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Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
First baseman Ryley Vrbas makes the catch for an out in the first inning of Chase County’s game against Wray.

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Diane Stamm | Johnson Publications
Jaiden Hill pitched four innings in Chase County’s double header with Wray Thursday.

Season ends for Longhorn softball

A loss at sub-districts Monday ended the season of the Chase County softball team.
The Longhorns crammed a lot into their final week and offensive productivity was a problem.
CCS traveled to McCook Sept. 28 for a double header with the McCook JV squad.
CCS Head Coach Denise Smith mixed her varsity starters in with the JV players for the two games.
Courtney Odens and Ella O’Neil had the only hits for CCS, both coming in the fourth inning. The pair advanced to third and second, respectively, but an infield fly and two strikes. Each also had a stolen base in the game.
CCS lost the game 0-10.
Jaiden Hill pitched a complete game. Hill struck out one, walked one and gave up 10 hits.
The second game started off with a scoreless first inning.
Morayah Cupp advanced to third base in the second inning, but couldn’t cross homeplate. McCook scored five runs in the inning, before both teams were held scoreless in the third.
Sadie Peterson hit a single in the fourth inning and Hailey Markee advanced to third, but it was only Odens, as a courtesy runner for Cupp, who scored in the inning after drawing a walk.
CCS allowed four runs in the fourth inning and lost the game 1-9.
Kayla Chavira pitched all of the second game, walking and striking out four while allowing nine hits.
The following day the Longhorns traveled to Stamford for a triangular with Southern Valley/Alma and Kearney Catholic.
CCS went scoreless in the first inning against the hosts, but Ashlie Benge scored in the second after reaching base with a single. Iris Robles singled but was stranded on third base.
The Longhorns were scoreless once more in the fourth inning, but Benge scored for a second time after another single in the fourth inning. CCS had Vrbas, Odens and Jesusita Ruiz in scoring position but couldn’t bring them around.
Defensively, CCS allowed 12 runs in the game.
Hill pitched for the Longhorns, finishing with two walks and one strike out. Hill gave up 13 hits.
After facing Southern Valley/Alma several times this season, Smith was disappointed her team couldn’t put their bats on the ball better.
Kearney Catholic, ranked in the Class C top 10, put the Longhorns in a hole to start the game, scoring 10 runs in the first inning.

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