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Nemaha Central & Marysville Softball Split to Wrap Up Regular Season
By Mike Smith
Copyright: MSC Sports

The regular season wrapped up on Tuesday for Nemaha Central and Marysville softball as they split a doubleheader in Seneca. The Thunder claimed game one 5-3 and Marysville took game two 13-1. 

Nemaha Central took early control in game one plating two runs in the bottom of the first inning getting an RBI double by Lexi Lueger and RBI single by Mattea Rettele. Rettele inside the circle for Nemaha Central set down the first eight Marysville batters she faced before the Bulldogs got their first base runner. Headed into the fourth Nemaha Central led 3-0 after scoring another run in the third and in the top of the fourth Marysville got their first run off a solo home run by Shelby Downard. The Thunder had an answer scoring two in the bottom of the fourth by capitalizing on a pair of Bulldog errors and led 5-1. Four walks and an error in the top of the fifth got Marysville two runs and made it a two-run contest and we headed into the seventh inning that way. Marysville led the top of the seventh inning off with a walk and single and got both runners in scoring position with no outs, but the Thunder corralled a pair of foul outs for the first two outs of the inning. Downard was then intentional walked to load the bases with two-outs and a ground ball from the next batter finished the game for Nemaha Central with a 5-3 win. 

Rettele earned the win in the circle for the Thunder tossing seven innings giving up three runs on four hits, six walks and struck out two. Lueger led the offense with a 1-2 showing with a walk, double and two RBI's. Ainsley Nordhus, Holly Beenblossom, Rettele, Taylor Allen and Makayla Sloop all had a hit also for Nemaha Central. 

In the loss Marysville had a 2-4 performance by Macy Roever, while Downard tossed all seven innings and took the loss in the circle but did record seven strikeouts. 

Game two was an entirely different ballgame as Marysville took early control and using two big innings to secure the split. Using three hits, three errors and two walks Marysville batted around in the top of the first inning and scored six runs with an RBI triple by Holly Holthaus highlighting the inning. The Thunder looking to answer in the bottom of the first got a leadoff single by Mackenize Nordhus and she came into score in the inning but ultimately Nemaha Central left the bases loaded to end the first and it was a 6-1 Marysville lead. Marysville broke the game wide open in the top of the third by once again batting around and this time scoring seven runs capitalizing on multiple walks and errors and three walks occurred with the bases loaded to bring in runs making it 13-1. The Thunder's best scoring threat the rest of the contest came in the bottom of the fourth but two runners were stranded and Marysville ultimately won the game 13-1 in five innings. 

Marysville had Downard in the circle again and she earned the win going five innings giving up one run on two hits and four walks, while striking out six. Roever led the offense with a 2-3 contest with two runs scored, a walk and reached on an error. Isabelle Rose, Alex Denner and Sierra Becker all scored two runs for the Bulldogs. 

Nemaha Central in the loss got hits from Amanda Stallbaumer and MacKenize Nordhus, while Taylor Korte drew two walks and tossed four and two-thirds innings of the game. 

The split caps the season for both teams as Marysville heads into postseason play with a 6-14 record and Nemaha Central moves to 9-11 on the year. Both teams will compete in Regionals early next week as Nemaha Central will compete at the 3A Regional in Sabetha and Marysville will compete in the 4A-DII Regional at Chapman. 

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