Cardinals fall in regional softball

GHV left fielder, Jillian Heitland, make a nice running catch during the Cads 10-7 season ending loss to Clear Lake.

Rick Ermer Photo

   When tournament time rolls around, coaches want to see their teams playing at their best. That was the case for GHV softball coach Matt Graham as his Cardinal squad turned in the best performance of the season in Wednesday’s regional tournament game at Clear Lake. Unfortunately, their best effort wasn’t quite good enough as the Lions eliminated GHV from tournament play.

            The Cardinal bats struck early against the Lions, producing four runs in the top of the first inning. Jayden Hughes got things going with a leadoff single and Jacki Van Oort reached on a dropped third strike. Bailee Pitzenberger’s one-out base hit brought in Hughes and Megan Oetken cleared the bases with a three-run homer. Clear Lake answered with two runs in the first making the score 4 – 2. GHV added a run in the third and Clear Lake plated two to keep the game close. 

Read the complete story in the July 12 Leader.