Lady Eagles win first ever NECC tournament

Carlee Koldyke delivers a pitch.

Breanna Baughman waits for the pitch at third base.

The Lady Eagles pose with the tournament trophy after they won the Northeast Corner Conference softball tournament on their home field in April.

Mallory Pearson and Paige Stauffer embrace each other and celebrate after winning the Northeast Corner Conference tournament in April, beating Fremont on the Churubusco’s home field. Its the first NECC tourney win in Churubusco softball’s history, and the Lady Eagles got the win after losing the first three conference games.

Lady Eagles await Madison Simmons after her home run.

By Justin Hunter

CHURUBUSCO – Churubusco’s softball team won its first NECC tournament championship in school history as the Lady Eagles beat Fremont in a close, 4-3, game in late April.

The Lady Eagles won the tournament after starting the season 0-3 in conference play.

“We were out of the conference race,” said head coach Phil Nicolette. “There was nothing else to play for at that point other than to get better and play in this tournament. Our mind frame was that no one expects us to do well, so let’s give this a shot. We were relaxed and playing with no pressure, and it worked well.”

Churubusco trailed early as Fremont went up 2-0 after the first inning. Churubusco tied the game in the second inning scoring two runs. Maddison Simmons hit a two-run homer to tie the game.

Abi Erwin hit another two-run home run in the third inning to make the score 4-2.

The fourth inning went scoreless. Then Fremont hit a single score home run in the fifth inning. No other runs were scored in the game thanks to a strong effort by the Lady Eagle defense.

Carlee Koldyke got the win on the mound as she threw 61 pitches in seven innings, allowing five hits, three runs and recording a strikeout.

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