Area softball from Friday with Prairie Central-Fieldcrest, and Lexington

   Emma Lorton was effective in tossing a shutout as Fieldcrest handled Prairie Central 9-0 in a nonconference softball game at PCHS Friday afternoon.
    Lorton struck out 15 and scattered seven hits, but her most impressive feat was not allowing a walk. She threw a first-pitch strike to 21 of the 28 batters she faced.
    The Knights were methodical in taking care of business. Fieldcrest gave Lorton a lead before the defense took the field. Addie Goodrich doubled with one out and scored on Alivia Tjaden’s two-out base hit for a 1-0 advantage.
    Alaina Tjaden singled to lead off the Fieldcrest second and scored on a Lorton groundout three batters later. A two-run third pushed the Knights’ lead to 4-0.
    Paige Sons and Alivia Tjaden scored when Alayna Fuchs reached on an error.
    The Fieldcrest fifth inning proved to be quite intriguing. The Knights got things going with a Goodrich single to open the frame. Sons reached on an error and Alivia Tjaden singled in Goodrich.
    Fuchs reached on an error that allowed Sons to score, and Alaina Tjaden singled to load the bases.
    Aubrey McNamara then hit into a triple play. Her fly ball to center was hauled in by Faith Bachtold, who threw home to Becca Gomez, who fired to third baseman Addison Casner to get Alivia Tjaden for the second out. Casner then threw to second baseman Bella Carranza to nab Fuchs going back to the bag to end the inning.
    Alaina Tjaden doubled with two outs in the seventh to drive in a run. McNamara followed with a two-base hit that plated two more runs for a 9-0 lead.
    Prairie Central did threaten in each of the final four innings. The best chance came in the sixth when Paige Pollman, Bachtold and Heidi Meister each singled to load the bases with no outs. A foul out, pop out and strikeout ended the threat.
    Alaina Tjaden collected a double, two singles and a run batted in while Alivia Tjaden had two hits and drove in two runs for the Knights. Goodrich doubled and singled and McNamara had a two-base hit and two RBIs. Fuchs had a hit and two RBIs and Sons and Kim Turner each singled.
    Bachtold had a double and single for the Hawks. Pollman also had two hits while Meister, Casner and Lexi Creech collected one hit apiece.
    Brianna Seeman took the loss for Prairie Central. She gave up six runs on seven hits and one walk. Seeman struck out four in five innings. Meister finished up, allowing three runs on four hits while fanning one.
Olympia 12, Lexington 6
    LEXINGTON — Seven runs in the middle frames were the difference as Olympia got past Lexington 12-6 in a nonconference softball game at Keller Park Friday afternoon.
    Leading 3-2, the Spartans struck for four runs in the third inning to build a 7-2 advantage. The Minutemen got one run back in the bottom of the inning on a home run from Jayden Standish, her second roundtripper of the game.
    But Olympia put up three runs in the fourth inning to make it 10-3.
    A three-run fifth inning for the Minutemen made things more interesting. The rally came with two outs.
    Raelyn Payne started the rally with a base hit. Hannah Hamilton followed with a single and Standish roped a double that played Payne. Sydney Kunkel is finding her stroke since returning to the lineup and singled in Hamilton and Standish to make it 10-6.
    That was all Lexington could muster. The Minutemen did leave two runners on base in the seventh inning.
    Lexington spotted Olympia a three-run lead in the first inning but responded with two tallies in the bottom of the inning. Payne doubled to lead things off and Standish belted a two-run homer one out later.
    Standish finished with two homers, a double and four runs batted in to lead the Lexington offense. Kunkel added three hits and two RBIs and Payne had a double and single. Hamilton and Kaitlyn Tammen each singled.
    Maddie Underhill took the loss, giving up 11 hits and four walks in going the distance. She struck out two.