It was a well-fought game in the Wednesday opener of a softball double-header between the Skyline Eagles and the Lincoln Railsplitters.
It remained scoreless through four-and-a-half innings and both pitchers were locked in a duel. But, in the bottom of the fifth, Lincoln posted their only hit and scored on a passed ball at the plate.
The game ended 1-0, with Jenna Gould, the Railsplitter’s ace, keeping the Eagles’ bats silent.
Skyline’s Mayah Alam looked commanding in the circle, striking out five. Her control of the zone was impeccable and her wicked change-up left batter’s confused.
On the offensive side, the Eagles were shy at the plate with 12 strikeouts, five of which were “looking.” The umpire loved the high-outside corner and Gould wasn’t afraid to throw it there.
The Eagles did manage four hits – two from short-stop Madie Czjaka, one from Nyeli Kratz (3B) and one from Madison Westhoven (LF).
Defensively, Skyline played fundamentally sound with just one error.
In the nightcap, the Railsplitters woke their bats up and dominated at the plate with 12 hits in a 13-3 victory over the Eagles.
Skyline put more into play offensively too, just not to the same degree.
Second-baseman Gabby Toth led the team with two hits, two runs scored and a stolen base. Kratz had two hits as well and a run scored, and Czjaka and Megan Rood (CF) each contributed one hit.
Senior catcher Amelia Greco laid down the perfect suicide-squeeze bunt to score Czjaka and nab an RBI in the fifth. Skyline’s other two runs were scored on errors – one on a dropped infield fly and the other on an overthrow to first base.
Alam and Westhoven split time on the mound, striking out three each.
Photos by Twila Tardif