CHS softball beats rival, loses final two tourney games
After a promising start to the I-70 Conference Tournament, the Concordia High School Orioles softball team fizzled out, dropping their final two tournament games.
Monday, April 22 — I-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
The scoring started early for the Concordia Orioles in their contest against the St. Paul Lutheran High School Saints in the first round of the I-70 Conference Tournament.
Despite collecting just one hit in the inning, freshman Cate Cooper and sophomore Lauren Fiene would score in the inning.
An even better hit-to-run differential was found in the third inning, when the O’s turned two singles into four runs behind errors and walks. They would come after two two-out errors in the top of the third inning materialized into two runs in the third inning, moving the score to 7-2.
Two more Orioles hits were tallied in the fourth (and ultimately final) inning, but five runs were also marked, advancing the score to 12-2 and securing the final runs in the mercy rule victory.
They collected just five hits as a team, but it was plenty to get past the Saints in this contest. Cooper (one RBI, three runs) and senior Justice Workman (two RBI) each went 1-4. Senior Alexis Borgstadt went 1-2, while Hali Deatherage went 2-2 with a walk and two runs scored.
Fiene struck out nine over five innings of work, walking two and allowing one lonely hit in the contest.
The Orioles moved to 16-5 (7-4) with the victory.
SPLHS fell to 5-7 (2-7) with the loss.
Tuesday, April 23 — 1-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
Sweet Springs 16
Things got ugly quick for the Concordia Orioles against the Sweet Springs High School Greyhounds in their second round matchup, falling behind early en route to the 16-3 loss.
Four and three runs were scored in the first and second innings, respectively, by the ‘Hounds, and a six run third inning essentially put the game to rest before the O’s got their first runs.
They would pick up one run when sophomore Lauren Fiene (double) was driven in by senior Jacey Smith on a single, while sophomore Teagan Powers and junior Kailey Schnakenburg scored in the fourth inning when senior Justice Workman stroked a double to left field.
Orioles defenders gave up nine errors, which makes any sort of comeback exponentially more difficult. Fiene and Powers collected the team’s only two-hit games. Each had a double, as did Workman.
The Orioles fell to 16-6 (7-5) with the loss. Sweet Springs advanced to 21-2 (9-2) after the big victory.
Wednesday, April 24 — I-70 Conference Tournament — Concordia Sports Complex
Santa Fe 11
Errors more than anything cost the Concordia Orioles their third round matchup against the Santa Fe High School Lady Chiefs, falling 11-3.
Despite one runner reaching base in each of the first two innings, the Orioles got their first runs on the board courtesy of Teagan Powers when the sophomore blasted a third inning leadoff home run to left-center, giving them a 1-0 lead. Follow-up singles from freshman Cate Cooper and senior Justice Workman threatened more scoring but ultimately didn’t materialize.
In the top of the fourth inning, the Lady Chiefs picked up a pair of runs on a home run of their own, moving the score to 2-1. The Chiefs started piling it on, however, collecting four runs apiece in the fifth and sixth innings. It would be more than enough to down the O’s, as a run from freshman Hali Deatherage in the sixth and another by sophomore Lauren Fiene in the seventh inning wouldn’t help them dig very far out of the hole, falling 11-3.
Fiene went 3-4 with a double, while Workman went 2-4. Junior Kailey Ohrenberg’s only hit was a double, finishing 1-3.
Fiene was roughed up a little bit from the pitcher’s circle, allowing six earned runs (11 runs total), and 11 hits across seven innings despite walking just one and striking out 11.
Orioles defenders gave up seven errors, while the Lady Chiefs allowed just three.
CHS falls to 16-7 (7-6) with the loss.
Santa Fe advanced to 9-7 (4-5) with the victory.