College softball: Lady Jays experience long weekend of frustration
FERGUS FALLS — Easter weekend probably couldn’t have come soon enough for the Minnesota West Lady Jays softball team.
The Jays began a chartered bus trip for two games in Fergus Falls on Friday, then were scheduled to play two more at Willmar on Saturday. But on Friday night, Ridgewater called a postponement, saying the field wasn’t ready for play. The Lady Jays, their game schedule shortened by half, finally made it back to Worthington late Friday night — with two more losses, and nothing to erase the memory but sharing Easter Sunday with their families.
Minnesota West fell to 5-19 on the 2014 season with a narrow 5-4 first-game loss Friday to Fergus Falls, then a 10-5 setback in the nightcap.
The first game was a defeat snatched from the jaws of victory.
West (5-19) led 4-1 but couldn’t hold it.
“The first game was really kind of a bummer,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “We had the lead and we gave up three unearned runs in the fourth inning to let them tie it up.”
Fergus Falls scored a run in the bottom of the sixth to knot the game at 4-4, but in the seventh Minnesota West’s leadoff hitter reached on a single. However, the next hitter popped the ball up when attempting a sacrifice bunt and the runner was doubled off.
Christine Kazemba went the distance in the pitcher’s circle for West. She was 4-for-4 at the plate with two doubles and three RBI. Bailey Tish and Kari Suby added two hits apiece.
Jurnea Harberts took the loss in the second game. Macey Edwards was 2-for-2 with the bat and Jenny Majerus hit a two-run single in the fourth.
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