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FC/E-M Softball Improves To 21-0

With Thursday's showdown with Friend being cancelled on Thursday night due to a rainy field, Fillmore Central/Exeter-Milligan finished its week early with a pair of wins in David City on Monday and Parents' Night victory over Cross County last Tuesday.

The trio of wins raised the Panthers' season mark to a perfect 21-0 and tops in wildcard points in Class C.

FC/E-M beat St. Paul 3-0 behind the shut-out pitching of Lindsay Eichelberger. The Panther ace struck out 10 Wildcats en route to her ninth shut-out victory of the year. Timely hitting in the victory came from the bat of Macy Jones, who plated Aubrey Adkisson and Kelsey Yates by legging out an infield hit.

“We were very fortunate tonight," Panther coach Steve Adkisson said. "I thought we were very undisciplined at the plate and swung at a lot of bad pitches. However, Lindsay pitched one of her better games of the year and we did take advantage of their mistake.

"Like I told the girls, the sign of a good team is to find a way to win when you don’t play your best. That is what we did."

In the second game, FC/E-M rolled past the host team David City 13-0. The Panther bats caught fire in the second game of the evening. FC/E-M got on the board in the third inning. Mariah Bigelow singled and was sacrificed to second by Tasha Manthei. Audrey Malone then delivered a two-out RBI single to get the Panthers on the board. Malone scored later in the inning on a wild-pitch.

FC/E-M added another run in the fourth as Manthei singled and scored on a sacrifice fly by Eichelberger. The Panthers ended the game in the sixth when they plated 10 runs. Jones, Elly Korbelik, Mariah Bigelow, Manthei, Kelsie Goc, Yates and Jacki Kleinschmidt recorded hits in the inning.

“What a great sixth inning for us," Adkisson said. "We finally were more aggressive early in the count. Macy and Jacki had solid game at the plate. Tasha Manthei has really done a great job since she has been inserted into the lineup. Lauren Hopken continues to be solid at first base which is important for us. Lindsay was her solid self and that gave us time to get our bats going."

The Panthers finally returned home and on Parent’s Night ran their record to 21-0 on the season with a 6-0 victory over Cross County (6-8). Eichelberger recorded her fifth shut-out in a row to run her record to 16-0 on the season.

“Lindsay was really impressive tonight if you consider Cross County had just scored 13 runs the night before in their win over Centennial," Adkisson said. "She just got stronger as the night went on."

Offensively, the Panthers got on the board in the second when Jones singled and scored on a two-out error. The Panthers added insurance runs in the third, as Adkisson walked and scored on Yates' RBI single. Yates was then plated on Korbelik’s RBI single.

FC/E-M's final runs came in the fifth. Jones led off the inning with her third single of the night. Kleinschmidt, Bigelow, Manthei and Adkisson then followed with singles.

“It was great to be back home again and play in front of our great fans," Adkisson said. "All of the girls did a nice job of adjusting to a pitcher that was a lot different, in terms of speed, than what we saw the night before. We now have to get ready for a great week of softball. We will be challenged in many different ways."


After games at Adams Central and home with Milford, FC/E-M will compete in the 2010 Southern Nebraska Conference Tournament this Saturday at Cross County.