It was a so-so week of softball for area teams Blue River and Aquinas Catholic. The two programs played five total games and came up with one win each.

The Panthers were victorious on Sept. 5 at Columbus Lakeview after falling at home to North Bend two days earlier.

The Monarchs started the week off on the right foot with a win over Schuyler but then lost to Kearney Catholic and Twin River.

BLUE RIVER 11, LAKEVIEW 3: The Panthers took control right away with two runs in the first and led 3-2 after the first two innings. Blue River then kept tacking runs on while Aspyn Harrison in the circle kept the Lady Vikes quiet except for one more run in the fifth. Harrison, Allie Neujahr and Erin Timoney all had two hits while Harrison was 2 for 3 with three RBIs. She drove in two on a fourth-inning home run then singled in another in the fifth. In the circle she went five innings with four hits, no earned runs and five strikeouts.

BOONE CENTRAL 4, BLUE RIVER 1: It was a 1-0 Blue River lead through four innings when disaster struck in the fifth.

"Sophia Mefford and Natilie Martensen each collected two hits. Sophia had two doubles. Aspyn (Harrison) had a great game striking out 11 and only walking two," coach Greg Jahde said in emailed comments. "One critical error with two outs in the fifth cost us three runs. That was the difference in the game."

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AQUINAS 15, SCHUYLER 3: Jayci Roth went a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate while Darian Krenk drove in five runs on two hits and Isabel Coufal blasted a two-run home run. The Monarchs broke open a 3-0 game with 11 runs in the second inning. Aquinas had 16 total hits, and Krenk tossed all three innings with two strikeouts, three earned runs and five hits.

"We hit the ball real well and scored a bunch of runs against a short-handed Schuyler team," coach Paul Gahan said in emailed comments.

KEARNEY CATHOLIC 9, AQUINAS 6: The Stars led 4-0 after the first inning then blew open a 4-1 game after three with four more in the fourth. 

"Offensively, we were respectable. We got behind early in the game due to some defensive miscues and were not able to overcome the deficit," Gahan said.

TWIN RIVER 11, AQUINAS 7: The Monarchs seemed to be in a good position with six runs in their first at bat but then gave up four in the bottom half of the first and three each in the second and third. Coufal drove in two with a 3 for 3 performance at the plate.

"We had several opportunities to score, but were unable to get a timely hit. We gave up too many free bases...as well as too many defensive miscues and base running mistakes," Gahan said.

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