GOOSE LAKE — Northeast ended a three-game losing streak with a three-inning, 16-0 thrashing of Davenport Central on Friday in non-conference softball.
Coach Travis Eversmeyer tweaked his batting order, and the Rebels piled up 16 hits against the winless Blue Devils (0-19).
“This was a nice way to end our week,” Eversmeyer said. “We got some confidence going in to what will be a tough week, playing six days in a row next week.
“We are giving them the weekend off to recharge the batteries and get ready for our stretch run.”
Eversmeyer moved shortstop Aleenah Marcucci from No. 2 to the top of the batting order, and she responded with a 4-for-4 night, with five stolen bases and three runs scored. Rylee Dickey, who moved from the leadoff to cleanup spot, was 3-for-3. Jayna Farrell and Tierra Hildebrandt each drove in three runs for the Rebels (13-9).
Northeast did have to dig out from a 4-0 hole before it got its offense going.
Central’s Letha Wallace singled with one out in the first, and Maddie Gowey walked. Karlie Westmoreland’s single brought in Wallace to make it 1-0. A passed ball allowed Gowey and Westmoreland to move up one base each, then Shelby Thede delivered a two-run single. Thede scored later on Jada McCullum’s groundout.
It didn’t take the Rebels long to erase the deficit. They sent 11 runners to the plate in the bottom of the first inning and scored six times.
Marcucci led off with a bunt single, stole second and third, and scored on Farrell’s groundout.
Northeast then loaded the bases as Kelsey Carder and Oberman walked on each side of a Dickey single. Carder scored on Courtney Stoll’s groundout, then Claussen delivered a two-run single that tied the game at 4-4.
Hildebrandt doubled to bring in Claussen with the go-ahead run, then Hildebrandt scored the final run on an error.