In the second round of the C-1 District softball tournament, S-D-A’s Sam Pester went 3-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI’s to lead the Rockets to a 12-4 win against Freeman on Friday Oct 6.
S-D-A jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first inning.
With the score 8-4 going into the fourth inning, the Rockets pounded out four more runs and put the game away.
Megan Reuter, Brynn Krieger, and Brooke Bennett added two hits each for the Rockets.  
Payton Beckmann, Brooke Carlson, Grace Damme, Lauren Siefken, and Madison Mueller had one hit each.
Beckmann knocked in three runs, Damme had two RBIs and Carlson had an RBI.
Krieger crossed the plate three times.
Sydney Wellsnadt took the win in the circle for the Rockets.  She tossed five innings, gave up six hits, four runs, and three strikeouts.
S-D-A had hammered 14 hits and 12 runs.

Cass County 3, S-D-A 1
Two solo homers helped Cass County push by the Rockets 3-1 in the first game at districts.
Lauren Siefken hit a one-out double to left and scored on an RBI single by Sam Pester in the top of the sixth inning to get the Rockets within a run. Last time S-D-A faced CCC, the Rockets lost 13-4.
“We only gave up four hits,”  said Coach Gregg Wiebusch said.  “We didn’t give up a run until the fourth inning.”
Siefken had two hits as Sam Pester and Payton Beckmann added one each. Nannen took the loss for the Rockets throwing  six innings, allowing four hits, three earned runs, and seven strikeouts.

Falls City 2 S-D-A 1
After their win against Freeman, S-D-A faced Falls City in the third round of districts and came up short losing, 2-1, on a great pitching performance by Alayna Nannen who threw six innings, allowing four hits two earned runs, and six strikeouts.
The game represented the third time the Rockets faced the Tigers this season and each game was decided by two runs or less. Beckmann was 2-for-3 at the plate  and scored the Rockets’ only run. Reuter, Damme, Krieger, Siefken and Mueller each had a hit.
Coach Wiebusch said that he is proud of how much this program is improving.  Last year, the Rockets had four wins. This season, they had nine.
Wiebusch  said experience will be key for this S-D-A squad next year as the team will be returning seven of their nine starters and two more that have varsity playing time.
“Looking to next year, we are looking to take another jump like we did from last year,”  Coach Wiebusch said.  “With a strong winter and summer, I expect us to compete for a district title.”