The third seed Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Lady Cardinal softball team ventured to Albion Thursday afternoon to play their first round game in the SIJHSAA Class M Regional Tournament. The Lady Cardinals were set to take on second seed Rome in their first round action with the winner earning the berth into the championship game against top seed Fairfield Monday afternoon at 4:30 pm.
The NCOE Lady Cardinal softball team played their final home game Friday afternoon against West Salem and celebrated their 8th Grade Recognition in fine fashion as they disposed of the guests by the final score of 12-2.
The NCOE Junior Cardinal baseball team was playing their final regular season game on Friday afternoon against West Salem. The Junior Cardinals decided their winless streak needed to come to an end as they headed into the final inning of play trailing 8-5. At this time the Jr. Cardinal bats came alive as they erupted for four seventh inning runs to claim their first victory of the season by the final score of 9-8.
Tuesday afternoon found the NCOE Lady Cardinal softball team hitting the road for their final Little Greater Egyptian Conference game when the ventured to Galatia to take on the Lady Bearcats. NCOE had a slow start on the offensive end but came alive to run away with the contest by the final score of 11-0.
Monday afternoon started a busy week of softball for NCOE when they played host to the Gallatin County Lady Hawks. NCOE surrendered a run in the first inning but that would be all they would allow as they held the Lady Hawks scoreless in the next four innings to walk away with the short game 11-1 victory.
The Norris City-Omaha-Enfield Junior High baseball team played their only game of the week Tuesday afternoon when they welcomed the Carrier Mills Wildcats to town. This game did not get off to the start that NCOE had hoped when the Wildcats jumped out to the early 2-0 lead. This lead would swell each inning for Carrier Mills as they would manage to push runs across in each inning until the fifth inning when the Jr.Cards would hold the Wildcats scoreless. This, however, did not change the outcome as the Wildcat pitching would dominate from start to finish and hold NCOE scoreless the entire game as they handed the Jr.Cards the 11-0 loss.
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Junior Lady Cards Drop First Tourney Game to Eventual Champs
Saturday morning found the NCOE Lady Cardinal softball team traveling to Fairfield to take part in the Lady Colts 12 team tournament. NCOE was placed in the White Pool where they were set to play Jasper County-Newton, Cisne, and Jasper-Geff. First for NCOE would be Jasper County-Newton. Unaware of what this team was like, it did not take NCOE long to find that their first game would be against the eventual tournament champions. Although the Lady Cardinals battled hard, the much larger and stronger Newton team proved to be too much for NCOE as they fell by the final score of 14-3.
Facing their third game in as many days, the Lady Cardinal softball team was hoping to collect yet another conference victory when they ventured to Hardin County Thursday afternoon. This contest was a pitcher's duel as neither team could score a run through the first two innings of play. This scoreless streak would be broken in the third inning when the Lady Cardinals broke through for three runs to claim the 3-0 lead. They would add one run in the top of the fourth inning to extend their advantage to 4-0 but Hardin County would push their first run across the plate in the bottom of the fourth inning to narrow the NCOE lead to just three runs. The Lady Cardinals would manage to score one more run in the sixth inning along with four more in the top of the seventh while holding the Lady Cougars scoreless the remainder of the way to walk away with the 9-1 victory.
Trinity Boyd, Mercedes Hise, Mallory Hobbs, Mallory Fulkerson, Sydnee Sauls, and Elise Hortin each collected one hit in the game to lead the NCOE offense. Hise led the RBI column with three followed by Avery Black, Sauls, and Lauren Poole with one each. Those crossing the plate for the 7-2 Lady Cardinals were Trinity Boyd (2), Mercedes Hise (2), Carmyn Daugherty (1), Mallory Hobbs (1), Mallory Fulkerson (1), and Lauren Poole (1).
Starting pitcher, Mercedes Hise, went the distance for NCOE in the circle allowing one run on just one hit while collecting 14 strikeouts.
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 Runs Hits Errors
NCOE 0 0 3 1 0 1 4 9 6 0
H.C. 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 3