HASTINGS – A two-run home run in the fifth inning from sophomore third baseman Daylee Dey gave the No. 5 Centennial softball team the lead for good in a 9-4 win over No. 2 Auburn Thursday night at the Bill Smith Softball Complex in Hastings.
The win sets up a consolation semi-final between Centennial and No. 7 Bishop Neumann at 11:30 a.m. Friday. The Bulldogs are eliminated from the Nebraska School Activities Association Class C State Tournament, finishing 1-2 for the week.
The Broncos jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the third on RBI’s from sophomore center fielder Shelby Ziegler and senior shortstop Aly Timmerman. Dey had a double in the inning a scored a run.
Auburn answered with four runs in the bottom half of the third inning, including a two-run home run from sophomore pitcher Kylie Allen, scoring junior first baseman Macy Rieschick. Rieschick finished 3-5 with a double and a walk. Senior second baseman Haley Clark added an RBI double.
A grand slam from Timmerman, her lone hit, in the top of the seventh sealed Centennial’s 27th win of the season.
Senior Lilly Cast earned the win. She entered the game in the fourth inning for Timmerman. She threw four innings, gave up no runs on two hits and struck out seven.
Allen was charged with the loss, throwing a complete game, giving up nine runs on nine hits and striking out seven.
The Bulldogs finish the season 26-5.
Allen’s grand slam keeps Auburn’s season alive
HASTINGS – Sophomore pitcher Kylie Allen went 3-4, with a grand slam, four RBI’s and two runs scored, and the Auburn softball team kept their season alive in the Nebraska School Activities Association Class C State Softball Tournament with an 8-0 victory over Cozad on Thursday afternoon in Hastings.
Allen got the victory in the circle, too. She went all five innings, gave up five hits and struck out six.
Senior shortstop Mollie Grant went 4-4 at the plate with a pair of doubles, an RBI and a run scored.
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