FC/E-M Falls To AC, Milford

To begin softball action last week, Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan was unable to get past Adams Central and Milford in local play.
The 10-12 Panthers fell to the Patriots 4-3 in seven innings.  The contest was tied at 2-2 heading into the top of the fifth inning when FC/E-M speedster Sydney Schelkopf scored her second run of the game for a 3-2 lead.  AC responded in the bottom of the fifth with two runs of its own and both teams were unable to score from there.
“We played will enough defensively to win, Josie Kresak made two spectacular plays in the same inning from center field,” Panther had coach Aaron Lauby said.  “We defended their aggressive base running well, and we were able to create a few runs ourselves.  We just couldn’t quite get over the hump offensively.  We need to score more than three runs if we want to win consistently against good competition.”
Schelkopf went 2-for-3 from the dish in the game.  Kelsey Bigelow, Hannah Horne and Marissa Nun also poked hits for FC/E-M.  Kaitlyn Vavra was tagged for the loss.  Vavra struck out one in the contest, while starting pitcher Jacy Schlueter struck out three Patriots.
On Tuesday, at home, FC/E-M appeared heading to a victory leading Milford 3-2 into the fifth inning.  The Eagles sent 12 players to the plate in the fifth inning—scoring nine runs and ending the contest early by a score of 11-3.
“This game is funny how the momentum and vibe can change so quickly,” Lauby said.  We were cruising up 3-0 into the fourth, and just like that it flipped.  We had a really bad inning that got away from us, and you have to recognize the importance of a situation and anticipate correctly.  We didn’t do that and Milford made us pay, once they got us reeling they didn’t let up.”
Bigelow, Nun, Horne and Alexis Schmidt all smacked hits for the Panthers.  Horne drove in two runs with a third-inning double and was then plated by a Schmidt double.  Schlueter was tagged for the loss on the hill.  The freshman struck out five and allowed five earned runs.
“I’m disappointed in these two games outcomes, but not discouraged,” Lauby said.  “We have adversity to overcome is all and I know these girls will fight like crazy and respond to it the right way.”

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