CRETE – Both the Nebraska City 14-under and 16-under softball teams added to an already crowded trophy case by winning the Crete Diamonds Tournament last weekend.
The 14U team came from behind in three games on Sunday to top the ten-team field.
Nebraska City was the third-seed after pool play and eliminated the Lincoln Lightning, 8-5, in the first round of bracket play.
An RBI double from Pacie Lee drove-in Ainslee Bright, completing a six-run comeback in an 11-10 semi-final win over Falls City.
In the championship game, Nebraska City avenged a lopsided pool-play loss against the SWAT team. Facing a 3-2 deficit in the bottom of the fifth, Ali Silvius evened the score with a triple and eventually crossing the plate on the same play due to a throwing error. Consecutive hits by Alyssa Bottorff and Bright set-up the tournament victory on a walk-off base hit by Sydni Tellez.
Kendyl Schmitz received credit as the winning pitcher in Game 1 and the championship, while Tellez picked up the win in Game 2.
Nebraska City 14U improves to 16-26 this season. They will will play Falls City and Weeping Water in Falls City on Friday.
Meanwhile, the 16U team won their second tournament of the summer. Along with the Crete Tournament championship, they claimed their home tournament on May 20th. They also finished as runner-ups at the York USSSA Open Tournament on May 28.
Nebraska City won the tournament championship last weekend with a 9-1 win over the Adams Stingers, a team they lost to in pool play, 2-1. They eliminated Wilber Extreme in the semi-finals, 15-1.
The 16U team will play again on Thursday night at 6 and 9. They will head to the state competition in Beatrice on June 15-17.
Phil Silvius contributed to this report for News Channel Nebraska.
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