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Panthers 2-2 At C-4 Districts

Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan downed Central City and Polk County in Thursday play at the C-4 District Softball Tournament in Central City.  The 12-21 Panthers also lost to  top-seeded Hastings St. Cecilia on October 4 and were eventually eliminated by Twin River on Friday.  Second-seeded SNC champion Centennial ultimately won the district.
The Panthers started district play with a 14-13 win over Central City.  FC/E-M erupted for 11 runs in the third inning to get past the hard-hitting Bison.  Panther lead-off hitter Josie Kresak scored four times in the victory and also smacked a triple and a home run. Kayla Geiger, Caitlin Murphy (2-for-2), Georgia Meyer (double) and Destiny McCaul all scored twice for FC/E-M. Kalisha Gergen went 2-for-3 at the dish and Sydney Simacek and Kelsi Gaston both smacked hits.  Jacy Schlueter picked up the win on the hill.
“It was a cold morning game and there were a lot of runs scored," Panther coach Aaron Lauby said.  "We were able to hold on for a one run win.  Proud of how the girls competed all game.”
Next up, FC/E-M fell to Hastings St. Cecilia 11-5 in the rain and mist. The semi-final game was 4-3 Hawkettes after two innings.  HSC (22-10) added at least two runs per inning from there, while the Panther offense stalled. FC/E-M hit the ball well, as Kresak, Geiger, Murphy, Gergen and Simacek (triple) all thumped hits in the contest.
“We gave them a hard fought competitive game," Lauby said.  "They handled us pretty well the first time we played them earlier in the season and our girls adjusted and really came at them to start the game.  It was a full seven inning game that we made them earn, we just had a few too many defensive mistakes that cost us.”
The Panthers kept their post-season hopes alive with a 15-7 win over Polk County.  Kresak pounded two home runs in the contest and scored four runs.  Schlueter scored three runs in the game and went 3-for-4 from the plate including a double.  Geiger (triple), Gergen (2-for-4, double) and Simacek (2-for-4) both scored twice.  Murphy and McCaul both scored a run as well.  Gaston smacked a double in the win. Schlueter struck out six and allowed only seven hits in the winning effort on the mound for FC/E-M.
“We came out hitting and didn’t let up for the entire game.  Josie Kresak hit a first pitch lead off home run to start the game and that set the tone for the entire game.  Every girl in the lineup hit well.”