sixth inning. Lauryn Cardeñas, who had singled, raced home from first on a triple by Kassidy Kottwitz.
Karleigh Kleinknecht scattered four hits in six innings of action on the mound. She faced five batters and didn’t give up a walk.
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Gothenburg rallied with four runs in the last two innings to beat Southern Valley, 10-8.
The line score:
HITTING: Bryse Young stroked a double and a single with one run batted in.
PITCHING: Mercedes Massie gave up seven hits in the loss.
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