Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan began softball action last week with a pair of victories on Monday, September 21. The Panthers defeated St. Paul 9-1 and David City/East Butler 9-8. FC/E-M conducted a “Pink Out” for the contests played in Geneva.
The game against the Wildcats was scoreless until the fourth inning when the Panthers would push one run across. The home team added three runs in the bottom of the fifth and tacked on five more in the bottom of sixth. St. Paul scored its lone run in the sixth inning.
Marissa Nun earned the victory on the hill for FC/E-M, while Sydney Schelkopf finished the contest in relief. Josie Kresak went 2-for-3 from the dish with two runs scored and two more batted in for the winners. Alexis Schmidt drove in two runs on a 2-for-4 effort for the game and Alexis Uldrich pounded in a run in the victory.
“Marissa Nun pitched and competed well for five-plus innings, we started slowly offensively and our pitching and defense kept us in the game,” Panther skipper Aaron Lauby said. “It was one of our cleaner defensive efforts. Josie Kresak had a huge hit in the later innings to really open it up.”
FC/E-M upped its season mark to 5-14 with a come-from-behind victory over DC/EB. After trailing 6-3, the Panthers scored two runs in the fourth inning and four more in the fifth to secure the win.
Schelkopf earned the win on the mound and also had a stellar game at the plate—going 3-for-3 and scoring three runs. Nun drove in two runs and smacked a triple against DC/E-B on a similar 3-for-3 effort. Schmidt went 3-for-4 at the plate and scored and drove in a run for the victors. Brandi Simacek had a hit in the win and scored a run along with adding an RBI.
“A really big win coming from behind and scoring four runs in the last inning to win,” Lauby said. “Kelsey Bigelow had the game winning hit but we competed like crazy to set the stage for that hit. Marissa Nun, Ellie Hayes, Brandi Simacek, and others had crucial hits. We didn’t have our best game but I was proud of how we didn’t panic and kept competing until the last out and my philosophy when behind is to simplify the task by getting the tying run to the plate and then that puts all the pressure on the defense. We were able to come through tonight and hope to continue to do so as Conference and District tournaments are on the horizon.”
Last Tuesday, the Panthers were defeated by Polk County 13-4 on the road.
Schelkopf went 2-for-3 at the plate and scored two runs for the Panthers. Kresak was 1-for-3 with a run scored and Schmidt was also 1-for-3 with a run scored. Hayes also cracked a hit for FC/E-M.
Aracely Martinez and Nun both worked on the hill for the Panthers.
“I knew we would have to score frequently in the game, we started off well but could not maintain it,” Lauby said. “Polk County did a nice job on the bases and putting constant pressure on our defense, we sustained for awhile but couldn’t get out enough innings with limited damage. Credit to them.”
FC/E-M fell to rival Friend 8-0 on Thursday afternoon. H. Lawver struck out 10 Panthers for the Bulldogs. Schelkopf went the distance for the visitors. Schelkopf went 2-for-3 at the dish on September 24. Schmidt finished 1-for-3 at the plate and Uldrich went 1-for-2 for FC/E-M.
“We did not play well as a team,” Lauby said. “We have a few players playing at a really high level but not getting enough consistent solid play from top to bottom in our line-up. A lot of learning going on not just for this season but for what we need to do in the summer before next season to get more players ready to play at this level of competition.”