The North Platte softball team steamrolled through its home invitational on Saturday, allowing just three runs in the process and blanking Kearney Catholic in the title game.
Ranked No. 8 in Class A by the Omaha World-Herald, the Bulldogs improved to 18-6 with 16-1, 10-2 and 14-0 wins over Alliance, Ralston and the Stars, respectively.
In the opening game of the tournament, the Bulldogs scored nine runs in the first inning, and pitcher Skylar Bedlan tossed a one-run game as the Bulldogs defeated Alliance 16-1 to open their home invite Saturday at Dowhower Softball Complex.
“We came out and played well,” coach Jeff Barner said. “No let down, they just came out and played. Things went well.”
The Bulldogs didn’t get their first hit until the score was already 2-0, when Juliana Ortiz smacked a 2-RBI single to right with the bases loaded. North Platte’s next hit came on a Macie Freeze three-run home run to push the lead to 9-0.
North Platte only had three hits total, with Kaitlyn Aden doubling off the center field gate to lead off the second inning. Most of the Bulldogs’ runs came on bases-loaded walks or hit-by-pitches.
North Platte added seven more runs in the bottom of the second to take a 16-0 lead. Alliance put a run on the board in the top of the third on an RBI groundout to second base, but a pop up to second on the next play ended the game at 16-1.
Bedlan pitched a complete game for the Bulldogs, giving up just three hits and one run in the three-inning mercy rule.
“It’s good for her,” Barner said. “You come in and get a chance to throw and hit your locations and let your defense work. It’s good for her.”
North Platte def. Alliance 16-1
Ralston def. Cozad 1-0
Gering def. Chadron 15-14
Kearney Catholic def. Lexington 9-4
North Platte def. Ralston 10-2
Kearney Catholic def. Gering 4-1
Cozad def. Alliance 7-0
Chadron def. Lexington 16-15
Aliance def. Lexington 13-5
Cozad def. Chadron 10-2
Ralston def. Gering 7-5
North Platte def. Kearney Catholic 14-0