For the Junior Lady Lions of Albion Grade School, the 2020 softball season came to an end Thursday afternoon after a late push by Norris City Omaha Enfield knocked them out of the Regional Championship game.
In order to make the championship match-up, the Lions battled Gallatin County on the previous Tuesday, eliminating them from the postseason thanks to a 12–6 victory. While Albion found themselves in a 4–4 deadlock with the Cardinals of Norris City midway through the fifth inning, a late NCOE surge prompted Norris City to an 8–4 win over the AGS girls.
Against Gallatin County, Grace Bishop went 2–3 at the plate to tally a pair of doubles, two steals and an RBI. Avery Sweeny netted six stolen bags, a double and an RBI in the win, while Jenna Shaw finished with two RBIs and two stolen bases to her name. Cali Bunting accounted for a double, two steals and an RBI, with Allison Groff earning a double and an RBI as well.
Alice Robb had three steals and an RBI on the afternoon, while Emmy Goering and Jaycee Kolb each had a stolen base and an RBI. Gracen Sledge netted two steals.
Pitching her way to victory for Albion was Groff, who threw for a complete seven innings. She allowed six runs, only three of which were earned, from three hits and six walks, striking out nine.
Against NCOE, Groff managed another complete game, pitching for six frames. She gave up eight runs, only one of which was earned, off of three hits and one walk, striking out seven.
Avery Sweeny produced the lone Albion hit of the game, a triple, while also racking up two steals and an RBI. Groff also managed an RBI.
Along the base paths, the Lady Lions proved effective. Bishop made three steals on the day, while Olivia Rigg had two. Lilly Jones and Robb each stole a base as well.