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Exeter 14U Class C State Softball Champions

On the weekend of July 8-10, the Exeter 14U girls' softball team participated in the ASA Class C State Softball Tournament at Smith Complex in Hastings.

The girls finished the tournament with a record of 7-1. They came home with the Class C State Championship.

On Friday afternoon, they opened the tournament with a 10-0 win over Creighton Thunder. Friday night they defeated Pizza Ranch (West Point) 5-4, scoring three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

They continued play Saturday defeating Tekamah-Herman Purple 6-2. The next game was against Emerson. Exeter came out on top 9-8 to advance to the winners' bracket final.

In the first of four straight games on Sunday, they faced Arlington Vets Club. They suffered their first loss of the tournament, 7-3. The loss dropped them to the losers' bracket, where they again faced Emerson. This time they won 6-5 in eight innings.

With this win they moved into the finals to face Arlington Vets Club. To win the championship, they would have to defeat Arlington twice. The first game was close all the way with Exeter trailing 1-0 going to the bottom of the seventh inning. Erica Yound led off with a triple. With two outs and a count of two strikes, Janey Due doubled to drive in the tying run. Hailey Luzum reached on an infield hit and the winning run scored on an overthrow.

With the 2-1 win, Exeter moved into the second game against Arlington which would decide the championship. Arlington scored one run in the top of the first. Exeter scored two runs in the bottom of the first and two runs in the bottom of the third, going on to win, 4-1.

Marissa Howard was the winning pitcher in five of the tournament wins, with Madison Horne picking up the win in the other two victories, including a five hitter in the clinching win over Arlington.

Leading hitters for the tournament were Madison Horne with 13 hits, Maitlyn Thomsen and Marissa Howard with 11 hits each, Lindsey Stoldorf with nine hits, Erica Yound with eight hits and Janey Due with seven hits.

Exeter finished its season with a record of 23-5.