Cougars rebound to defeat Freeman

Cross County/High Plains third baseman Makenna Sempek (2) makes the stop on a low throw to third base as Raymond Central’s Courtney Potter (7) slides safely. Potter would later score the first run of the game and the Mustangs went on to the 8-0 win over the Cougars in Lincoln at the Freeman Invite on Saturday.


LINCOLN – The Raymond Central Mustangs came into the Freeman Invite on Saturday at Doris Bair Fields in Lincoln against Cross County/High Plains with a game under its belt, and it showed.

The Cougars could not mount any kind of offense against the Mustangs, who knocked off Class C No. 2 Wahoo 4-3 on Thursday night, and fell to the Mustangs in five innings by the final score of 8-0.

The offense woke up in game two scoring seven runs, but lost 8-7 to Lakeview and in the tournament finale, the Cougars came from behind to defeat the host Freeman Falcons by the final score of 7-6.

CC/HP head coach Mallory Berggren was happy as the team was able to get at least one win on Saturday. “Great come from behind win,” Berggren said. “The team had some awesome defensive plays this weekend and they had a lot of moments of greatness.”

In the Cougar win, Brooke Kleinschmit led the eight-hit attack with a 2-3 effort, while Emily Larson was 1-3 with an RBI. Jenny Wright was 1-2 and drove in a pair of runs, while Jami Ostberg, Destiny Williams, Makenna Sempek and Naomi Kerwood all had hits in the win.

Freeman led 3-0 in the top of the first, but a Williams sacrifice fly got the Cougars on the board in the bottom of the frame.

In the fifth it was Sempek's two-run double that put CC/HP on top to stay.

The season opener saw the Mustangs crack two home runs, meanwhile the Cougars' only two hits were charted to Ostberg and Williams.

Both Wright and Amber Scherer spent time on the mound, with Wright taking the loss.

In the win, the Mustangs got home runs from Cassie Vasa and Sarah Wehland in a nine hit attack.

Lakeview snatched the win from the Cougars in their next game.

CC/HP led by five in the fourth inning, but Lakeview mounted a furious charge and picked up the 8-7 win.

Lakeview's Jade Higgins and Rylee Stevenson combined for four hits and four RBIs in the Viking win.

The Vikings scored five times in the fifth to erase the Cougar lead and drop the team to 0-2 on the year.

Cross County out-hit Lakeview 9-7 with Larson, Kleinschmit, Scherer and Ostberg all recording two hits each. Ostberg doubled in both the first and third innings. Scherer swiped three bases in the loss.

Cross County/High Plains (1-2) will host the Central City Bison on Tuesday night in Polk. The Cougars' triangular with Boone Central and Schuyler is also scheduled for Polk on Thursday night, unless the lights at Cross County's softball field are installed in time.

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