Lady O’s pick up big conference victories
The Concordia High School Orioles softball team had just about as successful of a week as possible, outscoring their opponents (both I-70 Conference teams) 26-4 in two games. On Monday, the Lady O’s hosted Orrick High School, winning 12-0, and then hosted Saint Paul Lutheran High School on Tuesday, knocking off their rivals 14-4.
The Orioles have been a solid squad throughout the season, but the two big victories should have them feeling good heading into the I-70 Conference Tournament and the Class 1 District 16 Tournament, set to start on April 29.
Monday, April 15 — I-70 Conference — Concordia HS
The Orrick High School Bearcats truly couldn’t hold a candle to the Lady Orioles in their I-70 Conference matchup on Monday as sophomore Lauren Fiend mowed down hitter after hitter en route to a perfect game over five innings and a 12-0 CHS victory.
From the pitcher’s circle, Fiene faced 15 hitters. She would strike out 11 — including one stretch of nine straight hitters, beginning with the second batter of the game and ending after the first out in the fourth inning.
Only in the fourth inning did the Orioles fail to score their first two hitters of the inning, yet still scored the second and third hitters of the inning.
The Orioles jumped out early and took care of business throughout, scoring two runs in the first, three in the second, two more in the third, and a final five-run explosion in the fourth inning.
Freshman Hali Deatherage drove in three runs on the day and stroked a triple, while senior Jacey Smith went 2-3 with two doubles. One of senior Alexis Borgstadt’s two hits was a double, as was one of frosh Cate Cooper’s.
The O’s advanced to 14-5 (5-2) with the victorious effort.
Orrick falls to 1-12 (0-7) with the loss.
Tuesday, April 16 — I-70 Conference — Concordia HS
For the second time in as many opportunities, the Orioles got all of rival Saint Paul Lutheran High School in their Tuesday matchup, taking care of business with a 14-4 shellacking.
The Orioles moved ahead 1-0 when a leadoff walk by freshman Cate Cooper eventually materialized into a run, scoring on a two-out Saints error. It was really the only time the contest was competitive, as the O’s crossed the plate four times each in the second and third innings. The Saints would pick up four runs in the top of the fifth inning, but CHS scored five times to end the game via mercy rule.
Lauren Fiene had hitters off-balance all game, allowing four hits and one walk over five innings. She struck out 11 and allowed three earned runs. It was also the second straight outing Fiene had a stretch of nine straight strikeouts, once again beginning with the second batter of the game.
Senior Alexis Borgstadt finished 2-4 at the plate with a walk three RBIs. Sophomore Teagan Powers and freshman Cate Cooper each smacked doubles, while senior Kylie Schnakenberg joined Cooper in stroking a three-bagger. Senior Jacey Smith did her part via plate discipling, drawing three walks.
The Orioles moved to 15-5 (6-2) with the victory.
The Saints fell to 5-6 (2-6) with the loss.