Prep softball: Dutchmen pound 32 hits in sweep
EDGERTON — Rapping 23 hits over five innings and scoring 13 runs in the top of the fourth Monday, the Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian Flying Dutchmen rolled to a convincing victory in Game 1 of a Red Rock Conference high school girls’ softball doubleheader against Red Rock Central.
The undefeated Dutchmen (8-0, 6-0) made it a clean sweep in Game 2 behind the two-hit, 11-strikeout pitching efforts of Tianna Top and Breanna Nelson.
Game scores were 22-1 and 10-0.
Nelson (double, triple) was a perfect 4-for-4 at the plate in the first game, as was her younger sister Jenny, who did the catching for the Dutchmen. Tanner Gunnink (3-for-4, two RBIs), Kameron Kroh (2-for-2, double, two RBIs) and the trio of Top, Marisa Fey and Sydney Esselink (each 2-for-2) also came through with multiple-hit games for E/SWC.
Laura Kastner and Mikaela Smith had the only two hits for RRC, which scored its lone run in the bottom of the fourth inning when Kastner’s sacrifice fly drove in Rachel Kedl. Kastner and Kedl each had hits for the Falcons in the second game.
Top struck out eight batters in three innings in the second game and was backed up by a 3-for-4 performance at the plate by Savannah Tinklenberg, whose two-run homer in the bottom of the sixth ended the contest. Gunnink (2-for-3) and Top (2-for-4) also had multiple-hit games for the Dutchmen.
R H E
E/SWC 034 13 2 — 22 23 1
RRC 000 10 — 1 2 4
R H E
RRC 000 000 — 0 2 5
E/SWC 034 012 — 10 9 2
Luverne 16-19, Adrian 3-1
ADRIAN — Luverne improved to 7-4 on the season with a pair of non-conference wins over Adrian.
Luverne’s Ellen Dahl struck out 10 Dragons in the opener, while yielding just three hits and three walks in five innings in the circle. Bailey Grussing took the loss for Adrian.
At the plate, Erica DeBoer (2-for-2, two runs, an RBI), Ariel DeBeer (2-for-4), Tara Sudenga (2-for-5), Ashley Olson (double, four runs, an RBI) and Alexis Hiller (double, two runs) were Luverne’s leaders.
Grussing and Devin Dreesen each had doubles for the Dragons.
Olson pitched Game 2 for the Cardinals, striking out nine. She gave up just one walk and two hits. Dreesen started in the circle for Adrian.
Olson (3-for-4, double, two runs, two RBIs), Sudenga (3-for-4, three RBIs), Dahl (2-for-3, home run, double, three runs, three RBIs) and Hiller (two-for-three, two runs) enjoyed multiple-hit games for the Cardinals.
Grussing tagged a solo home run for the Dragons in the bottom of the fourth inning.
R H E
Luverne 443 41 — 16 8 1
Adrian 100 02 — 3 3 4
R H E
Adrian 000 10 — 1 2 1
Luverne 0612 1X — 19 2 1