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SEWARD – The Seward softball team entered the seventh inning with six run lead, needing only three outs to hand York their second loss of the season. But the Dukes saved their best for last. York scored seven runs in the seventh to eventually take a one run lead and win in dramatic fashion, 9-8.
Seward grabbed the first lead with a four run second inning. With two outs, the Bluejays scraped together three hits and took advantage of a York error. Claire Karel belted a single to right field to bring in two runs. Two batters later, Alayna Goldsmith slapped a single to bring in Karel. Lindsay Flesner followed that up with an RBI single.
The Bluejays would add to their, 4-0 lead with another run in the third inning. After a double by Sydney Parra, Camden Peery doubled to deep right-center. The scoring didn’t stop there as Seward would bring in two more runs in the fourth.
York would find the scoreboard in the fourth frame after Meaghan Rowe doubled to start the inning. Freshman Mattie Pohl hit a single up the middle to bring in Rowe.
After Grace Hamling and Goldsmith reached to start the fourth for the Bluejays, Haley Blecha smacked a double to bring in both Bluejays. Seward led, 7-1.
Looking to put the game away, Seward scored in the fifth inning after Hamling doubled to bring in Jordin Battaglia who was pinch running for Parra who reached on a lead off single.
Alexis Linder got York within six in the sixth inning after she singled to left field, driving in Rowe. The Dukes trailed, 8-2 after six.
Down to their final three outs, York’s offense suddenly came alive. The first six batters all reached on base hits or errors by the Seward defense. Bailey Robinson and Abbey Seevers each drove in two runs. Kailyn Martin came off the bench for an RBI single. Two more Dukes would score on errors.
Hannah Norquest pitched a complete game, striking out nine and picking up the win. Seward’s Sydney Parra received the loss after going six innings and allowing five runs.
York is back in action today (Tuesday) as they travel to Hastings. Seward also hits the road for a battle with Class C, Fillmore Central-Exeter-Milligan.