NORTH PLATTE, NEB. (KNOP)- The North Platte Community College softball team picked up their first two wins of the season Saturday afternoon. The Knights defeated Northeast Community College 2-0 and 11-7 at Dowhower Softball Complex in North Platte.
The Knights were led by Taylar Coleman, of North Platte in the opening game as she pitched seven scoreless innings on the way to the 2-0 win. Coleman’s dominating performance was nearly perfect as she struck out 13 while giving up just one hit and one walk.
Offensively, NPCC was led by Alea Binkly, of Council Bluffs, IA., who finished the game two for three with a solo homerun in the bottom of the sixth inning. Sienna Pfaff, of Salem, UT., and Marianne Mata, of Rialto, CA., also finished the game two for three from the plate. Pfaff knocked in a run in the fourth inning to break a scoreless tie and put the Knights on top for good.
In the second game of the doubleheader, NPCC fell behind early and saw themselves facing a 7-0 deficit heading into the bottom of the third inning. But the momentum turned when Kayleigh Bucio, of Rialto, CA., smashed a three-run homerun to put the Knights on the board. NPCC added three more runs in the inning and trailed by just one heading into the fourth inning.
The Knights added three more runs in the fourth inning, including a two-run homerun by Taylor Coleman. Coleman kept the scoring going in the sixth inning with her second two-run homerun of the game to put the Knights up 11-7.
Coleman led the team, going three for four with five runs batted in and two homeruns. Kayleigh Bucio finished the game two for four with three runs batted in and a homerun.
From the mound, Coleman picked up with win in relief after pitching five and a third innings with four strikeouts and one earned run.
“It was great to see Coleman command the zone after last weekend. We really focused this week with pitchers on hitting spots and ball movement and it helped,” said head coach Janelle Higgins. “A game can change with a swing of a bat if you have runners on base and that’s exactly what happened in game two. We could have just rolled over being down 7 but we fought and that’s great to see early in the year. Momentum is huge and the circus play gave us a huge boost and we never looked back.”
The Knights move to two and four on the season and faceoff against Northeast CC again Sunday in a doubleheader scheduled for 12 PM and 2 PM.