Peru State loses to Midland – RIVER COUNTRY

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(Peru, Neb.)—On Monday, the Peru State softball team lost to Midland 2-0 in a defensive struggle. The Bobcats drop to 2-1 and Midland goes to 4-3.

It was a quick first inning for the Bobcats as they went down in the 1-2-3 order. Midland started hot with a first single then a double to score the runner up first.

The ‘Cats’ defense bowed after that as it was the only run allowed in the inning. The Warriors scored a run on two hits and left three on base.

Peru State threatened in the second inning as they got base runners from a Jessy Rowland (Pearcy, Ark.) touched by the height, a Carli Kohout (Corland) single and a Jerica German (Corland) walk loading bases early. Unfortunately, the Bobcats were unable to capitalize as the next batters struck out and then found themselves in a double play. The Warriors went 1-2-3 in the bottom of the second inning.

The third inning for the Bobcats was quick as they had no runs on any hits and left no one on base. Midland also had a quick inning as they only recorded one hit in the inning leaving the runner on base.

In the fourth, the Bobcats could only walk one with two outs before a fly ball to right field ended the inning. The Warriors in the fourth threatened as they singled out with one out. Then a pinch runner stole second place putting pressure on the ‘Cats. The threat subsided and no damage was done as the Warriors had no one-hit runs and left one on base.

The bats were quiet all day for the ‘Cats as they climbed back down the order in the top of the fifth. The Warriors started the bottom of the fifth with a brace. Then after a walk, steal and stolen base, Midland again threatened with runners in scoring position. The Bobcats would emerge from a bases-laden traffic jam after a walk, the Warriors relied on a defender’s pick to end the inning.

The Warriors were again left empty-handed with no runs on a hit and left three on base. The Bobcats got a runner on base in the sixth inning on a one-out single by Payton Beckman. (Syracuse) The State of Peru could not capitalize and left Beckmann on base.

The Warriors offense woke up in the sixth, starting with a double. Then a brace later in the set scored a Warrior to make it 2-0. The Warriors threatened again after stealing third base. The Bobcats didn’t give up another run in the inning. The Warriors scored a run on two hits and left one on base.

The Bobcats offense remained stagnant in the final inning as they had no runs on any hits and no one was left on base. They would fall to the Warriors 2-0. The Warriors scored two runs on seven hits and made no mistakes. The Bobcats had no runs on two hits and no errors.

Alana Krieser (Lincoln) pitched six innings, striking out three batters, allowing two runs on seven hits and both runs were earned. She would take the loss on the day.

Beckmann and Kohout led the way in hits with one each.

The Bobcats home opener is this Wednesday, March 2, for a doubleheader against College of Saint Mary. The first pitch is set at 1:00 p.m.

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