HASTINGS– The Broken Bow 18U Spirit Softball team went 2-2 this weekend at the USA State Softball Complex in Hastings. In their first game on Friday, July 9, the Spirit team fell 10-3 to Creighton. Broken Bow trailed by only two runs going into the sixth inning before Creighton scored five runs to pull away. Broken Bow was unable to close the gap in the bottom half of the inning.
Broken Bow tallied three runs on six hits. Mya Weverka pitched 5 1/3 innings and Joscelyn Coleman finished the game pitching the final 2/3 of the inning in relief. Irelyn Rosfeld, Kate Holcomb, Nikki Petters, Kassidy Cyboron, Avery Campbell, and Coleman all collected one hit each for the Spirit.
Creighton tallied 14 hits in the game with four players managing multiple hits. Defense was a strong suit for Creighton as they did not commit an error in the game.
In their second game of pool play on Friday, the Spirit rebounded with a big win over Chaos. Avery Campbell led the way for Broken Bow driving in four runs on three hits in the 16-6 win. A triple shy of the cycle, Campbell hit a single in the first, a home run in the fourth and a double in the fifth. The Spirit collected 17 hits in the game compared to four from Chaos.
Weverka was back in the circle for Broken Bow where she pitched three complete innings allowing two runs on zero hits. Broken Bow was successful running the base paths with eleven stolen bases, Irelyn Rosfeld led the team with four.
In their final pool play game on Saturday, Broken Bow was able to defeat the Battle Creek Bravettes 10-5. Both teams traded shots in the first two innings, exchanging leads until the third when Broken Bow scored three runs and never looked back.
Avery Campbell added to her home run total at state hitting a two-run shot over the left field wall in the fifth inning. The Bravettes attempted to make a comeback in the top of the 6th inning scoring two runs to cut the deficit to five before Mya Weverka ended the game giving the Spirit the win.
Weverka pitched six innings, allowing five runs on seven hits with two strike outs. Broken Bow tallied thirteen hits in the game with four players earning multiple hits. Battle Creek finished the game with seven hits.
The Spirit team saw their season come to an end after being on the wrong end of a walk-off. The Polk County Slammers started off the game leading 1-0 before Broken Bow tied it up in the top of the second inning after a ground-out by Kate Holcomb scored Camryn Johnson who had led off the inning with a single.
Broken Bow took the lead 3-1 in the top of the fifth inning after Joscelyn Coleman hit a two RBI double to center field scoring Irelyn Rosfeld and Kassidy Cyboron. In the bottom half of the fifth inning, the Slammers were able to get their offense going with two outs scoring the eventual tying run on a single to center field.
With the extra innings runner on second base for the Slammers, a throwing error by the Broken Bow defense allowed her to score giving Polk County the one run win. Mya Weverka went 5 2/3 for the Spirit allowing three runs on five hits. She also struck out four.