Cyclones suffer close loss to Knights

Going into the top of the seventh inning, the HCHS varsity softball team was locked in a scoreless tie with the Kuemper Catholic Knights.

That changed when sophomore Kaylie Diercksen put the Knights up by three with a bases clearing double over the head of junior outfielder Madison Kjergaard who crashed into the fence attempting to make a catch.

“She went hard after the ball and unfortunately wasn’t able to make the catch,” said HCHS Head Softball Coach Toshia Kasperbauer. “She made the effort though. Madison is a tough kiddo.”

The Cyclones rallied a little in the bottom of the seventh, but fell short, 3-2, with the tying run standing on third base.

“We have to get better offensively,” she said. “With bases loaded, no outs, we have to be disciplined at the plate and know that we are going to put the ball in play. We have to continue to work on our mental approach at the plate.”

This marks the third consecutive loss that the Cyclones have suffered. Their record now falls to 4-8. They have a busy week ahead of them as they get ready for their next game against the Atlantic Trojans, 8-4, on the road Tuesday at 5:30 p.m.

“Atlantic had a lot of seniors that graduated last year,” she added. “They have some talented girls that are on the field again this year, so we will have some tough competition. They always have pitchers that are ready to compete at the varsity level and are ready to go, so we are going to have to be confident at the plate.”



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