Photo Showcase: Omaha Skutt-Elkhorn South
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Following a few frustrating games of hitting the ball right at defenders, Omaha Skutt hitters found plenty of gaps Monday night in a 10-0, four-inning softball victory over Elkhorn South.
“Everything went right tonight,” Skutt coach Keith Engelkamp said. “Everything we hit was finding holes. We had one game last weekend where we had 11 line-drive outs.”
The top-ranked SkyHawks pounded out eight hits, including three for extra bases, before an estimated crowd of 200 at Elkhorn South.
Winning pitcher and Nebraska recruit Kaylan Jablonski had two of those extra-base hits — a double and a triple — and catcher Emilee Jonas had a three-run triple in the fourth inning that helped Skutt (17-3) end the game early.
Allissa Stevens had a two-run single to right field in the third inning as the SkyHawks increased their lead to 6-0.
Shortstop and Creighton recruit Jen Daro, who has 11 home runs this season, didn't get a chance to swing the bat as the Storm (14-6) elected to pitch around her. Daro had two walks and reached base when she was hit by a pitch.
Daro's intentional pass in the first inning loaded the bases, and Jonas responded with an RBI single for Skutt's first run.
Jablonski finished with eight strikeouts in four innings. In Skutt's only loss Saturday at the Lincoln Southeast tournament — a 4-3 setback to No. 3 Blair — Jablonski had 15 strikeouts.
“Kaylan set the tone when she hit that double off the fence,” Engelkamp said. “We had only one run in the first inning, but that got things going in the right direction for us.”
Skutt next will travel to No. 2 Lincoln Pius X before Saturday's River Cities Conference tournament in South Sioux City.
Omaha Skutt (17-3) .................. 105 4—10 8 1
At Elkhorn South (14-6) .................. 000 0—0 1 1
W: Kaylan Jablonski. L: Nikki Schaefer. 2B: OS, Jablonski. 3B: OS, Jablonski, Emilee Jonas.
Ralston 7, Elkhorn 6
Ralston earned its first come-from-behind victory of the season Monday with a 7-6 decision over Elkhorn after the Rams saw a five-run lead disappear in the fifth inning.
That early advantage for the No. 6-ranked Rams started with a two-run home run by Megan Korgie, her fifth of the season. But it all went away in the Elkhorn's half of the fifth as the No. 7 Antlers scored six runs.
The big hit in that inning was a two-run double by Brittney Banks. The Rams (14-6) didn't help their cause by committing a pair of errors.
“The whole game from the fourth inning on really felt like a district final-type atmosphere,” Ralston coach Bill Heard said. “I was happy with the way the kids responded.”
Ralston shortstop Katy Shupe tied the game in the sixth inning with a solo home run, her third of the season. Then in the seventh Taylre Keenan walked, advanced to second on a passed ball, moved to third on a groundout by Alyssa Anderson and scored what proved to be the winning run on a bloop single by Korgie.
“We came from behind to win and that's something we hadn't done this year,” Heard said. “To see our girls get a little confidence from that is good to see this time of year.”
Winning pitcher Barbara Billingsley had 12 strikeouts for the Rams, while Laura Roecker struck out eight for Elkhorn (14-6).
Ralston (14-6) .................. 212 001 1—7 4 2
At Elkhorn (14-6) .................. 000 060 0—6 4 3
W: Barbara Billingsley. L: Laura Roecker. 2B: E, Brittney Banks. HR: R, Megan Korgie, Katy Shupe.
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