The St. Mary's' High softball team won two of three games here over the weekend, taking second place in the Coon Rapids-Bayard Tournament.
The Panthers opened with two wins, beating Exira 10-0 and Rockwell City -Lytton 6-3 before losing 6-3 in the championship game to Nodaway Valley.
In the win over Exira, St. Mary's senior righthander Maddie Rust struck out nine and gave up just three hits, walking five.
Jessica Lussman went 2 for 5 for the Panthers while Danielle Brock went 2 for 5 with a triple. Kassie Drey went 3 for 4 and Megan Snyder added a double.
St. Mary's coach Brad Wild said his team played well defensively.
"I thought Maddie did a nice job on the mound and we made some nice plays behind her," he said. "Offensively, we hit the ball well once we got going."
Last summer, Wild said, the Panthers lost to Exira in the championship game of the same tournament.
In game two, a 6-3 win over Rockwell City-Lytton, Rust again had a fine performance on the mound. She yielded just three hits, walked four and struck out two.
Senior Matty Richardson had a big day at the plate, going 4 for 4 with a double. Rust was 2 for 2 with a walk and Kassie Drey showed a good eye at the plate with three bases on balls.
"Rockwell City-Lytton had an athletic team so it was a nice win for us," said Wild. "I thought our girls did an excellent job of gutting it out in the heat and playing a solid ballgame. I was impressed with our efforts, even though we left numerous runners stranded."
Wild added that in the championship game, his team had the lead until the bottom of the sixth inning in a 6-3 loss to Nodaway Valley.
"That's when the fatigue finally set in from a long, hot day," said Wild. "We were shorthanded on the day due to some injuries and I have to give the girls tons of credit for gutting it out. Maddie Rust and Matty Richardson really put forth some courageous efforts in the heat.
"Our girls played well, but Nodaway just made the plays they needed to make and had a timely three-run double in the bottom of the sixth with two outs."
Offensively for St. Mary's, Brock and Matty Richardson each went 2 for 4 while Lussman hit a triple.