Walks and defensive miscues cost the Norfolk Golden Girls 16s in their doubleheader against Pender on Tuesday night at Liberty Bell park in Norfolk as the visitors swept the two games, 8-0 and 10-8.

In the first game, Pender scored four out of its eight runs on walked batters. They also had seven hits, while holding the Golden Girls to only three hits.

Pender’s Reese Kneifl had a three-RBI double in the third inning, and singled home another in the fourth. Carsen Miller went two for two, with two RBIs with a double in the fourth inning. Isabelle Diaz had a solo home run over the left-field fence in the fifth inning.

Londyn Nelson got the victory on the mound for Pender, striking out two and walking none.

The Golden Girls were led offensively by Maggie Wortman, who had a double in the second.

Tara Koch was on the mound for the Golden Girls, striking out four, giving up six walks, and one home run.

“Our bats got going in the first game, and they’ve been carrying us lately. We usually play pretty good defense. We played a lot of girls in different positions, especially in the second game,” Pender head coach Rod Heise said, “A lot of girls hit the ball hard, and put the ball in play, which put a lot of pressure on the defense. Our bunting is coming along well, and we’ll ride our pitcher Londyn as long and as far as she’ll take us.”

Extra innings were needed in the second game, as the Golden Girls rallied back from a 7-4 deficit to tie the game in the bottom of the sixth. Emilee Spitz had a two-RBI single to score Hannah Renner and Cydnee Hopkins to tie the game at seven.

Pender, however, outlasted the Golden Girls to ultimately win the game 10-8.

The bottom four of Pender’s batting order generated most of the offense for the team. Skyler Prokop went two for four with 3 RBIs. Zoey Lehmkuhl also had two RBIs, scoring three runs. Nelson was also on the mound in the second game, striking out one batter and walking two.

For the Golden Girls, offense was generated by Spitz, who went two for three with four RBIs and a double. Tara Koch also went two for three, with two RBIs.

Rylee Renner took the loss on the mound for the Golden Girls.

“We have to come in with intensity to start the game and continue that throughout the rest of the game,” Golden Girls’ head coach Bob Hoppe said, “We did a real good job coming back and fighting that second game. We got some hits and we got into it, we just didn’t get enough in at the end.”

Pender and Norfolk’s next games will be at the USSSA State Tournament in Lincoln.



Norfolk 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 3 1

Pender 0 0 3 4 1 — 8  7 0

WP — Londyn Nelson

LP — Tara Koch

NOR — 2B Maggie Wortman

PEN — 2B Carsen Miller, Reese Kneifl

HR — Isabella Diaz



Pender 0 4 0 0 3 0 3 — 10 12 1

Norfolk 1 0 0 2 1 2 1 — 8 11 7

WP — Nelson LP - Rylee Renner

NOR — 2B Emilee Spitz, Hailey Bobeldyke

PEN — 2B Carsen Miller

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Times are changing and the Norfolk Golden Girls under-18 softball team is changing with them. With the exception of its own tournament during the first week in June, the team spent its entire 2019 season on the road.