The David City-East Butler-Shelby-Rising City softball team overcame the injury bug to salvage one of its three games on Sept. 9 at the Omaha Mercy Tournament.

The Scouts held off North Bend in an 8-7 victory that lacked hitting firepower.

Becky White, Elizabeth Benes and Cassie Navrkal got the team’s only hits against the Tigers.

“Although we had only three hits, we used a lot of walks (12) and wild pitches to score our runs,” said Scouts coach Greg Jahde. “Cassie Caraway made two huge plays at third base at the end to secure the win. It was definitely one that you just held your breath until the last out was made.”

The Scouts scored a run in the first inning and added seven in the second. From there, they had to hold on as the Tigers scored four in the third inning and three in the fifth. The time limit ended the game before the Scouts batted in the fifth.

Against Wayne, Blue Devils pitcher Tori Kniesche was simply too hard to hit, and the Scouts went hitless.

“Their pitcher was dominant, striking out 13 batters. We didn’t look comfortable at all,”  Jahde said. “We also struggled in the field after we had to move some people around after an injury in game one. We are starting to get beat up a little bit. That has left us searching a little bit.”

Playing against Bishop Neumann for the second time in four days, the Scouts were outhit again, this time 12-6 in a 7-1 loss.

“Two big errors in the third inning cost us big time,” Jahde said. “Without those, we get out of that inning without giving up any runs. That changed the complexion of the game.”

Abbi Pierce scored the Scouts’ only run.She and Emily Neujahr each had two hits. The Scouts finished the tournament 1-2 and in fourth place.

Cavaliers 10, Scouts 0

The Scouts fell to Bishop Neumann Sept. 7 at Wahoo in a game shortened by the mercy rule after four innings. The Scouts couldn’t respond to big innings in the second and fourth. Six hits were enough to propel the Cavalier’s to victory 10-0.

“Not much seemed to go right for us,” Jahde said. “We hit a number of balls hard, but right at people. Give them credit, they made plays they needed to. We had a few miscues that led to a number of Neumann’s runs. To beat a team like them, you simply have to play better.”

The Scouts, ending the week at 8-6, played at Wilber-Clatonia Tuesday and were hosting the David City Tournament on Saturday.


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