FALLS CITY – Conestoga softball athletes improved their season record Saturday with two victories at the Falls City Invite.
Southern 3, Conestoga 2
Southern edged the Cougars in the tournament’s opening game. Madi Hobscheidt gave Conestoga a 2-0 lead with a two-run double in the bottom of the second inning. Southern overcame that obstacle with three runs in the third. The team held off several CHS rally attempts to win.
Bri Poteet collected one double, one single and one run for Conestoga. Hobscheidt doubled once, Reagan Ruffner had one single and one sacrifice bunt and Autumn Hardesty tallied one single and one walk.
Sophia Svanda singled and scored once and Megan Poteet posted one single. Alexa Vogler had one sacrifice bunt and Becca Simpson reached once on an error.
Hardesty tossed four innings and posted five strikeouts. Megan Poteet collected three strikeouts in three innings of work.
Southern 003 000 0 – 3 10 2
Conestoga 020 000 0 – 2 7 1
Conestoga 4, Syracuse 3
Conestoga escaped the Rockets with a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh. The team trailed 3-1 before manufacturing the winning runs.
Hannah Vogler jumpstarted Conestoga’s seventh-inning comeback with a leadoff double. She moved to third on Hobscheidt’s single and scored on Ruffner’s RBI groundout. Hardesty drew a one-out walk and then joined Hobscheidt on a double steal. The aggressive baserunning paid dividends when Simpson tied the game with a RBI single.
Hardesty’s quickness came into play on the final pitch of the game. She raced home on a passed ball and touched the plate for the winning run.
Hobscheidt finished the game with three singles and one run. Simpson posted two singles, one RBI and one run and Ruffner had two singles and one RBI. Hardesty helped the team’s cause with one single, one walk and one run.
Svanda generated one double and one run and reached once on an error. Vogler collected one double and one single and Courtney Wagner and Megan Poteet each tallied one single.
Ruffner collected the complete-game pitching victory. She scattered six hits and struck out four Rockets.
Syracuse 002 010 0 – 3 6 2
Conestoga 000 100 3 – 4 12 1
Conestoga 4, Cass County Central 2
Conestoga (14-4) earned a close victory over the Crush in the tournament’s final game. The Cougars scored twice in the first inning and added a pair of key insurance runs in the fourth and sixth frames. Cass County Central scored solo runs in the third and fifth innings.
Hobscheidt began Conestoga’s opening inning with an infield single and moved ahead on Simpson’s two-out single. The team loaded the bases after Wagner was struck by a pitch. Bri Poteet then slammed a two-RBI double.
The Cougars tacked on a solo run in the fourth when Hannah Vogler knocked a single and moved up on Hobscheidt’s sacrifice bunt. Ruffner drove in her teammate with a single.
CHS followed a similar strategy in the sixth. Alexa Vogler drilled a leadoff single and advanced to second on a groundout. She ran to third on Hobscheidt’s single and scored on Ruffner’s RBI groundout.
Hobscheidt and Simpson each enjoyed big games at the plate for Conestoga. Hobscheidt collected three singles, one sacrifice bunt and one run. Simpson blasted a pair of doubles and added one single, one walk and one run.
Bri Poteet tallied one double and two RBI and Ruffner generated two singles and two RBI. Alexa Vogler collected two singles and one run and Hannah Vogler posted one single and one run. Wagner walked once and was struck once by a pitch.
Ruffner produced her second complete game of the day. She struck out three batters and allowed six hits and one earned run.
Conestoga 200 101 0 – 4 8 2
Cass County Central 001 010 0 – 2 6 3