Softball

The Swede softball team has wrapped up another busy week of games and has moved to 6-5 on the season after a win against Ord on Aug. 31 and a 1-2 showing at the McCook Invitational Sept. 4.

“We started a little sluggish against Ord but the girls made the right adjustments at the plate and we were able to put together a big 5th inning to give us some breathing room,” Swede head softball coach Luke Dea said.

Ord got out to a two-run lead in the first inning Aug. 31, but the Swedes answered back in the top of the second inning with three runs of their own.

Chloe Daharsh and Wren Herrick started the inning off with walks to bring Brianna Houchin to the plate.

Houchin sent a screaming line drive to center field, good for a double, bringing Daharsh home.

Addisyn Streeter followed with a walk then stole second but she wasn’t there for long due to an Abby Siemek single to left that scored both Houchin and Streeter.

The Swedes held the lead the remainder of the game, adding two more runs in the fourth and exploded for six runs in the fifth to bring the final score to 11-2 in favor of Gothenburg.

Siemek went 3-3 at the plate with three RBIs on the day.

Streeter stole the only base for the Swedes and had a solid 1-2 day at the dish.

Hannah Devlin was 3-4 at the plate with two RBIs and pitched five innings, allowing two runs on four hits, striking out eight.

Gothenburg was scheduled for a Sept. 2 game against Lexington but that game was postponed so the focus for the team turned to the McCook Invitational.

The Swedes drew Alliance in the first game of the day and stayed steady to secure a 5-2 victory to start off the tournament.

“Alliance kind of set the tone for the whole day,” Dea said. “We actually hit the ball pretty well and we were able to work a lot of runners on base.”

The first inning saw both teams put a run on the board, and the Swedes got some offense going in the third inning to score three more.

Taysia Holbein led off the inning with a walk on four straight pitches.

Daharsh sent a ground-ball single to left field to put runners on first and second.

Herrick flew out for the first out of the game, then Houchin grounded out to shortstop. Holbein scored on the play to give the Swedes a 2-1 lead.

Siemek singled on a line drive to score Daharsh and give the Swedes a two-run lead before the inning ended when Streeter grounded into a fielder’s choice.

Alliance attempted a rally in the fourth, but was silenced by the Swede defense after one run scored.

Gothenburg brought another run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning when Devlin scored on an error by the Alliance first baseman.

Then in the bottom of the sixth inning, Devlin drew a walk and Holbein sent a hard ground ball to left field to score Devlin and secure the victory for the Swedes.

Dea said that in spite of the victory on the scoreboard, he felt the Swedes left too many runners on base.

Next in the bracket was McCook, and despite beating the Bison earlier this year, the Swedes struggled to get anything going.

The Bison got on the board in the first inning with a run, scored a second run in the fourth and ran away with the game in the fifth inning, plating five runs in the frame.

Gothenburg allowed one more run in the sixth inning to drop the first game 8-0.

Dea said that the pivotal moment in the McCook game came in the third inning when the Swedes were trailing 1-0.

“The first three girls reached base in that inning for us and we had the top of our lineup coming to bat,” he said. “We just couldn’t come through with the clutch plays as we left the bases loaded without scoring. That really deflated us and things got away from us from that point forward.”

The Swedes took on the Gering Bulldogs in the final game of the day and worked hard to bounce back after a difficult loss.

Gothenburg’s second inning saw Sierra Herfel and Streeter get hit by pitches in consecutive at-bats to put runners on first and second with two outs.

Devlin stepped to the plate and sent a hard line drive to left field to score both Herfel and Streeter to give Gothenburg the first two runs of the game and the lead.

The Swedes stayed in control until the top of the fourth when Gering evened the score at two, then took the lead with a five-run fifth inning.

Gothenburg didn’t let the scoreboard deter them and came to the bat in the bottom of the sixth inning ready to go to battle.

Ally Goad drew a walk to lead off the inning, and after a strikeout by Herfel and a fly-out by Gracie Burson, Devlin singled on a hard ground ball to center to advance the runner.

With Swedes on first and second base, Madison Beachel sent a line drive to right field to score a run.

Taysia Holbein singled on a fly ball to right, bringing another run across the plate.

Daharsh crushed a ground ball back to the pitcher that was too much to handle, scoring Beachel and leaving Daharsh safe at first.

The Swedes’ come-from-behind effort was ended with a groundout by Wren Herrick, leaving the score at 7-5 in favor of the Bulldogs.

“I was happy with how the girls responded against a tough Gering team to finish off the day,” he said. “While we weren’t able to pull out the win, we showed a lot more fire early in the game. Unfortunately, our rally just fell short. I like that we went down fighting.”

Holbein went 1-3 with two RBIs in the game.

Devlin pitched six innings, allowing two runs on three hits and striking out 12.

As the Swedes take some time in practice to prepare for a tremendously busy stretch of the season.

Gothenburg hosts Minden on Sept. 9, hosts Chase County Sept. 11 and then heads to a triangular at Kearney on Sept. 14.

Dea said that at this point in the season, his focus is not on who is on the schedule.

“We are less concerned with who we are playing and more concerned with how we are playing,” he said.

The Swedes host the Minden Whippets on Sept. 9 at the Gothenburg 4-plex. First pitch for the junior varsity game is at 5 p.m. with the varsity game to follow.

Then on Sept. 11, Chase County comes to town for a noon showdown with the junior varsity Swedes.

Contact Rebecca Steward at rebecca@gothenburgleader.com or call 308.537.9498