(Neb.)- Chadron Bows Out Of State Tourney, Ends Season At 21-12
(Chadron)- Chadron's run through the Class C State Softball Tournament came to a heartbreaking end on Thursday from the Bill Smith softball complex in Hastings as the Lady Cardinals suffered a 10-8, 8 inning loss to 2nd seeded Fairbury.
The Chadron bats, which had come to life earlier in the day during their 13-5 runaway win over GACC, followed them in to their second elimination game of the day.
The Jeffs jumped on the scoreboard first with a pair of runs on an error and a fielders choice, but the Lady Cards responded as they have all season. Madi Hamar led off the bottom of inning with a walk and moved to second on a Kylee Garrett walk. Chadron loaded the bases when Micah Stouffer was hit by a pitch. Peyton Underwood's two RBI single would tie the game a two a piece
Both teams were held scoreless in the 2nd inning, but Fairbury would claim their first lead of the game in the top of the 3rd on a Destini Warkne RBI double.
Once again Chadron was "Johnny on the spot" as singles by Garrett and Underwodd put two runners on with two outs in the bottom of the frame, and Hannah Kennell would deliver with an RBI single followed by an error on the center fielder that allowed Underwood to come home with Garrett and give Chadron their first lead at 4-3.
Fairbury battled back scoring single runs in both the fourth and fifth innings to take the 5-4 lead, but it didn't last long. Kylee Garrett, the career home runs leader at Chadron High, knocked a solo bomb over the left field fence to knot the game at five a piece.
Single runs in the sixth and seventh put Fairbury up 7-5 going in to the bottom of the inning, and Chadron wasn't going quietly.
Dana Dunbar, who worked all three games in the pitchers circle, popped out to open the inning, but Garrett followed up with an infield single after the previous play had been ruled a foul ball instead of a ground out, which would have been the second out of the inning. Micah Stouffer gave the ball a ride to shallow right field, and appeared as if it would drop down for a single, but was snow coned by the right fielder as the last moment.
Underwood stepped to the plate representing the tying run, and didn't take long to make it happen sending the second pitch she saw deep over the left field fence to tie the game at seven and send it to extra innings.
With a tie breaker runner out at second, the Jeffs would bunt the runner down to third and take the first out. The two batters that followed would both walk and load the bases for Fairbury, and they cashed in with a two RBI double down the left field line. On more run came in on a flyout to center field to give the number two seed a 10-7 lead.
Trysha Breirly came in to pinch hit in the bottom of the inning for Chadron but popped out to the third baseman in foul territory for the first out. Dawn Dunbar singled to score Chadron's tie breaker, Hannah Kennell, and pull with in 10-8. Kyler Behrends grounded out to short on a bang bang play for the second out of the inning, followed by a pop out to third by Madi Hamar to end the game.
The Lady Cardinals will lose five Senior off of this years squad that finishes the season at 21-12.
Fairbury went on the lose to Arlington in the next consolation game 2-1 in 8 innings leaving Malcolm to play Arlington with the winner to face Bishop Neumann for the championship on Friday.
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