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July 12, 2013

Sigourney holds off Montezuma in playoff opener

By ROGER THOMAS

Courier Correspondent.

SIGOURNEY – Facing a team three times in one season is never easy, and Sigourney found out just how tough that could be as they downed Montezuma 6-5 in second-round district softball action, Wednesday in Sigourney. Montezuma rallied for three runs in the top of the seventh to pull within one and had two runners on base, but Jordan Carter recorded her 14th strikeout to end the game.

Sigourney had defeated Montezuma handily in the previous two meetings but their first-round bye gave them a lay-off that almost cost them. The Savages had only five hits in the game and two untimely errors that caused four of the five Bravette runs to be unearned.

“Our lack of hitting came completely out of the blue,” said Sigourney coach Shelly Streigle. “I don’t think nerves entered in, but the anticipation of what we had in front of us might have had us a little over ready after the days off.”

Carter started her 14 strikeout game with two in the top of the first, and the visitors failed to score. Becca Ohland led off the Sigourney first with a single and would come around to score on a Montezuma error.

After Carter struck out the side in the second, the Savages went up 2-0 in the bottom of the inning. Emily Danowsky delivered the run with an RBI groundout.

Montezuma took advantage of the Savage defense to score twice in the third. A fly ball to right off the bat of Katie Muschman fell to the ground between two outfielders for a triple. She would score as another fly ball to the outfield was misplayed. Both runs were unearned.

The Montezuma defense gave up an unearned run for a 3-2 Sigourney lead in the fourth. Karah Appleget reached on an error to open the inning for the Savages, and a poorly executed run down between third and home allowed Appleget to score. Appleget put herself in a position to score by stealing both second and third. The Savages would have nine stolen bases in the game.

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