Falls City High started and finished strong in each of their victories last week to improve to 15-9 on the season and hold on to their ‘contender’ status in the Lincoln Journal Star’s latest batch of ratings.
FC scored two in the first inning, two in the fifth and posted a five-spot in the sixth in their 10-4 home win over St. Joseph Lafayette (MO) last Tuesday. Then on Thursday, the Lady Tigers posted three in the top of the first and went wild in the fifth scoring 10 runs to come from behind for the less-than-expected lopsided victory. After falling behind, Freeman rallied to take a 6-4 in the bottom of the fourth before FC’s scoring explosion.
Junior Shiloah Feighner got the 10-run sixth started with a single to right that scored senior Brooke Scheitel and freshman Bailey Armbruster, who led off the inning with back-to-back walks. Then, Freshman Tayten O’Brien singled to center, scoring senior Brittany Ritter and freshman Morgan Bletscher. After senior Haley Cochran’s sacrifice fly advanced senior Avery Scott to third, senior Allyson Scholl drove Scott in with a single to left. It continued. Scholl came around to score on a mishandled fly ball off the bat of Scheitel, who, along with junior Sydney Armbruster, who reached earlier on a walk, would come around to score on a single by Bailey Armbruster to make it 12-6. Bletscher’s second at-bat of the inning, a RBI double to left, produced the final two runs of the inning and suffice to say, the Freeman hopes of winning were dashed.
Scholl, Scheitel and Bailey Armbruster each scored three times in the victory over Freeman, while Bailey was responsible for four RBIs. Feighner drove in three and Bletscher and O’Brien finished with a pair of RBI each.
Scheitel and Sydney and Bailey Armbruster led the way against Lafayette, as each finished with two hits, while combining for five runs and five RBIs.
Buchholz pitched all 13 innings to earn wins number 11 and 12 on the season. Buchholz allowed two earned against Freeman and three earned versus Lafayette. She combined for five strikeouts in the two wins, adding to her single-season strikeout total, which now sits at 118.
FC traveled to Savannah, MO, last night and hosts St. Joseph LeBlond, MO, tonight at 5:30. The final regular season game is Thursday at Syracuse with the junior varsity game to start things off at 5 p.m.
Lady Tigers JV softball
Falls City High’s junior varsity softball team split their two games last week and currently sit at 5-1 on the season. FC defeated St. Joe Lafayette (MO), 7-2, at Hartman Field last Monday and then dropped a wild one on the road at Freeman last Thursday.
Leading 4-3 in the top of the fourth, FC put up seven runs to build a normally comfortable 11-3 lead with three outs to play. Freeman pulled off the improbable, though, and scored nine runs in the bottom half to steal the victory. Defense hurt FC, as they committed seven errors, which led to seven of the 12 runs to be unearned.
Shiloah Feighner homered and singled to finish 2-for-3 with 2 RBIs. Molly Brown was also 2-for-3 with a triple and two runs scored. Avery Scott finished with a pair of doubles and 2 RBIs, while Jordan Phroper’s double in the fourth inning drove in a pair. Bailey Gilkerson finished 3-for-3 with three runs scored.
Feighner and Josie Lunsford led FC at the plate against Lafayette, as each finished 2-for-3 with a pair of runs batted in. Brown was 2-for-3 as well and Chessanie Blakley connected for a pair of singles on her two trips to the dish. Tayten O’Brien held SJL to one hit in the complete game victory. O’Brien struck out seven and allowed just one earned run.