LUVERNE - Two big innings at the plate propelled the Northeast Hamilton softball team to its third consecutive victory here last night.
The Trojets (6-19) rolled through the lineup and scored eight runs in the third inning, and they tacked on five more in the fifth to pound CWL, 13-1 in a run-rule shortened contest.
The Panthers (0-24) piled up 11 errors, including six in the third frame.
"We realize that towards the end of the year here we've got some (opponents) that aren't having real strong seasons, but by the same token we've played well," NEH head coach Dave Hilton said. "We didn't have any errors (in a win over CAL on Monday), and then we had just one (last night), so we're getting better and that's the encouraging thing."
The Trojets finished with 10 hits, including two each from Jennifer Jeffers, Molly Greenfield and Kaylee Massman. Leah Meyer, Jaidyn Timm and Andi Anderson added singles, and Anderson scored three runs.
Massman drove in a run with her base hit in the marathon third inning.
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Molly Greenfield and Jennifer Jeffers. Sadie Poldervaart and Liz Carlton. W-Greenfield. L-Poldervaart. 2B-NEH: Greenfield. RBI-NEH: Greenfield (2), Kaylee Massman, Caity Hassebrock.
In the fifth, Greenfield plated two runs with the game's lone extra-base hit - a double into the gap. Jeffers, Massman and Anderson also roughed up Panther pitcher Sadie Poldervaart in the inning, and Caity Hassebrock collected an RBI on a sacrifice fly.
Greenfield allowed just five hits to pick up the pitching win. She walked two and struck out three.
The Trojets' win streak will be at four tomorrow afternoon, as they'll receive a forfeit victory over the Meskwaki Settlement School. Their next game will be Thursday at Janesville.