June 19th Softball @ Newell Fonda
Southeast Valley softball opened the week against the Mustangs from Newell Fonda in Fonda on Monday night. Despite their best efforts, the offense of the Mustangs would prove to be too much for the Jags as they would lose by a score of 1-8 after seven innings.
In the first innings, the Jags offense looked promising. Ellie Nolte got things started by ripping a leadoff double to land herself in scoring position. She would then reach third on a bunt laid down by Lauren Eslick. Unfortunately, Nolte would be stranded at third following a strikeout to Alex Kitchen. The Jaguar bats could not get an offense going throughout the game until the seventh inning. Freshman Brooke Peterson earned her first varsity start and she produced at the plate in the seventh. Peterson would reach base after squaring up a single to the right side. Peterson would go on to score as a result of a double barreled up and smoked down the line from junior second baseman Leilah Olson.
It appeared as though the Mustangs knew where every gap was in the Jaguar defense and placed the ball perfectly in one every time. The Jaguars relied heavily on Maddie Vansickle on the mound and she performed fantastically without her back up, Chloe Lambert not being available to pitch due to a broken finger. Ellie Nolte held together the left side of the infield and Leilah Olson manned the right side making quick work of the offense that came their way. A huge credit goes to the outtie trio of Kenna Scott, Alex Kitchen, and Brooke Peterson for making adjustments and doing their best to keep the speed of Newell Fonda at bay when possible.
The Jags are host their next three games in Harcourt as they welcome the Titans from GTRA, the Cadets from Iowa Falls Alden, and the Titans from South Central Calhoun.