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Senior centerfielder Courtney Odens hauls in a fly ball against Southern Valley/Alma.

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Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Shortstop Ella O’Neil chases down a ground ball during the Lady Longhorns’ first game against Southern Valley/Alma Thursday.

Longhorn softball has long trips in store to Scottsbluff, Gering

With five games last week and another five this week, the Chase County softball team is staying busy.
The Lady Longhorns started last week traveling to Holyoke, Colorado Sept. 1.
Though CCS lost both games of the double header, 4-20 and 5-16, it was the Lady Longhorns best offensive output of the season.
Courtney Odens and Sadie Peterson both crossed the plate the first inning after Odens reached on an error and Peterson walked. A single by Morayah Cupp helped move the pair home.
After going three-up-three-down in the second inning, CCS plated two more runs in the third inning when Peterson and Cupp both scored. A single by Ella O’Neil brought the pair around.
Jaiden Hill pitched the opening game, allowing nine hits and five walks. Kayla Chavira gave up two hits in relief.
Ryley Vrbas opened the second game with a single and scored for CCS.
The Lady Longhorn bats cooled off for two innings before adding a run in the third inning when Kathya Aragon scored while running for Chavira.
CCS added two more runs in the fourth inning. Jesusita Ruiz scored while running for Krista Meeske and Vrbas crossed the plate, as well.
Hailey Markee scored while running for Cupp in the fifth inning. Cupp had three hits in the game to lead CCS. Vrbas had two hits and Odens one.
Chavira threw a complete game for the Lady Longhorns, striking out two and walking one.
CCS hosted Southern Valley last Thursday for a double header.
Despite opening the game with an error, the Lady Longhorn defense rebounded and only gave up three runs.
Hill struck out two in the inning. CCS gave up one run in the second and two in the third before the Saints broke the game open in the fourth inning with five runs.
Hill walked six and struck out six in the game.
“We struck out more than I would have liked, but they have a good pitcher with a lot of control,” Coach Denise Smith said.
She added that defensive errors were costly as always.  
“We need to clean up our defensive game to help us stay in ball games,” Smith said. “We

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