NORFOLK, Neb – The Northeast Community College softball team fell in Game 1 of a doubleheader on Sunday, 11-2, but managed to take the final game of the afternoon, 4-2 against Southwestern Community College at Ta-Ha-Zouka Park in Norfolk.
In the opener, the Hawks (8-16, 2-10 ICCAC) had no answers for the Spartans as they raced out to a 9-0 lead after three innings. The Hawks managed to get on the scoreboard when Alondra Martinez (Grand Island, Neb.) hit a two-RBI single. Martinez finished with two hits and two RBI. Greta Lindberg (Tekamah, Neb.) took the loss, tossing two innings, while allowing four earned runs off seven hits. She also walked two batters.
Down by two runs until the fourth inning, the Hawks managed to plate four runs and hold the lead for the remainder of the contest. Taylor Nicolay (Nebraska City, Neb.) hit a two-RBI single that gave the Hawks momentum down the stretch. Kierra Stewart (Dodge, Neb.) tossed a complete game, allowing only two earned runs off six hits. She walked five batters and struck out three.
The Hawks travel to square off with Ellsworth Community College for a doubleheader starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday in Iowa Falls, Iowa.