Monday, June 25, 2018
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Franzen blasts carry Swedes past Dusters

Sometimes a little adjustment here or there make a big difference.

That may have been the case in Gothenburg’s 4-2 victory over Holdrege.

The coaching staff saw that Emily Franzen’s stance at the plate needed a little adjustment the night before the game.

The Swede junior responded well to the change with a pair of deep home runs that powered Gothenburg to a victory over the Dusters.

Her first shot went deep over the centerfield fence driving in two runs in the third inning. Her second homer was a solo blast over the rightfield fence.

“Emily’s home runs were blasts,” Swede coach Roger Neujahr said. “There wasn’t any doubt about it.”

The heavy hitting was needed as Gothenburg had just two other hits in the contest—back-to-back singles by Hanna Wolf and Siera Schwanz that gave the Swedes a 1-0 lead in the second.

“We have not been hitting the ball lately,” Neujahr said. “I wish I had a quick fix for that. We’re going to work on that and see what we can come up with.”

Holdrege hit seven singles in the contest, but didn’t put anything together until the sixth inning.

The Dusters had three singles—including two with two outs—and plated one run before stranding a pair on the bases.

A walk and consecutive singles in the final frame pushed another run across home plate.

Despite giving up seven hits, Gothenburg pitcher Amanda Barkmeier avoided getting hit hard.

“She spotted the ball pretty good,” the coach said. “I just felt we were going to be okay when Amanda can do that.”

The best hit ball came in the fifth inning and Becca Riley snagged a line shot at third base for the third out.