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The 18U North Platte Express softball team is out to a 4-1 start to the 2014 season.

The Express went 2-1 to open the season at a Lexington tourney May 25 and swept a doubleheader May 29 against the Hastings Flames and Gothenburg Angels in Gothenburg. 

In Lexington, the Express faced the Cozad Classics in game 1 and got off to a rocky start, losing 2-3. Pitcher Kaite Franzen took the loss for the Express.

In game two, the Express were firing on all cylinders as the defeated the Holdrege Heat 8-1, behind in-the-park home runs by Tracy Blake and Katelin Schultze.

Schultze got the win for the Express.

The Express used a walk-off triple by Tracy Blake to come from behind and defeat the McCook Rebels 10-8.

Mikenzi Wiseman paced the Express going 3-3 with a triple. Jordyn Kleinow started in the circle for North Platte and was relieved by Schultze before Franzen came in to record the save.

For the tourney, Wiseman went 5-8, Franzen 3-7, Schutlze 3-7, and Blake 2-6 at the plate.

At Gothenburg, the Express faced the Hastings Flames in the opening game of the doubleheader.

North Platte had a strong pitching performance by Schultze and recorded a 4-2 win.

In the second game, North Platte pitcher Franzen started out a little shaky against Gothenburg, giving up three hits in the first inning, but then she settled in and shut down the Gothenburg hitters to get the 5-1 win.

Next, North Platte will be in action June 6-8 at the 24-team "Thunder Down Under" tournament in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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The North Platte Bulletin - Published 6/1/2014
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