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SOFTBALL: GACC salvages one win at home tourney

It was a rough day of softball for Guardian Angels Central Catholic at their home tournament Saturday (August 27) at Timmermann Park.

But the Bluejays did salvage it with an 18-1 win over Cuming County to finish the tournament 1-2. GACC delivered a 10-run 1st inning, and then proceeded to score eight more runs over the next two innings, to secure the three-inning win.

No Bluejay stats from that game were submitted.

GACC’s rough day had a rough start, and that’s what ultimately sunk the Bluejays in an 8-7 loss to South Sioux City to open up the tournament.

The Bluejays issued four straight walks to start the game, and SSC ended up scoring four runs. GACC had their own four-run inning in the 5th, but the game ended after the Bluejays’ rally came up short.

Shelby Perchal and Leah Jansen both collected three hits in the loss.

Game two of the tournament followed a similar pattern in Ponca’s 6-4 win over the Bluejays.

In just two innings, Ponca jumped out to a 6-0 lead. GACC didn’t get onto the scoreboard until the 5th inning when they pushed across four runs. But again, it wasn’t enough.

Perchal delivered three hits, including a home run, in the loss. Kiley Pojar added three RBI’s.

Following the tournament, GACC currently owns a 5-2 record so far this season.

VOLLEYBALL: Bluejays display determination in season debut win

Calm, cool and collected was how Guardian Angels Central Catholic volleyball played most of the night.

And that demeanor did wonders for the Bluejays as GACC swept Aquinas Catholic in the season opener Thursday (August 25). Scores from the match were 25-17, 25-22, 25-17.

“It was a clean match and nice sweep for us,” Bluejay head coach Maddie Gideon said. “Overall, I was just really happy with how on top of our game we stayed.”

GACC played with a lead most of the night, but at one point, did fall behind.

“It could have escalated on us, but our girls stopped their run and pulled back ahead,” Gideon said. “It was nice to see our grit and determination.”

Reese Throener hammered home 13 kills in the Bluejay win. With the win, GACC is 1-0 to start the season.

“The biggest thing from the night is that if things didn’t go our way, we fixed it,” Gideon said. “With these girls, if we made a mistake, we didn’t dwell on it. We fixed it.”

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