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Softball: New Life Academy loses slugfest to Concordia Academy

Seventh-grade pitcher Kaitlyn Groeneweg of the Eagles throws home in the fourth inning Monday. John Molene / Contributor1 / 4
Senior third baseman Hannah Tima makes a defensive stop for the Eagles. John Molene / Contributor2 / 4
Sophomore outfielder Abi Bryant shares a laugh with head coach Emily Evans after hitting a run-scoring triple in the fourth inning. John Molene / Contributor3 / 4
New Life Academy senior senior shortstop Maya Binsfeld forces out a runner at second in the sixth inning and prepares to throw to first. John Molene / Contributor4 / 4

The defense and pitching still aren't there, but the offense made a major appearance for the New Life Academy Eagles Monday.

The Eagles (0-4) dropped a wild 22-19 decision to visiting Concordia Academy (3-1) Monday at Bielenberg Sports Complex.

New Life Academy entered Monday's game having allowed 70 runs in three games. Giving up 22 runs Monday didn't help that average, but scoring 19 was a world of improvement for the Eagles.

Maya Binsfeld led the New Life hitting, collecting five singles and a sacrifice. Hannah Tima went 3-for-6 with two doubles and a single. Abi Bryant had a triple and a single. Abbie Swenson, Nadia Nelson and Hannah Nelson had two singles apiece

The Eagles hung with Concordia early, trailing 6-5 after one and 13-10 after two. New Life closed to within 21-19 with a five-run sixth inning, but couldn't come closer.

"It's a phenomenal game when you have both sides having that kind of score," New Life head coach Emily Evans said. "I mean there's nothing wrong with the fact that both teams — and it was more like a football score than a softball score—were hitting the ball really well.

"We had some great plays in the field," Evans added. "Our improvement in certain areas like our cutoffs is coming along so nicely. We might have sacrificed working on one thing, but the fact that the things we have worked on are coming along is really nice to see."

New Life is slated to host St. Paul Johnson (0-3) Tuesday in a game starting at 4 p.m.