Fremont High School bounced back from a winless weekend in the Heartland Athletic Conference Softball Tournament in a big way Tuesday night.
Jewel Ashbrook and Carlie Neuhaus combined on a no-hitter as the Tigers blanked Omaha Bryan 10-0 in four innings at Schilke Field.
Fremont coach Mike Schleicher said it was important for the Tigers to rebound after going 0-3 in the HAC event.
“You try to avoid phrases like ‘must win,’ but we really stressed at Monday’s practice how important it was to come out strong against Bryan and set the tone of the game early,” he said. “A solid performance such as this one goes a long way in putting this past weekend behind us.”
The Tigers struck for three runs in the first. Mikayla Paulson led off with a walk and came around to score on Jaylee Cone’s inside-the-park home run to right field. Ashbrook added a RBI single in the inning.
Cone continued her hot hitting in the second. Paulson led off with a single and then stole second. Cone followed with a RBI single to make it 4-0.
The Tigers stretched the advantage to 9-0 in the third.
Tessa Kreikemeier singled and scored on Ashbrook’s triple. Neuhaus subbed in for Ashbrook and came home on Alyssa Dockerty’s ground out. After Izzy Dobbs singled before Makenzie Ridder launched a two-run home run. Payton Eyler drew a walk before moving to second on a passed ball. Paulson then drove her in with a single.
In the fourth, Cami Bisson reached on an error while Neuhaus and Aleesha Broussard drew walks. With one out, Ridder singled to score Bisson and effectively end the game due to run rule.
Ashbrook got the win. She struck out six. Neuhaus struck out two in an inning of work.
“Jewel and Carlie had great command of their pitches,” Schleicher said. “Our hitting was an excellent complement to our defense. Our lineup from top to bottom had great approaches to the plate and we were aggressive running the bases. Our girls did a fantastic job of executing the game plan.”
The Tigers, 10-12, play a doubleheader at 5 p.m. Thursday against Lincoln High at the Doris Bair Complex.