Softball: Panthers get things done in 7-run first inning
The Ellsworth Panthers only acquired four hits in their Monday, April 15, game against Osceola, but their quiet activity at the plate was enough to get things done against the Chieftains.
The Panthers (5-0 overall, 3-0 Middle Border Conference) claimed a 7-1 Middle Border Conference win over Osceola (2-4, 1-2) after racking up all of their seven runs in the bottom of the first inning. After striking out Osceola's first three batters in order, Avery O'Neil got the Panthers' first-inning run started with a single, and Brianna Giese and Claire Kummer matched their pitchers' effectiveness at the plate. O'Neil and Giese scored on Swanson's single, but the Panthers' offense was far from finished in the half inning.
Brooke Minder brought Kummer and Kaitlyn Nugent home on a single hit to center field, O'Neil recorded an RBI on a sacrifice fly, and Osceola's Skylar Samples walked in two runs before the inning was over.
The Chieftains responded by scoring on a wild pitch in the top of the second inning but never posed a threat to the Panthers after the first.
O'Neil struck out 13 batters and allowed one run on three hits in her fifth win of the season. Osceola's Samples was from the circle after the Panthers' seven-run first inning and was relieved by Morgan Feldt who held the Panthers hitless for the remainder of the game.
Kummer recorded three RBI on Monday night and was one of four Panthers to record a hit in the first inning of play.
Ellsworth will host undefeated Prescott (4-0, 2-0) at Brown Sport Complex on Tuesday, April 16, at 5 p.m.