College softball: Lady Jays do some good things, lose twice
WORTHINGTON — There’s no sense trying to sugar-coat it. The Minnesota West softball team is 5-22 on the spring season. The Lady Jays dropped two more games at home Tuesday, losing 5-3 and 11-2 to Riverland Community College in an afternoon doubleheader.
But it’s not all bad. Really, it isn’t.
The Lady Jays out-hit Riverland in the first game, 13-10. The first four batters in the lineup amassed 10 hits. Brittany Hermeling, the Jays’ swift leadoff hitter who seems to beat out as many of her slap attempts as she doesn’t, went 3-for-4. Jenny Majerus was 2-for-4, Christine Kazemba 3-for-4 and Bailey Tish 2-for-4.
Alas, the bottom of the order didn’t match the productivity of the first four, and West went down in defeat.
As for the second game — a game that got out of hand early when Riverland scored two first inning runs and added five in the second — helped along by seven consecutive hits — the Lady Jays put up a few noteworthy innings of their own.
Pitcher Jurnea Harberts faced the minimum number of Blue Devils hitters three times — in the third, fourth and fifth innings. Those other three innings didn’t go quite as well, but head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka was in the mood for positive feelings after the twinbill ended.
“We just had that disaster in the second. Other than that, we did some good things. We had three innings where we shut ‘em down 1-2-3.”
Kazemba was the Jays’ pitcher of record in the first game, walking no one and striking out no one in allowing the 10 Riverland hits.
In the second inning of the second game, which went just six innings, a combination of hits and errors doomed the home team to having to fight back from a big deficit. A two-base outfifeld error following a single and a high throw to first base on an infield grounder set the table for an onslaught. A few of those seven consecutive hits weren’t hit hard, but they all found soft spots to land.
West scored both its runs in the third inning with two out. A poor throw to first base on a Hermeling bouncer scored the first run from third, then Hermeling scored on a solid double by Majerus.
But as Riverland went down quickly in three innings, West went down 1-2-3 at hands of Riverland starter Brooke Erickson in the first, second, fourth, fifth and sixth frames.
R H E
Riverland 101 021 0 — 5 10 1
MWest 101 000 1 — 3 13 3
R H E
Riverland 250 004 — 11 9 1
MWest 002 000 — 2 3 4