Mustangs’ softball season comes to an end in Boyden

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BOYDEN-George-Little Rock/Central Lyon knew it had nothing to lose and a lot to gain in a Class 3A Region 2 softball tournament game with second-ranked Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley Wednesday, July 5. With that, the Mustangs gave all they could give, but still fell short in a 10-2 decision.

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon was the home team for this game after a pregame coin toss. The game went scoreless the first two innings before the Nighthawks got on the board with three runs in the top of the third, with only one of the three runs being earned.

The Mustangs countered with a single run in the bottom half off a one-runsingle by Ashley Boer. But Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley soon pulled away with three runs in the top of the fourth, one in the top of the fifth, one in the top of the sixth and two in the top of the seventh. The final run for George-Little Rock/Central Lyon was scored in the bottom of the seventh off a solo home run by Elyse Pedersen to account for the final score.

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon coach Jeff Jager simply tipped his cap to the Nighthawks for being the better team.

“We played all right. We played seven innings, seven hard innings, and that’s all I can ask for. That’s what we talked about at the beginning of the game,” Jager said. “I told them (the girls) to give me everything that you’ve got and we’ll worry about the score at the end of the game. I just wanted it to be one of our best games, I wanted them to go out and have no regrets and I felt like they did that. Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley is just a very good team.”

The final offensive numbers for George-Little Rock/Central Lyon had Boer with one hit and one RBI. Pedersen had one hit, one run and one RBI off her solo home run. Makayla Witt had the final two hits with a double and a run scored.

“We had 12 strikeouts, which is a lot of strikeouts, but it’s also a very good pitcher we’re facing again. I felt like we had good approaches and good swings at her. But her ball moves. She had some (pitches) that rise and some that drop. She had a good changeup and she’s simply tough to hit. But our girls went up there with confidence and did the best they could,” Jager said.

Greta Ackerman was in the pitcher’s circle and threw all seven innings with 10 hits, 10 runs of which seven were earned, four walks and no strikeouts.

“They’re (Boyden-Hull/Rock Valley) good one through nine. They’re good and that’s why they’re ranked second in the state (in Class 3A),” Jager said. “We knew that going in. Greta did a nice job hitting her spots. We had a few errors, but we made a lot of the plays too.”

The Mustangs ended the 2017 season with a 10-16 record overall and a 4-10 record in the Siouxland Conference.

“I thought there were moments where we played really, really good. I see a bright future, but it’s going to take some work. We’ll need to do some work in the offseason, but I’m proud of the girls for what they accomplished and I always am. It’s a great group of girls and I hope this can continue to build,” Jager said.

George-Little Rock/Central Lyon loses four seniors, Becca Roskam, Carly Snyder, Ashley Boer and Ackerman, but Jager noted they all will have a lasting impact on the Mustang softball program.

“I want to thank the seniors for sticking it out for all four years. They did a great job and they are what this program is about,” Jager said. “For the underclassmen, they know what they have to do now and, hopefully, we can flop this record around next year. Instead of being 10-16 let’s shoot to be 16-10 and try to improve every time we get together.”

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