Aquinas Monarchs

As has been the case in recent years, Aquinas softball again had the toughest district among the six Class C sites in the state. The Lincoln Journal Star's No. 1, No. 5, No. 6 and No. 7 teams were all in attendance in Fairbury.

The Monarchs' draw included No. 6 Centennial in the first round then a loser's bracket matchup with No. 5 Malcolm.

Aquinas fell to Centennial 14-2 then to Malcolm 8-0 and saw the season come to a close with an 8-19 record.

Facing Centennial, Aquinas managed one run each in the first and second inning. Freshmen Claire Wisnieski and Mackenzie Kobza each had a double, while Jayci Roh and Lacie Hartman singled. Wisnieski drove in a run on her hit while Gretchen Kozisek pushed another across on a sac bunt.

Centennial scored on five hits, including a home run, three walks and five Aquinas errors. 

After Malcolm defeated Raymond Central, the Clippers then lost to Milford and faced Aquinas in the losers bracket.

The bats remained silent while Malcolm scored 6 runs in the first two innings. The Monarchs managed just two hits in the game - a single each by Winieski and Isabel Coufal. 

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Malcolm went on to place second and earn a wildcard to the state tournament. Fairbury won the district.

“Our team competed well at times, but we were inconsistent in our fundamentals and execution in all phases of the game.“ said coach Paul Gahan.

Despite a tough weekend, the team had some success with the bats this year.

“Offensively, our girls were solid, with a team batting average of .330. Four players hit over .320 with two additional players hitting over .400," Gahan said. "We had a good number of young players get extensive varsity playing time.

"With hard work and commitment in the offseason, our team will get better.”

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