UTICA – The Centennial Bronco softball season started off with a pair of lopsided losses at the Crete Triangular on Tuesday night and a heartbreaker at Columbus Lakeview on Thursday night.
The Broncos managed only one hit against the Crete Cardinals in a 9-1 loss and No. 9 Class B Norris throttled the Broncos 12-1 in six innings.
On Thursday, Lakeview scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead and the Broncos managed one counter in the top of the seventh, but it proved to be one run short in a 5-4 loss.
Lakeview 5, Centennial 4
In the contest at Lakeview, the Broncos jumped out to 2-0 lead in the top of the fourth when Cheyenne Craig was hit by a pitch and Molly Rafert singled to put runners on the corners.
The next batter, Krysta Haberman, hit a long fly ball to centerfield that was misplayed and both runners scored.
The Broncos went up 3-1 in the top of the sixth on back-to-back doubles by Dacee Dey and Craig, but the Bronco defense fell apart in the bottom of the frame.
The Lakeview Vikings scored four times on a triple and a double and three costly Centennial errors.
In the seventh, Krayton Conell plated Megan Dinkelman who had walked, but the rally fell short.
Centennial outhit the hosts 8-6, but the three errors in the sixth told the story.
On the mound Dey walked three, struck out one and allowed five runs, three earned. Dey also led the offense going 3-4 at the plate.
Ashley Gilsdorf tripled, Elizabeth Cunningham doubled and Monica Gotshall drove in two runs to lead the Vikings.
Norris 12 Centennial 1
The Broncos managed six hits in the loss, but also committed five errors that contributed to the Titans' 12 runs.
The Broncos scored their only run in the fourth when Madison Mogee singled, went to second on a sacrifice bunt by Rafert and then scored on a hit to center by Haberman.
Dey and Craig both recorded two hits for the Broncos, while Danica Meierhenry led the Titans with a 2-5 effort. She drove in five runs and hit a three run homer.
Dey gave up 12 runs on just eight hits, walked seven and struck out five.
Crete 9 Centennial 1
The game was scoreless through two innings, but Crete pushed across four in the third and five more in the fourth, while the Centennial Broncos only run scored in the top of the fifth.
Haberman reached on a fielder's choice and Amber Tonniges walked. The next batter, Craig, hit a fly ball to centerfield that was dropped to score pinch runner Daegan Dey from second.
Errors once again plagued the Broncos as they were charted with three, two coming in the four-run Cardinal third. The Broncos also gave up nine walks in the loss.
The only hit was by Mogee, while Mackinsey Schmidt led the Cardinals with a 2-3 day and drove in five runs.
Centennial (0-3) takes on Crete today at 9:30 in the first round of the Seward Invite.