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Annie Dostal celebrats home run with teammates
Annie Dostal (39) is congratulated by her teammates after her third-inning home run gave NBC-SS the lead over Tekamah-Herman. The Tigers would not surrender the lead and went on to win 10-7.

Call it a comeback

Hull, Dostal blasts push NBC-SS past No. 2 T-H

by Nathan Arneal
published 9/19/07

Tekamah-Herman came out of the gate Wednesday looking every bit deserving of the No. 2 state ranking the Omaha World-Herald had bestowed upon them.

The purple Tigers used three hits and two NBC-SS errors to jump out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning of the game played in Scribner. After an inning and a half, Tekamah-Herman led 6-1, and the North Bend-Scribner-Snyder defense had let four infield pop flies drop safely to the ground, all of them with two outs.

Lindsey Hull after home run
Lindsey Hull had plenty of high fives waiting for her after her three-run home run tied the game in the second inning.

“I’ll be honest,” NBC-SS coach Dan Nelson said, “after they got the fifth run, I was just hoping to stay respectable. I didn’t want to get eight-runned or ten-runned because we’re better than that.”

In the bottom of the second inning, the NBC-SS bats woke up and the Dodge County Tigers came roaring back.

With two outs and two runners on, back-to-back RBI singles by Tasha Raymond and Meri Gross-Rhode made the score 6-3. Then Lindsey Hull tied the game with one swing of the bat. Her drive was deep enough to allow her to circle the bases for a homerun.

“Lindsey just flat out smoked the ball today,” Nelson said. “I think that hit of hers would have been over any regulation softball fence.”

Nelson said the flurry of hits gave his team the emotional lift it needed.

“You could feel it about the third or fourth inning when we got close,” he said. “Tekamah got quiet and our girls were really pumped. A big hit will do that.”

Annie Dostal kept Lady Momentum wearing orange in the bottom of the third when she sent a shot deep into left field for another homerun. Her round-tripper gave NBC-SS a 7-6 lead, one it would not surrender.

North Bend-Scribner-Snyder added a run per inning for the remainder of the game to close with a 10-7 victory.

Nelson was pleased to see his squad come through when it needed a clutch hit, something NBC-SS had been struggling with in recent games. Hull said she hopes the come-from-behind win will give the Tigers confidence for the remainder of the season.

“It was disappointing at first when we didn’t play well in the early innings,” she said, “but we pulled through and found what we needed to do. Hopefully this will give us some confidence in the batter’s box.”

After starting with five errors in the first two innings, the Tiger defense buckled down to hold Tekamah-Herman to one run for the remainder of the game. Dalena Mensik saved a run in the top of the third inning when she caught a fly to right field on the run. With a Teakmah-Herman runner tagging up at third base, the freshman came up throwing and gunned the runner down at the plate for the third out. Had it scored, the run would have given T-H a 7-6 lead.

Hull ended the day going 3-for-4 at the plate with four RBIs, a double and a homerun. She also extended her hitting streak to 11 games. Gross-Rhode and Raymond added two hits each as the Tiger offense struck for 12 hits overall.

Megan Jensen picked up her sixth pitching win of the year, giving up 11 hits and four earned runs in seven innings. She also struck out four batters.

Nelson couldn’t deny that the win was a special one for his team.

“This has to be a huge lift for the girls,” he said. “I know it is for me. I think we’ve accepted that we’re out of the (state tournament) wildcard, so now we’re basically playing through some stuff and trying to work out the bugs and come firing through districts. This is a huge win because Tekamah is in (our district.)”

The win moved NBC-SS’s season record to 6-5.

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