Firth trio close out home careers with wins

FIRTH — A trio of seniors played on the Firth softball diamond for the final time on Thursday afternoon as the Lady Cougars battled the Hillcrest junior varsity in a double-dip at Firth High School.
At the end of a pleasant day on the diamond, Firth emerged triumphant on both ends of the double dip, winning in convincing fashion 10-3 in game one and then came from behind for a last inning 9-8 victory in the night cap.
"Overall we played okay, there are still some things that we need to do better like getting our bats going," Firth head coach Rachel Olsen said.
The seniors, Kesley Oliver, Shannon Spencer and Brooke Chapman all played key roles in the afternoons sweep with Oliver picking up the win from the pitching circle in game one after working 4 scoreless innings, allowing just 1 hit while striking out 6 Hillcrest hitters.
Chapman finished the day with a pair of runs scored while playing a solid shortstop in the field while Spencer also scored twice and drove in a pair of runs from the clean up spot.
"It's a little bittersweet to see our seniors go," coach Olsen said. "Brooke and Kelsey have been with me since the beginning and we have put in a lot of time together so it will be hard to see them go. They've given me all that they've got. They've given me a hundred and ten percent every day that they've been here and I just couldn't ask any more of them. Shannon has come in and just helped us out a ton and we're just sad to see them all leave."
In the second game it looked as if Hillcrest was going to salvage a split of the afternoons contests but Firth was having none of that nonsense on Thursday as they tallied five runs in the home half of the final inning as Brooke Chapman scampered across home plate with the winning run, courtesy of a wild pitch by the Hillcrest hurler.
Firth will close out the regular season today when they travel to West Side for a 4 o'clock game with the Lady Pirates.
District tournament play will open next Tuesday at Tautphaus Park when they face off with North Fremont in the first round.