NJC rides early momentum to sweep Knights
The North Platte Community College softball team fell in both games of Friday’s doubleheader against Northeastern Junior College. The Knights fell behind early in the opening game and struggled to bounce back as they lost 10-7 and 14-1 Friday evening.
NJC took advantage of some early Knight pitching that struggled to find the strike zone and jumped out to a five-run lead in the first inning. After the slow start, NPCC’s bats came alive late as the Knights scored three runs in the sixth and seventh inning. But the late rally fell short and NJC held on for the three-run win.
The Knights were led by Domonique Contreras, of Brighton, Co., who finished one for four from the plate with three RBI. Taylar Coleman, of North Platte and Marianne Mata, of Rialto, Ca., both finished the game two for four with two RBI. As a team, the Knights finished with ten hits while NJC finished with 12 hits.
The second game was all NJC as they again led early after scoring one in the first and two in the second. NPCC brought the score to 3-1 in the third but NJC answered with a huge bottom half of the inning as they scored ten runs on six hits. NJC finished the game two innings later with the 13-point win.
NPCC was led by Brittany Bui, of Lakewood, Co., who finished the game two for three and scoring the Knights lone run. From the mound, Coleman and Contreras combined to give up 14 runs on eight hits.
The losses drop NPCC’s record to 4-6 on the season. They return home to face Iowa Western Sunday at Dowhower Softball Complex with games starting at 2:00 PM.
“We started out slow and were never able to change gears and gain the momentum we needed to come out on top,” said NPCC coach Janelle Higgins. “We had moments that we played fundamentally sound, but we had to many routine errors that we couldn’t bounce back from. We will have to clean the slate, work hard tomorrow and be ready to bounce back against Iowa Western Community College on Sunday.”