WNCC softball drops four games to Otero over the weekend

WNCC softball drops four games to Otero over the weekend
(WNCC Sports Information)
April 19th, 2021 | WNCC Sports Information

LAJUNTA, Colo. – The Western Nebraska Community College softball team had some bad breaks in games with Otero Junior College on Saturday and Sunday, dropping all four games.

The losses, though, weren’t without some exciting action. On Saturday, the Cougars gave up four early runs in the first game and then stayed even with the Rattlers the rest of the to fall 6-2. The second game Saturday saw the Rattlers earn the 16-4 win.

Sunday’s games were just as disheartening. The first game saw Lexi Butterfield blast a grand slam, but Otero got four, seventh-inning runs for the 10-8 win. The second game saw Otero earn the 16-3 win in five innings.

WNCC will be back in action this weekend when they finally get a home contest as they entertain McCook Community College on Saturday and Sunday.

The first game was a dandy. Otero scored first, but WNCC came back with two in the fourth to tie the game at 2-2 on three hits. Lexi Butterfield started the offense with a double and scored on a Erin Hanafin triple. Hanafin scored on a Bailey Blanchard single.

After Otero scored two in the bottom of the fourth, WNCC took an 8-4 lead with two in the fifth and four in the sixth. The fifth saw Bella Coffman smack a 2-run home run to knot the score.

The sixth saw the Cougars score four runs all with two outs. Emma Schweitzer started things by getting a walk followed by Mackenzie Bakel getting plunked by a pitch. WNCC loaded the based when Coffman reached on an error. That brought Butterfield up to the plate and the freshman cleared the bases with a grand slam for the 8-4 lead.

WNCC couldn’t hold the lead as Otero scored two in the sixth and four in the seventh for the win.

WNCC had eight hits in the contest. Butterfield led the way with three hits and was a triple away from hitting for the cycle. Butterfield had four RBIs and two runs scored with her double and home run. Coffman had a home run with two RBIs, while Hanafin had triple. Doubles came from Butterfield and Schweitzer.

The second game on Sunday saw the Cougars score two runs in the first inning as Butterfield blasted a 2-run, 2-out home run. WNCC also scored a run in the third as Briana Henson singled home Bakel.

Otero came back to score four in the second and two in the third for a 6-3 lead. The Rattlers put the game away with nine in the fourth.

WNCC had eight hits in the contest. Butterfield had two of the eight hits, including another home run with two RBIs. Henson also had two singles with an RBI.

Saturday’s first game was another heartbreaker as the Cougars spotted the Rattlers four runs after the first two innings and then stayed even with the Rattlers. After the early 4-0 Otero lead, WNCC sliced the lead in half in the fourth as Coffman delivered a 2-run shot over the centerfield fence.

WNCC managed sic hits in the contest with two extra base hits. Schweitzer had a double while Coffman had a home runs with two RBIs.

The second game Saturday saw Otero open up a 10-0 lead after two innings. WNCC came back to score single runs in the third and fourth inning and then two in the fifth to cut the deficit to 10-4.

The third saw Schweitzer lead off with a double and score on a 2-out single by Butterfield.

The next inning, Schweitzer had a 2-out double to score Chloe Cronquist to cut the lead to 10-2.

The fifth inning saw WNCC score twice as Bakel singled followed by a Coffman double. Bakel scored on a Butterfield sacrifice fly and then Coffman scored on a Hanafin grounder.

WNCC had 10 hits in the defeat. Schweitzer, Coffman, and Butterfield all had two hits. Schweitzer had two doubles with a run scored and RBI. Coffman had a double with a run scored, while Butterfield had two singles and two RBIs. Hanafin had a triple with a RBI.

Sunday’s Action

Game 1

WNCC                   000 224 0 – 8 8 4

Otero                    200 202 4 – 10 11 2

LP – Lexi Butterfield.

2B – Lexi Butterfield, Emma Schweitzer.

3B – Erin Hanafin.

HR – Bella Coffman, Lexi Butterfield.

Game 2

WNCC                   201 00 – 3 8 1

Otero                    042 9x – 16 15 0

LP – Chayden Chong.

HR – Lexi Butterfield.

Saturday’s Action

Game 1

WNCC                   000 200 0 – 2 6 0

Otero                    310 200 x – 6 8 3

LP – Lexi Butterfield.

2B – Emma Schweitzer.

HR – Bella Coffman.

Game 2

WNCC                   001 12 – 4 10 5

Otero                    280 6x – 16 14 0

LP – Chayden Chong.

2B – Bella Coffman, Emma Schweitzer.

3B – Erin Hanafin.

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