Cyclones drop close battle on Senior Night
In the top of the 7th inning in a scoreless ballgame, Council Bluffs eighth grader Hanna Ferguson connected for an RBI double off of Cyclone Senior Jenna Gessert, putting her team up 1-0 en route to a 2-0 victory.
“She [Gessert] really hit her spots hard,” said Cyclones Head Coach Brandi Eckles. “She was doing a fantastic job and they just ended up getting some hits in the gaps that we didn’t get.”
Before the game, Gessert, Abbie Schechinger, Ella Plagman and Ellie Ineson got honored during Senior Night in their final season of Cyclone softball as they entered the field with their parents.
“These girls are the reason why I’m here,” Eckles said. “They’re special girls aside from softball and they’re going to do amazing and great things in their life and I’m just glad that I get to be a small part of the amazing young women that they’re turning out to be.”
Throughout the game, the Cyclones couldn’t get their bats going as they could only muster up three hits; two from Suzy Kenkel and one from Ella Plagman.
Council Bluffs had seven hits including two each from Ferguson, Izzy Miller and Holly Hansen. Allison King also had a hit from them.
Hansen got the ball for the Lynx, going the distance with five strikeouts, giving up three hits and surrendering just one walk. Gessert battled with her going the distance as well, striking out three, but she gave up the big hit to Ferguson in the 7th which cost her the game.
With this loss, the Cyclones fall to 2-21 on the season. They will head out on the road Thursday against the 15-14 Atlantic Trojans. The Trojans are coming off a big win in which they beat the Kuemper Catholic Knights 14-2 on the road.
The Trojans are led by Ava Rush with 36 hits, batting .396 with 27 runs scored. In pitching, Riley Wood has nine wins with 78 strikeouts and a 2.31 earned run average.
“Every single day that we come out to play is a good day and we just want to keep pounding away and getting at it,” Eckles said.