Blue River softball suffered through a three-game losing skid that included an 0-2 showing at the Southern Nebraska Conference while Aquinas Catholic split a pair of games.
The Panthers were shut out by Class C No. 7 Milford before dropping a pair of contests at the SNC tourney to Wilber-Clatonia and Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan.
Aquinas lost an eight-run decision to West Point-Beemer on Oct. 3 then came back with an 8-7 win over Polk County on Oct. 4.
The Panthers were also in action in the B-6 sub-district tournament in Wayne on Monday. Blue River lost to Seward but then kept the season alive with a win over Schuyler.
Aquinas opens district play on Thursday in Fairbury. Check back in next week's issue for more on the district tournaments.
SNC - Wilber-Clatonia 4, Blue River 3: The Panthers tied it up with three in the sixth before W-C produced the eventual game-winning run in the bottom half.
"Just couldn't string things together other than the sixth," said head coach Greg Jahde. "We made a lot of good contact, they just made every play they had to."
SNC - Fillmore Central 7, Blue River 3: Allie Neugahr had a triple and Miranda Stearns had a double but Fillmore out hit Blue River 13-5. Tied 3-3 after 4, Fillmore pulled away with one in the fifth and three in the sixth.
"A couple misplayed balls in the outfield hurt. Again, we didn't hit the ball well enough," Jahde said.
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Milford 5, Blue River 0: The Panthers committed two errors and created no hits.
"Poor discipline and a bad approach at the plate ended in us getting no-hit," Jahde said. "We simply needed to be more selective."
West-Point Beemer 13, Aquinas 5: The Monarchs mounted some offense in the fifth with three runs and took a 5-4 lead but then allowed nine runs in the bottom half.
"Our team continues to struggle on defense with too many miscues that lead to runs for the opponent," coach Paul Gahan said. "We hit the ball hard and scored a good number of runs, and probably should have plated more runs if we could get a timely hit.
Aquinas 8, Polk County 7: In a wild back-and-forth affair, Aquinas led 3-2, trailed 4-3, led 6-4 and had a 7-5 advantage in the sixth when Polk County tied it. Alli Hartman led off the bottom with a walk, Macy Kobza walked then Gretchen Kozisek singled Hartman in with the winning run.
Jayci Roh was 2 for 3, Isabel Coufal went 3 for 4 with a double and a home run, Mackenzie Kobza was 1 for 4 with a double and Lacie Hartman was 2 for 3 with a triple.
"Our team is capable of playing solid, clean defense," Gahan. We will need to play our very best to compete at districts."
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for The Banner-Press. Reach him via email at DVDsports@lee.net