Placzek no-hits Gering in district opener
team to play
for B-6 title
SCOTTSBLUFF -- The McCook High School Bison softball team, ranked No. 3 in Class B, opened Class B-6 district play Thursday at Scottsbluff with a 12-0 win over Gering in a three-inning run-rule contest.
The Bison, now 24-3, defeated Chadron 14-0 in their second game and advanced to the district championship game.
McCook is aiming for its eight consecutive district title and eight straight trip to the Class B state tournament in Omaha.
Taryn Placzek pitched a no-hitter for the three innings against Gering and struck out 4.
Placzek pitched to 12 batters in the 3 innings as the Bison defenses showed a little district nervousness by allowing 3 runners to reach base on errors.
The Bison offense took full advantage of Gering's misplays as they scored 4 times in the 2nd inning and 8 times in the 3rd inning. Marissa Wallace and Ashley Carfield had base hits in the 2nd inning and Kirstie Hiatt, Wallace, Danae McCorkle and Carfield each scored.
The 3rd inning saw the Bison pick up 7 hits. Austin Wilson and Michelle McKenna led off the inning with singles. After 2 walks, McCorkle hit a double and the Bison scored Wilson, Sarah Craw, running for McKenna and Kirstie Hiatt.
After one out was recorded, Kali Lyons had an infield hit and Hailee Koetter, batting for Jessica Einspahr, hit into a fielder's choice as the bases were full. Cody Korus singled to score McCorkle.
Austin Wilson then picked up her 2nd hit of the inning and Lyons and Koetter scored. McKenna then picked up her 2nd hit of the inning and Wilson score to end the game on the 12-run rule.
The second game of the day pitted the Bison against Chadron, who beat Scottsbluff earlier in the day. The Bison pounded out 17 hits in 6 innings and scored 14 times to win their second game by the run rule.
The hitting was led by Danae McCorkle with 3 hits, a triple and 2 doubles. Marissa Wallace also had 3 singles. Cody Korus, Austin Wilson and Ashley Carfield chipped in with 2 hits a piece. Bailey Lauer, pinch hitting for Korus, added a triple in the 6th inning which drove in 3 runs.
Kirstie Hiatt picked up the win allowing 2 hits while striking out 5.
"These two wins were big for us because with our overall pitching, it will be hard for anyone who comes out of the losers' bracket to beat us twice," said McCook coach Dale Lortz. "We don't expect to lose the first one tomorrow, but it is just nice to know that we are in charge of our own destiny."
Five of the six games played Thursday were blowout shutouts. Gering defeated Alliance 10-0, Chadron defeated Scottsbluff 7-0 and Scottsbluff defeated Alliance 10-0.
The only close game was Scottsbluff's 3-2 win over Gering in eight innings in the late game.
McCook will play in the championship game at 12:30 p.m. Friday against the Chadron-Scottsbluff winner. The Chadron-Scottsbluff game started at 10 a.m.
Should McCook lose, a second title game will be played at 3 p.m.
Class C-6 district
GOTHENBURG -- The Chase County-Imperial Longhorns shut out the Southern Valley Eagles 13-0 Thursday night in a consolation game at the Class C-6 district softball tournament at Gothenburg.
The Longhorns played the host Swedes at 10 a.m. The winner advanced to play Blue Hill at noon.
The winner of the noon game played Adams Central in the championship at 2 p.m.
In first-round games, Adams Central defeated Southern Valley 6-5, Blue Hill edged Chase County 3-2 and Adams Central defeated Gothenburg 6-5.
In a late night game, Adams Central defeated Blue Hill 5-4.