Minnesota West softball: Lady Jays win twice
ROSEMOUNT — Minnesota West’s fortunes turned for the better at the plate in a pair of softball contests for the Lady Jays in Rosemount Friday.
The Lady Jays, notching their first two wins of the season, beat Itasca in the first game, 9-7, and followed it up with a win over Minnesota State-Fergus Falls, 10-2, afterward.
West is now 2-7 on its season.
Lady Jays 9, Itasca 7
A balanced group effort lifted Minnesota West over Itasca. The Lady Jays had solid hitting up-and-down their lineup for 13 hits in the game.
Lindsey Drooger finished a perfect 3-of-3 at the plate with a pair of runs scored, an RBI and a stolen base. Kristin Anderson was 2-of-3 with two runs scored and a trio of RBI. First-year pitcher Jurnea Harberts had a run scored on two hits while Kari Suby scored two runs and stole a base on two hits.
In the circle, Harberts went the entire distance of seven innings, walking just two and striking out five. Harberts allowed five earned runs in the game as Itasca put four across in the sixth inning, but couldn’t get over the hump.
Itasca 0 0 2 0 1 4 0 —7
West 0 0 3 2 0 3 1 — 9
Lady Jays 10, FFalls 2
The Lady Jays finished off an impressive performance against the Fergus Falls Spartans by eight-run rule in five innings.
Minnesota West had 10 runs scored on 11 hits in the game and committed just two errors in the field.
Jenny Majerus connected for a 2 RBI double as part of a three-run second inning. The Lady Jays scored seven more in the fourth inning with help from a two-run double by Harberts.
Kristine Kazemba earned the win in the circle for Minnesota West, pitching all five innings and allowing four hits for two runs, with one of them earned. She walked none and struck out four.
“It was exactly the same story and the two games were really mirror images of each other,” Hayenga-Hostikka said. “It was refreshing to see.”
FFalls 0 2 0 0 0 — 2
West 0 3 0 7 0 — 10