Northwest turned things around in a hurry in the second inning Thursday at George Park.
The Class B No. 7-rated Vikings faced a bases-loaded jam with no outs against Holdrege, but exited the inning with a 3-0 lead of their own.
Northwest then finished the game off just a couple of innings later, posting a 10-0 four-inning win on senior night.
"We got into a little bit of a jam there, but the kids worked out of it and made the plays that we needed to make," Northwest coach Dave Prokesh said. "(Alyssa Vanosdall) threw some nice pitches and it’s really nice for our kids to work out of it, get some experience and have some success. It’ll give us confidence if it ever happens again down the road."
The Dusters (10-11) loaded the bases on a double by Trenda Hollertz and a pair of Northwest errors. But two pop-outs and a strikeout ended the threat.
The Vikings (19-2) took control in the bottom of the second. Maddie Freidt and Vanosdall each hit an RBI double, while Mikaela Keene singled in another run.
Northwest finished with 14 hits — 13 of those over the final three innings. Shelby Schacher went 2-for-3 and hit her seventh home run of the season.
Vanosdall went 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI doubles. Keene, Addison Simmons and Freidt also finished with two hits.
"I thought our pitch selection was really good," Prokesh said. "I was really pleased with the way we hit the ball and ran the bases. I felt it was a pretty complete effort on both sides of the ball."
Vanosdall gave up three hits, struck out five and walked none.
Both teams were coming off nine-inning games earlier in the week. Prokesh liked how his team responded after Tuesday’s extra-inning win over Adams Central.
"It was a tight game the other night with plenty of emotions in that, to be sure," he said. "But they came back and executed pretty well, so I guess you can’t complain too much about that."
And Prokesh was happy with a convincing win on senior night.
"It was a nice way for our seniors to finish off," he said. "It was a nice crowd out here tonight and (the seniors) all got a chance to participate in one way or another, and they all did well.
"They’ve been a nice bunch, and it’s a nice way for them to perform on a night like tonight."
Holdrege (10-11) ...................... 000 0—0 3 0
Northwest (19-2) ..................... 033 4—10 14 2
WP—Vanosdall. LP—Nelson. 2B—H, Hollertz. NW—Freidt, Vanosdall 2. HR—NW, Schacher.