Blue River softball took to the diamond for five games last week hoping to build momentum for the postseason and the Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament.
After finishing 1-2 at the David City Invitational on Sept. 20, the Panthers hosted a triangular, played at Aurora then went to Madison for another tri.
Blue River swept both triangulars but fell to Aurora. The Panthers are now 9-13 on the season with wins in five of their last six.
Blue River 4, Polk County 1: Blue River took a 4-0 lead in the top of the fifth and held on for the 4-1 victory.
"Aspyn (Harrison) tied the school record for strikeouts in a game with 12," Blue River head coach Greg Jahde said. "When she is able to do that and our defense is sound behind her, our chances of winning are good."
Harrison also had three hits to lead Blue River while tallying two RBIs. Miranda Stearns also had two hits and two RBIs.
Blue River 13, Madison/HLHF 0: Blue River outhit Madison/HLHF 15-2 during the victory.
Allie Neujahr finished with four hits and Harrison tallied three.
Harrison pitched the whole game and only allowed two hits while striking out six.
Seven different Panthers recorded hits.
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Aurora 14, Blue River 3: The Panthers scored the first run of the game but trailed 4-1 when the Huskies answered right back in the bottom of the first. Aurora made it a huge hole in the second with 10 runs. Blue River managed two more in the third on Allie Neujahr's two-run home run but then had the game cut short by mercy rule. Neujahr went 2 for 2.
"The story was Aurora's bats," Jahde said. "They had six extra base hits including a three-run home run. We just didn't seem to be in it tonight."
Blue River 6, St. Paul 2: St. Paul scored the first run of the game but Blue River answered with two in the third and the fourth, one in the fifth and one in the sixth.
Aspyn Harrison took the win in the circle for the Panthers striking out seven while Kira Pavlik had two hits and an RBI and Sophie Mefford and Carissa Schoenrock also had two hits each.
Blue River 9, Fillmore Central 1: Blue River took the early lead with a first-inning run, answered Fillmore Central's only run in the fourth with one of its own then broke it open with six in the fifth.
Pavlik remained hot, going 2 for 4 with two doubles and an RBI while Mefford had two hits.
"Aspyn did a good job of scattering hits and only walking one," Jahde said. "She had seven more strikeouts, and we played well defensively.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net