A pair of pitching gems by Mindy Lorimor led the Fremont-Mills softball team to a Corner Conference sweep of Sidney on Thursday.
In game one Lorimor fanned 12 and allowed five hits in a 10-0, six inning victory. In the capper, Lorimor no-hit the Cowgirls in a 2-0 win. In the two games the junior fanned 19, allowed five hits and just one walk.
Lorimor added four hits and an RBI at the plate.
Madison Powers added four hits and three RBIs.
The Fremont-Mills softball was held two hits by Glenwood pitcher Molly Bryan in a 10-0 non-conference loss last Wednesday.
The Knights (20-9 overall, 8-0 in the Corner Conference) had just two base runners all game.
Mindy Lorimor allowed 10 hits and six earned runs in the loss.
The Fremont-Mills softball team scored all four of its runs in the third and fourth innings and held on late for a 4-2 Corner Conference victory over Stanton last Tuesday.
The win keeps the Knights perfect in the conference at 8-0 and gives them a one game lead over the Viqueens in the conference standings. But the win wasn’t as pretty as Knights’ coach Kyle Fichter had hoped.
After building their 4-0 lead the Knights committed four errors over the final three innings and stranded seven base runners.
“That’s been our story for about two weeks now,” said Fremont-Mills coach Kyle Fichter. “We give ourself enough runs and feel like we have a little leeway where we can make errors but we don’t want to be there. We really haven’t done that until that week and a half, and they’re both mental and physical errors.”
The Knights got on the board first in the third inning when Mindy Lorimor came around to score when Kendall Fichter singled and advanced to second on a throwing error. Melissa Kesterson then singled home Fichter for the 2-0 lead.
In the fourth, Stanton pitcher Rochelle Sink walked the first two Knights. After retiring the next two Knights, Fichter came to the plate again and the freshman catcher belted her third hit of the day to score two runs.
The Viqueens finally got on the board – and the base paths – in the fifth when Jordan Sorensen singled off Lorimor for Stanton’s first hit of the game. A single by Kimber Wagg and an error in the outfield brought home Sorensen for a 4-1 score. Carmen Subbert then brought home Wagg with a single of her own.
Stanton would threaten again in the top of the seventh getting runners on first and second with no outs. But Lorimor, who allowed just three hits and fanned 11 in the win, would have none of it, sandwiching a pair of strikeouts around a pop out to end the game.
Fichter said that seventh inning is a microcosm of what’s ailing his team: an error allowed the Viqueens to put the winning run at the plate before Lorimor bailed her team out. Fichter said his team is over relying on the junior ace to win games.
“That’s really part of our problem and it’s going to cause us problems down the road if we don’t stop doing that,” he said.
The Knights had 13 hits in the game but stranded seven runners over the final three innings when they had a chance to put the game away.
“We’ve been leaving a lot of runners on all year. We’ve been averaging leaving on five to 10 runners on per game,” he said.
Lorimor helped herself at the plate with three hits and Emily Smith added two more.