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Softball team suffers close losses at district

by Tad Brewer
Landmark reporter

The Platte County Lady Pirate softball team concluded its 2001 season on Oct. 6 at districts, which were held in Kearney.

The Lady Pirate softball team ended play with a couple of quick losses in the double elimination district tournament.

Platte County’s first loss of the tournament came to a strong conference rival Smithville team. The Lady Pirates fell by a final score of 11-2.

Their second game of the tournament was much closer, but the Lady Pirates still fell. The second loss was to Kearney, who was hosting the tournament and had a home field advantage. Platte County lost this game by a final score of 3-2.

The Lady Pirates softball team finished their season with a final record of 10-9.

Platte County could have possibly improved on this final record had they not had as many games rained out. The Lady Pirates had seven games that were rained out that could not be made up.

Platte County will lose several seniors who started for the team for numerous years. They lost pitcher Samantha Ward, third basemen Jeanna Prather, catcher Jessica Lackey, infielder Devin McCray, and infielder Jamie Horst.

The Lady Pirates will return juniors Jill Prather, Michelle Arnspriger, Natalie Prather, and Whitney Murie, and sophomores Heather Tanck, Hillary Tanck, and Roxy McCray.

Next year's team will look to improve on what they accomplished this year, and will seek to build upon the experience they gained from this year’s class of seniors.