College softball: West loses chance at split with Fergus Falls
WORTHINGTON — Until the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against M State-Fergus Falls, Minnesota West’s recent softball performances have been excruciating.
The Lady Jays lost Wednesday’s Game Two, 8-7 in eight innings — which was excruciating in its own way — but their performance was a marked improvement over the previus three games. On Tuesday, West committed 12 errors in home losses to Ridgewater, 10-3 and 9-0. And in the first game Wednesday against Fergus Falls, they committed eight more errors in a 10-7 setback.
In the nightcap at College Field, the Jays committed five more errors. But they balanced that with many more positive plays.
They started quick, plating four first inning runs highlighted by a two-run, two-out Jenny Majerus triple and made a 4-1 lead stand through four innings.
Fergus Falls took the lead with a five-run fifth, but West tied the score 6-6 on RBI singles by Majerus and pinch hitter Lindsey Drooger. Both teams scored single runs in the seventh — West’s coming on a bunt hit from Brittney Hermeling to score a runner from third. Fergus Falls re-took the lead in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Tanis Lura.
Christine Kazemba went the distance as pitcher for the Jays. Teresa Moenkedick won in relief for the Spartans and Nellie Pratt picked up a save.
In the first game, the Spartans’ Brett Brockpahler outduelled West’s Jurnea Harberts for the win. The Lady Jays used a six-run second inning to take a 7-2 lead but it would not hold up as errors hurt the home team early.
Hermeling had three hits and Harberts two in Game One.
The losses moved West to 3-12.
“There’s no doubt we’ve got to clean up the defense,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka after the Game Two loss. “We can’t give up so many unearned runs. We’re not a power-hitting team, so we’ve got to shore up the defense.”
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FFalls 204 200 2 — 10 7 1
Lady Jays 160 000 0 — 7 9 8
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FFalls 100 050 11 — 8 13 3
Lady Jays 400 020 10 — 7 11 5