COLUMBUS — The Schuyler softball team saw its season end Saturday in the first round of the B-4 district tournament.
Third-seeded David City/East Butler rolled to a shortened 15-0 triumph. The tournament was rained out Thursday and Friday before the first round could be played Saturday morning at Bradshaw Park in Columbus and the format was changed to single-elimination because of the delays.
The same problems that plagued the young Lady Warriors all season showed up against David City/East Butler. Schuyler was limited to only three hits and committed four fielding errors that led to eight unearned runs.
Bethany Black and Kaylie Bachmann each had a single and Jakelin Mejia cracked a triple to lead the Lady Warriors offensively.
“I am super-proud of the way Jakelin has played toward the end of the season,” Schuyler head coach Clarissa Dunn said. “She stepped up and played left field well while also making solid contact and putting the ball in play almost every at bat.”
Jaiden Inselman pitched for Schuyler and gave up 13 hits while striking out one batter and walking another. Only seven of the 15 runs she surrendered were earned.
Dunn liked the way her team started the game.
“We were able to get Jaiden Inselman to first base on a walk and Kaylie had a solid hit to left field that was misplayed. We had runners at second and third, but unfortunately we could not get them in. We also loaded the bases in the third inning with only one out but we then had two strikeouts looking and that won’t move your runners across the plate,” she said.
“This was definitely not how we wanted to end the season, but the girls did a lot of good things throughout the season that we can build on and hopefully next season will be much better,” Dunn added.
Schuyler loses just three seniors from this year’s roster, so many of the players will be back for 2018.