Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan softball earns split

GENEVA – The Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan Panthers hosted the St. Paul Wildcats and the Blue River Panthers in softball triangular action on Monday.

In the opening game the Panthers defeated St. Paul 5-3, but dropped the nightcap to Blue River 6-3.

FC/EM is 8-13 on the year and will return to action on Saturday, Sept. 22 at the Central City Invite.

FC/EM 5,

St. Paul 3

The host Panthers scored two in the top of the first inning as their first two batters reached on walks and both scored.

An RBI groundout off the bat of Kalisha Gergen produced the first run and with two outs, Sydney Simacek singled in the second.

FC/EM added two in the third after the Wildcats had trimmed the lead to 2-1 on a run scoring single by Rebekah Paulsen.

In the Panthers’ third frame Kayla Geiger’s double scored Josie Kresak, who had led off with a triple.

Geiger scored the Panthers’ fourth run of the game on a fielder’s choice by Simacek.

Single runs by St. Paul in the fifth and sixth made it 4-3, but Geiger plated a run in the bottom of the sixth for the 5-3 final.

Geiger led the offense with two hits.

The win went to Jacy Schlueter with seven innings of work. She allowed 12 hits and recorded six strikeouts.

“We were fortunate to get out of some difficult situations defensively and were just able to squeak by with enough runs,” Panthers’ head coach Aaron Lauby said. “There is such a fine line sometimes between winning and losing and I think tonight with the three teams playing each other so competitively that was pretty evident.”

Blue River 6,

FC/EM 3

The Blue River Panthers (David City/East Butler/Shelby-Rising City) scored five runs over the first two innings and the Panthers were held off the scoreboard until they plated all three of their runs in the sixth inning.

Blue River scored three times in the first as they parlayed three hits and two FC/EM errors into an early lead.

Two more came across for Blue River in the second and it capped its scoring in the fourth with a run and a 6-0 lead.

The FC/EM offense finally got untracked as Caitlin Murphy hit a two-run double to score Geiger, who had doubled, and Gergen, who was aboard on a walk.

The Panthers finished with just five hits.

Schlueter worked six innings, allowed six hits, struckout seven and she tossed 101 pitches.

“We are offensively scuffling right now, but I’m really proud of how the girls kept grinding and battling even though it was not an ideal start,” Lauby said. “In our game there are going to be those days where you don’t get some breaks or play as sharply as you would like.

“We have to make our own breaks by executing the little things, and give the best effort you have to give. Both teams are competing and playing hard and those little things like getting bunts down, hitting cutoffs, sliding on close plays, etc, can often turn momentum around towards your side.”

Twin River hands Polk County loss in Genoa

GENOA — The Polk County Slammers softball team dropped to 7-16 after a Monday night loss to Twin River in Genoa.

Twin River scored at least one run in four of the five innings played along the way to the 11-3 win over the Slammers. Twin River outhit Polk County 8-4. The Slammers had nine errors in the loss.

Sydney Strobel had a triple while Cassidy Reiken and Avery Hanson both had singles for Polk County. Reiken had the lone RBI for the Slammers.

Polk County’s Justice Majerus scored twice while Strobel crossed the plate once.

In the circle for the Slammers was Taylor Carlson. She pitched all four innings and gave up 11 runs, only six of which were earned. Carlson struck out one batter and walked four.

Polk County (7-16)

0 1 0 1 1 — 3

Twin River (15-11)

1 5 0 4 1 — 11

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