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WNCC softball falls twice at Kansas Tournament

March 31, 2012

EL DORADO, Kan. -- The Western Nebraska Community College softball team was on the wrong side of a perfect game on Friday in the first day of the Butler Tournament in El Dorado, Kan. on Friday.

In the opener, Iowa Central Community College's Corinne Frei tossed the perfect game, sitting down all 21 Cougar batters as the NJCAA Division II, No. 4-ranked Iowa Central team blanked the Cougars 5-0. The loss snapped the Cougars 5-game winning streak.

The Cougars, despite a late inning comeback, came up short in the second game against Garden City Community College, falling 5-3. Garden City received votes in this week's national poll.

WNCC spotted Garden City four early runs before mounting a comeback with a single run in the sixth and two in the seventh. WNCC also had plenty of opportunities to score runs in the earlier frames, but couldn't get the clutch base hit.

The sixth inning, however, is when things started to click for the Cougars after going 12 scoreless innings. Kayla Romey started the comeback by reaching on a dropped third strike. Bianca Duran then singled. Romey came around to score on a Mariah Shepherd fielder's choice for the first run of the day for WNCC.

WNCC mounted a furious comeback in the seventh as Aria Agle and Danielle Hearn started the inning with back-to-back singles. Kimmie Widick then reached base on a fielder's choice. Agle and Widick later came around to score on a Kasey Cash double, which was the only extra base hit on the day.

The Cougars pounded out eight hits in the contest. Hearn went a perfect 3-for-3, while Duran went 2-for-3.

Amanda Jones took the loss in the circle, going six innings in scattering eight hits, walking two and striking out one.

The Cougar's started the tournament off on the wrong foot with the perfect game tossed against them. They, however, had opportunities, and Cougar pitcher Bianca Duran finished with seven strike outs in the contest. Duran allowed 10 hits and walked none. The big culprit was the four fielding errors.

The day belonged to Frei, who faced the games minimum 21 batters in the seven innings while striking out five. The sophomore had 79 pitches in the contest, 62 of which went for strikes.

WNCC will look to get back on the winning track with three games on Saturday to finish the Butler tournament. WNCC will face Indian Hills Community College, Eastern Oklahoma and Butler Community College. Butler defeated Iowa Central on Friday 6-2.


Game 1

ICCC210 100 1 -- 5 10 0

WNCC000 000 0 -- 0 0 4

LP -- Bianca Duran.


Game 2

WNCC000 001 2 -- 3 8 1

GCCC200 021 x -- 5 8 0

LP -- Amanda Jones; 2B -- Kasey Cash.

NJCAA Region 9 • Tagged
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