Pioneers lose 5-inning game to Mercy

FCHS softball team is 8-5 overall


The Omaha Mercy softball team inadvertently stole home plate Tuesday during a 10-0 win at Fort Calhoun.
Thinking her teammate had drawn a bases-loaded walk, a Monarch jogged from third base to home without a Pioneer tagging her. The runner tried to return to her place on third when she realized her mistake, but the umpire wouldn't let her as a run was added to the scoreboard beyond the left field fence.
The unusual turn of events came during a six-run third inning for the road team.
“I think (the Pioneers) found a way to mentally battle through that after that inning,” FCHS coach Mandy Taylor said after her team dropped to 8-5 this season. “But, at the end of the day, if you can't find open spaces to hit the ball, it's hard to get yourself back in it.”
Calhoun finished with just three hits in five innings against Mercy. Kaylee Taylor doubled during the Pioneers' first at-bat of the game, but only Addie Benoit and Sam Brewer added singles from there — both during the bottom of the fifth frame.
“I think all of the girls tonight hit the ball hard,” coach Taylor said. “We just hit it right to them.”
Defensively, FCHS pitchers Tacey Belina and Anna Taylor combined to allow 12 Monarch hits. Belina struck five batters in three innings of work, too, while Taylor struck out two more in two.
“We would have liked to compete a lot better, for sure,” coach Taylor said. “And, you know, on a different day, we could have been more in that and, possibly, gotten them.”
Mercy improved to 7-5 with the run-rule victory, however.
“Every day is different in softball,” Taylor added.
Fort Calhoun was scheduled to host Cass on Thursday and next competes at a Nebraska City tournament on Saturday. The Pioneers were 3-3 in September as of Tuesday.

Omaha Mercy 10, Fort Calhoun 0, 5 inn.
MERCY (7-5) 2 0 6 0 2 — 10
FCHS (8-5) 0 0 0 0 0 — 0

Fort Calhoun Softball


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