HASTINGS — Omaha Skutt Catholic, the defending Class B 2011 State Champion, had its back to the wall, facing the York Dukes in an elimination game on Thursday.
York and Skutt both had one loss on their resume at state and one team would be hanging up the softball gear for the season.
The Skyhawks, behind the pitching of University of Nebraska recruit Kaylan Jablonski, blanked the Dukes 7-0 and closed out York’s most successful softball season in history with a 28-5 record.
Jablonski, only a junior, struck out 10 York batters and only allowed three hits in picking up the win.
The only hits for the York girls came from Hannah Riley, Jordyn Stearns and Nicole Belfiore.
The two teams were scoreless through two innings, but the Skyhawks plated five runs on five hits in the third and that was all Jablonski needed. She even added to the scoring when she homered in the Skutt fourth.
York starter Taylor Kadavy allowed 12 hits and struck out one Skutt batter.
The Dukes never had a runner in scoring position the entire game.
York head coach Danyel Seevers said the team did not play up to its own expectations Wednesday and Thursday.
“We didn’t play up to our capabilities the last two days and the girls know that. We are disappointed in the way the season ended and that it is over,”
stated Seevers. “This group of kids did great things this year and that’s what I want them to remember and be proud of. I couldn’t have asked for a better unified group to compete hard to reach our goals with great class and it has been a privilege to coach them. The parents, school, and community have been great and we can’t thank them enough for the support and enthusiasm that they have brought to our season and trip to state.”
York graduates four seniors as Belfiore, Marti Hitz, Sarah Miller and Breanna Rahder will all move on.
The News-Times will feature a season wrap up article in the upcoming weeks.