Saturday morning would find the #3 seed Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Lady Cardinal softball team loading up on a bus again to make the hour and a half trip to Vergennes to take on the #1 seed Elverado Lady Falcons. Not only would Elverado be the top seed in the IHSA Class 1A Regional, they would also be one of the top ranked teams in the whole state.
Although the Lady Cardinals were well aware of the strength of their opponent, they did not back down one bit. They kicked off the game by leadoff batter, Madyson Barton reaching base via a walk. Unfortunately for the Lady Cardinals she would be stranded as the Lady Falcons promptly retired the next three batters. The bottom of the first inning would find the Lady Cardinals collecting two outs and with one to go the defense would let down allowing the Lady Falcons to plate the first runs of the game to claim the early 3-0 lead. Second inning action would witness the Lady Cardinals being held hitless and scoreless once again and the bottom half was almost a mirror image as the first when the Lady Cardinals would be one out away from ending the inning but the defense would have a miscue and allow their opponent to score four more runs to extend their lead to 7-0. This score would stand until the bottom of the fourth inning when the Elverado bats would come alive and manage to push six runs across the plate stretching their lead to 13-0. NCOE had one more shot to continue the game and it appeared a rally was in tact when Kenlee Cole blasted out a single to left field. At this time the Lady Falcon pitching and defense would take it to another level and collect the final outs to claim the Regional Championship.
Facing, without a doubt, the best pitcher that the Lady Cardinals had come up against this season it was no surprise the normally, explosive offense was stymied. However, Kenlee Cole was able to knock out a base hit to left field to give NCOE their only hit in the game.
Erin Wicker was the lone pitcher for NCOE as she allowed just four earned runs on 10 hits and struck out two in the game.
NCOE closes the 2019 campaign with a 10-8 overall record along with a second place finish in the GEC.