LINCOLN — Norfolk High’s softball team picked up its first win of the season after splitting a doubleheader against Lincoln Northeast here Tuesday.
The Panthers pounded out 16 hits in an 11-5 victory in game one. Norfolk’s offense tallied 14 hits in a 9-8 game two loss.
“I felt we improved a lot in comparison to our last games,” Norfolk coach Chuck Hughes said. “We hit the ball hard tonight all over the field and ran the bases extremely well. We were aggressive and took the extra base when it was there and took advantage of Lincoln Northeast’s mistakes.”
Jill Orwig, who struck out seven, was credited with the pitching win.
Lakyn McCarter and Emily Flood each had three hits in four at-bats for the Panthers. Skylar Johnson, who drove in four runs, Malia Gass and Paige Kramer each had two hits in the win.
Lincoln Northeast scored the winning run in its final at-bat in game two.
Emma Kwapnioski and Hannah Matthies had three hits in four at-bats for Norfolk.
“We have to improve our mental toughness, but I know that will come.” Hughes said. “When we improve that part of our game will eliminate the breakdowns that lead to easy runs.”
Norfolk ................. 221 060 0 — 11 16 2
Lincoln NE ............ 002 020 1 — 5 5 2
Norfolk ................. 310 220 0 — 8 14 4
Lincoln NE ............ 213 110 1 — 9 10 2