Seneca softball team stumbles in four losses

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By Derick Kelly


The Seneca Royals softball team began a busy schedule last week by traveling to Ithaca on Monday, April 22 for a Ridge & Valley Conference game with the host Bulldogs pulling out a 4-1 victory.

Addison Davidson (2-for-4 with one run scored) and Kylie Stluka (1-for-4 with one RBI) paced the Royals offense while Brittany Heisz and Brigid Hall each had added a base hit.

Hall took the loss on the mound, allowing four runs on five hits and two walks in six innings.

Seneca returned home the following night to face the Boscobel Bulldogs. The Royals jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead thanks to two runs in the first inning. Boscobel would get on the scoreboard in the third inning with three runs to take a lead they would not surrender. The visitors added two runs in the fifth to make the score 5-2. The Royals rallied for a run in the seventh inning but were not able to get any closer. Davidson (2-for-4 with one run scored) once again led the Royals hitting. Hall took the loss on the mound (five runs on six hits and four walks) despite striking out 13.

The Royals ended the week on Saturday by traveling to Cobb for the Iowa-Grant tournament.

First up for the Royals was the host Panthers who handed Seneca a 9-1 setback in five innings due to time constraints. The Panthers scored four runs in both the first and the second innings to take a 8-0 lead before adding a run in the fourth to extend their lead. The Royals scored a run in the fifth for the final score of 9-1. Leading hitters for the Royals were Camryn Lenzendorf (1-for-2 with a double and one RBI), Raya Wallin (1-for-2 with one run scored) and Karsyn Thoma (1-for-2). Hall took the loss on the mound (nine runs on nine hits and four walks with seven strikeouts in four innings pitched).

In the Royals final game of the day and week, they took on the Hillsboro Tigers. The Tigers jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the first inning before Seneca responded with two runs of their own in their half of the inning.

Hillsboro scored four times in the third inning to take a 5-2 lead. Seneca cut into the deficit by scoring a run in their half of the inning, but Hillsboro added eight runs in the fourth to extend the score to 13-3. Seneca added one more run in the fifth but it was not enough to overcome the Tigers.

Heisz was the leading hitter for the Royals (3-for-3 with a double, two triples and three runs scored) with a very strong performance at the plate. Davidson (1-for-3 with one run scored and two RBIs), Stluka (1-for-2 with one RBI) and Wallin (1-for-2 with one RBI) rounded out the Royals offense. Hall took the loss on the mound.

The Royals dropped to 4-8 overall  and 2-3 in the Ridge & Valley Conference with the four losses.

Next up for Seneca after Monday’s home game against La Farge are trips to Wauzeka on Thursday and Argyle on Friday before hosting Ithaca on Saturday, May 4.

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