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COLUMBUS — The Columbus High seniors played their final home softball games Tuesday at Gerrard Park, and they made sure to put on an offensive show.

The Discoverers scored 11 runs on 20 hits while splitting a doubleheader against Norfolk.

Senior Marika Spencer got some help from juniors Macee Trotta and Alyssa Turner in a 5-3 victory in the opener.

Turner picked up the complete-game victory on the mound, allowing just three runs and three hits.

Columbus High trailed 3-2 after three innings before Turner silenced the Panther bats and the Discoverer offense backed her up with two runs in the fifth inning to pull ahead and another in the sixth for insurance.

Spencer, Trotta and Turner recorded two hits each and combined for three runs scored and three RBIs.

“We did a great job in Game 1 in all phases of the game,” CHS head coach Paul Braun said. “We had a few mistakes, but those are fixable. I thought we played loose and stayed positive even when we got down.”

CHS was able to overcome four defensive errors in the victory while Norfolk committed three.

Braun thought his team got “a little caught up” in the emotions of senior night before Game 2.

Norfolk (14-17) scored seven runs in the first inning, all coming with two outs, on its way to an 11-6 win.

But the Discoverer seniors didn’t go down without a fight.

Spencer launched a three-run homer and senior Tessa Bridger singled home Rebecca Hazlett to pull Columbus within 7-4.

Kennedy Jones, another CHS senior, smacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning, but Norfolk scored a run in each of the final four frames to prevent a comeback.

“I like the fact that we battled back in both games,” Braun said. “We easily could have shut things down after that first half inning. I think we showed some great resilience by coming back and scoring four.”

Jones went 3 for 3 at the plate with two RBIs and two runs scored in the loss. Turner, who scored twice and took the loss on the mound, Spencer, Hazlett and Bridger all had two hits.

Columbus (12-24) returns to the field Saturday for the Greater Nebraska Athletic Conference Tournament in Lexington.

“Now it’s time to get ready for conference and districts,” Braun said. “Anything can happen if you believe in each other.”



Tyler Ellyson is editor of The Columbus Telegram.

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