Prep softball: MCC tops SWU; JCC sweeps Luverne
SLAYTON — A four-run sixth inning and stellar performances from a trio of senior veterans helped Murray County Central claim a season-opening 10-7 high school softball victory over Southwestern United Tuesday afternoon.
Bailey Jacobsen went the distance in the circle for the Rebels, striking out seven Wildcats. She surrendered just three walks, while scattering seven hits.
At the plate, Kendra Blomgren (3-for-4) and Lissa Carlson (3-for-3) each drove in three runs for MCC and combined for six of the Rebels eight hits off SWU sophomore pitcher Ida Rogers-Ferguson.
Rogers-Ferguson pitched all seven frames for the Wildcats, striking out five Rebels and walking four. SWU catcher Stephanie Kazemba, just an eighth-grader, paced her team at the plate with a 2-for-4 day.
R H E
Southwestern United 311 000 2 — 7 7 4
Murray County Central 202 024 X — 10 8 4
JCC 23-3, Luverne 3-2
LUVERNE — It was a wild doubleheader in Luverne for the Jackson County Central Huskies and the Luverne Cardinals, with the Huskies taking both games by scores of 23-3 and 3-2.
Generating the 23 runs for the Huskies in the first game was a definite collaborative effort. Kathryn Nasby, Megan Edlin and Jodian Tirevold each had three hits apiece. Blaney Markman and Jayde Price each had three hits each, and Sydney Nyborg had four hits, including a triple. The winning pitcher was Moira Carlson. Carlson finished the game with four walks with four hits, and seven strikeouts.
The second game ended up being a much closer game, with JCC unable to muster the same amount of offense as the previous game. Brittany Woodke finished as JCC’s top batter with two hits. For Luverne, both Alexis Hiller and Madilyn Oye had two hits each. The winning pitcher was Luverne’s Kelsey Kannenberg, finishing the game with eight hits, two walks and six strikeouts.
Jackson County Central 4 14 1 2 2 — 23
Luverne 0 1 2 0 0 — 3
R H E
Jackson County Central 100 100 1 — 3 7 2
Luverne 020 000 0 — 2 8 0