Since losing to Twin River on Sept. 12, Highway 91 has won seven of nine games and won seven straight before this past weekend when the Cyclones went 1-2 at the East Husker Conference Tournament.
After the recent 7-2 run, Highway 91 sits at 12-9 on the season with just four games remaining before the postseason.
EAST HUSKER TOURNAMENT
Highway 91 6, Tekamah-Herman: The Cyclones held off a late charge from the Tigers who scored three in the fifth after trailing 6-2 to start the frame. Highway 91 scored one in the first, plated four in the third and one in the fourth. Kyleigh Rayback was a perfect 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and a double.
West Point-Beemer 8, Highway 91 3: After leading 3-2 through three innings, Highway 91 surrendered a five-run fifth. Jaedyn Ratzlaff had the only Cyclone hits in a 2 for 3 performance with an RBI.
Twin River 16, Highway 91 1: The Titans set the tone right away with 12 runs in the first. Rylee Olson and Haley Bovee had the only Cyclone hits.
Highway 91 6, North Bend Central 4: The Cyclones trailed 1-0 through four innings then exploded for five runs in the fifth. Payje Rayback led the way going 2 for 4 with an RBI and smashed two doubles.
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Highway 91 9, West Point-Beemer 8: The Cyclones trailed 8-7 in the bottom of the fifth then walked it off on two hits, an error and a wild pitch. With two outs, Payje Rayback started the comeback on a liner to second. Kyleigh Rayback singled through the left side then Jaedyn Ratzlaff brought in a run with an RBI single to left. After Kyleigh Rayback stole third, Kennady Schmidt falls down 0-2, takes two balls then celebrates at home when a wild pitch brings in Rayback with the winning run.
Highway 91 5, Ponca 2: The Cyclones scored all the runs they needed in the second. Payje Rayback was 3 for 3 with an RBI while Bovee was 2 for 2 and drove in two runs. Ratzlaff went five innings allowing five hits, two eared and struck out four.
Highway 91 11, Pierce 0: Single runs in the first and second led to nine in the third and a mercy-rule shortened win. Lilly Praest led the way with two hits while the Raybacks, Ratzlaff, Schmidt, Sophia Dvorak, Faith Indra and Riana Grotelueschen each drove in a run.
Highway 91 12, O'Neil 4: The Cyclones took a late lead with a seventh-inning run, gave one up in the bottom half then went to extras where they plated eight and ran away with what turned out to be an easy win. Indra was 3 for 5 with three RBIs while Ratzlaff tossed all eight innings with three hits allowed, only one earned run and eight strikeouts.
Peter Huguenin is a sports reporter for the Schuyler Sun. Reach him via email at SCHsports@lee.net