COLUMBUS — Twin River went 2-1 during Saturday's Lakeview Invite to take second place in the eight-team tournament at Bradshaw Park.
The Titans edged Lakeview 6-5 in the first round after plating two runs in the seventh inning then clobbered Guardian Angels Central Catholic 14-3 in the semifinals.
Twin River scored 11 runs in the fourth inning of the mercy-rule victory over GACC to extend its win streak to seven games.
Then the Titans ran into Class B, No. 5 York in the championship game.
The Dukes came out ready to play, scoring 10 runs in the first inning on their way to an 11-0 victory in four innings.
“I think we’re starting to bond and play with each other. We kind of realize what each other's strengths are and we’re building from those strengths,” Twin River head coach Renae Van Driel said of her team's recent success following a 4-6 start to the season. “I am happy with the way the girls are coming together.”
Lana Hebda recorded a hit in all three games for Twin River, finishing with three hits and three RBIs.
Emilee Spitz had a team-best four hits in the tournament, including three against Lakeview, and pitched 7 1/3 innings, picking up two wins and the loss.
The freshman gave up a total of four earned runs and struck out seven batters.
Twin River, which plays Monday at Central City and Thursday at Grand Island Central Catholic, improves to 11-7 this season.
Lakeview finished its home tournament in seventh place with a 1-2 record.
Vikings head coach Erica Zywiec was happy with the way her team battled against a quality Twin River team.
“We came out and played a great game against Twin River,” she said. “This was a heartbreaker for us. The girls did a great job.”
Lakeview led 4-0 after four innings as starting pitcher Caitlin Buck shut down the Titan offense early. She finished her complete-game performance with three strikeouts while giving up eight hits and five walks.
Twin River tied the game in the bottom of the fifth inning before Lakeview regained the lead at 5-4 with a run in the sixth.
Then the Titans plated two runs in the seventh to send Lakeview to the consolation bracket.
Lakeview and Logan View/Scribner-Snyder both scored two runs in the first inning and three in the second before the Raiders pulled away with two more runs in the third and nine in the fourth.
Logan View/Scribner-Snyder won 16-6 in four innings.
“We did not play good softball that game. We hit well, but had way too many errors and it cost us the game,” Zywiec said.
Lakeview shook off the two losses and picked up a 15-5 victory in four innings over Madison/Humphrey/Lindsay Holy Family in its final game.
“We started slow, but came out on top,” Zywiec said. “That was a great game to get some of the younger girls some varsity playing time.”
Buck earned the win, pitching two innings to start the game. She struck out two batters and didn't allow a hit.
Lakeview trailed 4-2 before scoring four runs in the bottom of the second inning, three in the third and six in the fourth.
Savanna Denton had a team-high three hits for the Vikings and tied for the team lead with Makenna Klug with three RBIs.
Kelli Schoch went 2 for 4 with two RBIs. The junior led Lakeview with four hits in the tournament.
Lakeview (3-9) plays Tuesday at David City Aquinas.
Boone Central/Newman Grove took fourth at the tournament with a 1-2 record.
The Cardinals beat Omaha Duchesne 8-4 before falling 10-0 to York and 15-3 to GACC.
Boone Central/Newman Grove (10-6) hosts a triangular Tuesday with Wayne and Pierce.