After waiting through weather delays that pushed games from Thursday to Saturday, the Fremont High School softball team went 1-1 at the A-1 District Softball Tournament to earn runner-up at Wichersham Athletic Complex in Council Bluffs.
The Tigers won their opening round matchup against Omaha Northwest 12-4 to earn their spot in the championship game, where they were defeated by Papillion LaVista 8-0.
In opening round game against Northwest, Fremont’s offense started strong and continued throughout the game as the Tigers punched their ticket to the District Championship game.
The Tigers got the scoring started in the first inning as Tessa Kreikemeier hit a hard ground ball to right field, scoring Mikayla Paulson for the early 1-0 lead.
After giving up a run to Northwest in the bottom of the first, the Tigers got on the board again in the second as Payton Eyler was brought home as Paulson reached on a fly ball error to make the score 2-1.
The Tigers then began pouring it on in the third inning as they scored four runs to take a 6-1 lead into the fourth inning. The third inning scoring run was capped off by an Alyssa Dockerty homerun, which also brought home Kailey Rensch who was pinch running for Carlie Neuhaus.
“We had a solid offensive outing with every one of our starters reaching base,” Fremont coach Mike Schleicher said. “Our two seniors really keyed the offense with Tessa going 3-for-5 and Alyssa hitting a 2-run homerun to really give us a comfortable lead in the 3rd.”
After earning another run in the sixth inning, the Tigers led 7-2 before adding five more runs in the top of the seventh, leading to their eventual 12-4 win over the Huskies.
That win set up a championship contest against Papillion LaVista, who won their first round game over Omaha Benson 17-0 in only three innings.
The Titans once again showed their dominance in the championship game as they defeated the Tigers 8-0 in five innings, punching their ticket to the NSAA State Softball Tournament.
Papillion LaVista was led by Nebraska softball team recruit Courtney Wallace, who stifled the Tigers offense by pitching a no-hitter and striking out seven Fremont batters in the game.
In the second inning, the Titans took a 3-0 with help from two singles against Tiger pitcher Jewel Ashbrook. Papillion LaVista would earn three more singles in the third, scoring two runs to give them a 5-0 lead.
The Titans would score one more in the fourth, and two more in the fifth to take an 8-0 lead and win by run rule.
“We obviously were hoping for a different outcome in this game, but Papillion LaVista is the overall No. 1 seed in Class A for a reason,” Schleicher said. “I am so proud of our team for earning a district runner-up and the way we competed today and over the course of the season.”
The Tigers finished the season with a record of 17-21 as they earned the District A-1 Runner-Up trophy on Saturday.