The North Platte Community College Softball team was swept on Tuesday 2-3 and 8-9 by the McCook Community College Indians and Wednesday 2-3 and 2-11 by the Western Nebraska Community College Cougars.
In the opening game against the Indians pitcher Ashley Campbell took the 2-3 loss for the Knights (2-17) as she gave up 11 hits, one walk and one hit by pitch. The Knights also gave up two unearned runs and had four errors.
At the plate the Knights were led by Briona Santovito who went 2-3 with a single, a double and an RBI. Morgan Booth was 1-2 with a walk and an RBI single.
The Knights left four base runners in scoring position.
In the second game of the double header the Knights battled hard but fell 8-9 in eight innings. Morgan Keyzer was on the mound for the Knights and gave up nine hits and no walks.
The Knights defense had eight errors and gave up six unearned runs. The Knights were led by Booth, Tiffany Brasby and Katharine Savolt who all went 2-3 for the evening.
The Knights again left six runners in scoring position.
“We played decent, we couldn’t sit back on their pitcher,” said head coach Janelle Higgins. “It’s hard to win games when we give half a dozen free runs. We fought at the end, but we have to play seven innings not three.”
Against the Western Nebraska Community College Cougars the Knights lost 2-3 in a hard fought game behind hits from Campbell, Santovito, Lydia Lusk, Kimberley Silva and Alexis Bryant.
The Knights left four in scoring position. Campbell took the loss as she gave up ten hits, no walk and had three strikeouts.
The second game against the Cougars saw the Knights fall 2-11. Josilyn Richardson took the loss as she gave up three hits, two walks, one hit by pitch and had two strikeouts.
The Knights left six runners in scoring position, gave up nine unearned runs and had three errors. Santovito was 2-2 with a single and a double, Brasby was 2-3 and Booth was 2-2 with two single and an RBI.
“We played one of our best games (in the first game), but we just couldn’t finish off the Cougars at the plate,” said Higgins. “In the second game we went back and forth the first three innings and got caught relaxing in the bottom of the fourth and they capitalized on that. Coach Winn has a very sound and tough team and to play with them in both games showed our girls that we can overcome our youth and play tough.”
The Knights return home after 16 days on Friday, March 22 to take on the Otero Junior College Rattlers at the Dowhower Complex in a double header at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.
The Knights double header against Trinidad State Junior College has been rescheduled from Saturday, March 23 to Thursday, April 4 at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. at the Dowhower Complex.