The North Platte Community College softball team got its third win of the year Saturday, a rare bright spot in the long season. The Lady Knights knocked off the McCook Community College Indians, 9-6, in the Nebraska Community College Athletic Conference Tournament.
In the Knights' win, Rylee Murphy was the winning pitcher. Briona Santovito went 2-4, Tiffany Brasby went 3-4 and Lydia Lusk was 2-3 for the Knights.
Earlier in the week, the Knights' losing streak continued. They were crushed Wednesday by Western Nebraska Community College, 1-11 and 3-11.
In game one, North Platte pitcher Delaney Furnish took the loss, giving up nine hits and two walks while striking out one batter. Siarra Velasquez went 1-2 at the plate for the Knights.
In game two, Ashley Campbell took the loss, giving up 12 hits and four walks while striking out five. Lusk, a North Platte High graduate, went 1-2 with a sacrifice fly and Campbell was 1-1 for the Knights.
On Thursday, the Knights also lost twice to Trinidad State Junior College, 3-0 and 9-5. In the first game, pitcher Morgan Keyzer gave up three home runs, four hits and one walk. In the nightcap, Campbell was the losing pitcher with seven hits, four walks and two strikeouts. The North Platte offense was respectable, with Katharine Savolt going 3-3, Brasy 2-3 with a double and Velasquez was 2-4 with a double.
On Friday and Saturday, the Knights traveled to Columbus to take on Iowa Western Community College, Muscatine Community College and Indian Hills Community College in the Central Community College Tournament.
The Knights went 0-3 in the tournament.
(The last games of that tournament were also the opening games in the round-robin conference tourney that included the win over McCook and concluded Sunday.)
On Friday, the Knights fell to Iowa Western 8-1 as Delaney Furnish took the loss with nine hits and three walks. Velasquez went 2-2 with an RBI.
Against Muscatine the Knights fell 10-1 as Keyzer took the loss. Velasquez reached base on an error and scored the only run for the Knights.
In the third game, the Knights lost 13-1 to Indian Hills. Josilyn Richardson took the loss giving up five hits, two walks and she hit one batter. However, Richardson also had four strikeouts and gave up only two earned runs.
The Knights lost two more games Sunday. Reporter Nathan Weisler of the college did not file a game report.
The Knights are scheduled to return home Monday and Tuesday to face two teams they beat earlier this year.
They play Northeastern Junior College Monday in a double header at 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.
The Knights split with the Plainswomen on March 7, as they lost the opening game 5-6 before rebounding for a 3-1 victory.
The Knights then finish their grueling 14-games-in-seven-days stretch as they host the Colby Community College Trojans in a double header on April 9 at 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.
The Knights started their season by facing the Trojans and won the opening game 12-10 before falling 6-11.