'Maids strike late to stop Bison, 8-4

Friday, September 7, 2018

LEXINGTON, Neb. — A six-run Lexington sixth inning spoiled McCook’s softball road trip as those Minutemaids prevailed 8-4 Thursday evening.

McCook (5-10 record) took a 1-0 lead with junior Trinity Raburn singling and rounding the bases on some Minutemaid miscues.

Graci Nelson put down a good bunt which moved Raburn into scoring position.

The Bison margin tripled to 3-0 during their fourth inning.

Kaylin Martin singled, reached second on Brolin Morgan’s bunt then motored home thanks to an Emma Kehler RBI-hit.

McCook eventually loaded the bases even though Kehler was forced out.

Raburn reached safely again in front of Nelson and senior Laurel Schmidt both belting base hits.

A bases-loaded walk to junior Ashley Miller sent Raburn across home again.

The Bison still held a 3-2 lead until Lex’s game-changing sixth inning.

Following a walk and single, Klair Fagot’s crushing three-run homer turned this game around for the Minutemaids.

Ariel Winter promptly doubled and Lex plated three more runs before the frame was finished.

The Bison retaliated with one more run as Martin doubled and Morgan delivered an RBI-single.

However, pitcher Courtney Hanson retired the final two batters for Lex’s fourth win in 14 games this season.

McCook fell short despite 10 hits to Lex’s nine. Morgan, Martin and Kehler each tallied two. Junior Kori Uerling pitched all six innings, striking out eight with four walks.

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