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Softball Recap

September 13, 2018

Lady Cadets sport 6-10 record through Sept. 8

 By Darian Repschlaeger

This past summer, the Lady Cadet softball team decided they wanted to rise above what some think they are capable of. In fact, their team motto says it all: “start unknown, finish unforgettable.”

On Saturday, August 18, the girls started to live up to their motto by getting second in the North Bend Invitational, bettering their performance from the third place they received the year before.

            Defeating Schuyler 12-8 and Yutan-Mead 9-8, the Lady Cadets faced Malcolm, the 2017 Class C State Runner-ups, in the championship game. Unfortunately, the Cadets couldn’t keep up with Malcolm and lost 10-0.

            Tuesday, August 21, the Cadets traveled to Arlington and played a great game. The Cadets only had two errors the entire game, and everyone was making great contact with the ball. Unfortunately, those good hits were straight to the defenders. Despite West Point-Beemer’s aggressive batting and good fielding, however, Arlington’s hits were enough to take down the Cadets 12-3.

            Saturday, August 25 had both positives and negatives for the Cadets. In their first game of the GACC tournament against David City Aquinas, the Cadets started the first inning strong when Darian Repschlaeger hit a home run to put them in the lead 1-0.

 After another Cadet homer by Kayla Conant and three more runs, the Cadets were up 5-1 by the end of the fourth. However, as David City Aquinas’s bats turned hot, West Point-Beemer’s turned cold. Aquinas’s twelve hits and two errors lead them to victory against the Cadets’ seven hits and nine errors 15-5.

            It was apparent that West Point-Beemer was tired in the first inning of the second game of the day. Centura-Central Valley took advantage by scoring four runs right off the bat. The Cadets quickly snapped back with one run in the first, then they held Centura-Central Valley and scored five more runs of their own in the second.

 After both teams scored two runs in the fourth, WP-B still led 8-6. However, after Centura-Central Valley outscored the Cadets 8-3 runs in the fifth and final inning, C-CV took the win 14-11.

            In the final game of the day, the Lady Cadets nearly blew a 10-5 lead after the third inning. Letting South Sioux City score five more runs in the next two innings while not scoring a single run themselves, the game was tied and went into extra innings after time had run out. On a brighter note, this victory became Katie Comb’s first varsity win as a pitcher.

            The following week, the Cadets had a busy schedule and had little time to recover from their long weekend.

Monday, August 27, the Cadets hosted a triangular against Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay and North Bend Central.

The Cadets were able to shut out Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay in five innings 8-0. The team’s two pitchers, Abbey Dale and Katie Combs, worked together to throw a shutout. The Cadets outhit their opponent 10-2.

In their next game against North Bend Central, West Point-Beemer’s six runs in the second inning helped propel them to an 11-1 victory.

The following day in their game against Pierce, however, their offense was less powerful. The Cadet pitchers allowed twelve runs combined compared to Pierce’s allowance of one run, resulting in a loss of 12-1.

That next Thursday, August 30, WP-B made up for the Pierce game by sweeping the NEN Vipers 8-0 in the triangular in Tekamah. Dale allowed only one run all game, and the Lady Cadets didn’t commit a single error.

Their game against Tekamah-Herman was a lot closer. The Cadets were ahead until the T-H Tigers tied the game up at four in the third inning. WP-B pulled ahead once more at 5-4 in the fifth. Tekamah-Herman scored two more runs in the sixth for the 6-5 win.

West Point-Beemer then traveled to Genoa Tuesday, September 4, for yet another triangular against Twin River and Highway 91. The game against Twin River was a battle; the Cadets out-hit Twin River 9-6 but lost 4-2.

Usually, ten runs would win a game, but that wasn’t the case in the Highway 91 game. WP-B started off hot, scoring a run in the first inning and nine in the second. However, they couldn’t get past 10 while Highway 91 managed to put up seventeen runs throughout four innings.

On September 8, the Lady Cadets hosted a triangular against D.C. West and O’Neill. D.C. West got up early in the game and defeated the Cadets 10-0 in four innings.

In the first inning, West Point-Beemer took a 3-0 lead against O’Neill. However, the Eagles took the lead when they scored seven runs in the third inning. Despite getting twelve hits, WP-B could only score six runs in the 14-6 loss.

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