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Hackett Catholic Prep gives Panthers a rare challenge

Hackett Catholic Prep gives Panthers a rare challenge

Hackett Catholic Prep gives Panthers a rare challenge

The Panthers found themselves in a ballgame for the first time in nearly a month Monday and came through with three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to pull in front for a 7-5 win over visiting Hackett Catholic Prep.

The Delton Kellogg varsity girls' improved to 8-0 against Southwestern Athletic Conference foes and 17-0 overall with a sweep of their conference doubleheader in Delton.

The Panthers took the opener 11-1 and then rallied late to win game two 7-5. The last time a team was within single digits of the Panthers in the scoring column at the end of a ballgame was in the championship game of the Barry County Invitational in Hastings when the DK girls scored a 4-2 win over Lakewood April 13.

Hackett scored four runs in the opening inning of game two in Delton Monday and led 5-3 after three innings. The game stayed that way until the Panthers scored three times in the bottom of the sixth to pull in front.

Erin Kapteyn hit a one-out single into left field. She and Lizzy Fichtner both came around to score as the Irish threw the ball around a bit, putting the Panthers in front, and then Josie Lyons capped the scoring with an inside the park home run into center field. Delanie Aukerman followed with a triple, but was stranded at third.

Aubrey Aukerman singled twice and drove in a run for Delton in the win. Hailey Buckner had Delton Kellogg's only other hit. Aubrey Aukerman and Fichtner each drove in one run.

Buckner got the win in the circle for Delton Kellogg. She struck out seven in seven innings while allowing five runs on four hits and six walks.

Kapteyn and Katie Tobias each belted a home run in the Panthers' 11-1 five-inning win in game one.

Tobias was 3-for-3 with three RBI. Aubrey Aukerman was 2-for-3 with two runs and two RBI. Fichtner had one hit, two runs and two RBI as well. Kapteyn drove in two runs. Buckner had their team's other hit.

Kapteyn held the Irish to two singles, earning the win. She struck out four and walked four.

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