Prep softball: Trojans win in a rout
WORTHINGTON — The last two days may have been just what the doctor ordered for the Worthington softball team.
“Carly (Byrne) has done a nice job of keeping us in games,” Worthington coach Josh Wasmund said. “When our offense rolls like it did today, we can put up a lot of runs. It’s nice to win close games but it’s also nice to put teams away early once in a while.”
During her four years in the Trojans’ starting lineup, senior Paige Kinley has been a steady force. That hasn’t changed during the wins Thursday and Friday. After going seven innings for the pitching win on Thursday against Luverne, the senior went 4-for-4 with a triple and three RBIs in Friday’s victory.
“She’s just a great athlete,” Wasmund said. “When she’s on, she’s tough to get out.”
Katie Rogers blew the game open in the second when she ripped a two-out double to score Allie Bruns. It was part of a five-run frame that put Worthington in control at 8-2.
Byrne went all five in the win for the Trojans, striking out five in the process. Makensie Carstensen went 3-for-4 with a double with Liz Hayenga stealing three bases.
Taylor Willhite took the loss for the Falcons as she went all five and struck out two. She helped her own cause by going 2-for-3 at the plate, as did Taylor Price.
Worthington (3-6 overall, 2-4 Southwest Conference) will get back at it at 4:30 p.m. Monday when it travels to Ellsworth for a non-conference game with Adrian. RRC/WWG (0-4 overall, 0-2 Red Rock Conference) looks to snap its skid in a 4 p.m. doubleheader against Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain in Northrup.
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WHS 352 05 — 15 13 0
RRC/WWG 111 02 — 5 8 3
MCW 2, SWU 0 (8 inn.)
OKABENA — For seven innings, Ida Rogers-Ferguson of Southwestern United and Martin County West’s Sierra Williamson matched each other blow-for-blow in a classic pitcher’s duel.
Neither offense was able to get anything going against the two hurlers as the game went into extras with a pair of goose eggs still hanging on the scoreboard.
Finally, in the top of the eighth, an RBI double by Shawna Dressen followed by another run-scoring hit by Molly Klima put the Mavericks on top 2-0. Rebecca Steen came in to slam the door and the Wildcats took a tough, 2-0 non-conference loss.
Rogers-Ferguson struck out four and walked just one in her gutsy, eight-inning performance. She also was someone MCW was careful with at the plate. She walked four times and, though they weren’t intentional per se, the Maverick pitchers weren’t giving her much to hit. Rachel Mathias had the Wildcats’ biggest hit of the evening with a double.
SWU (3-3 overall) hosts Red Rock Conference foe Murray County Central at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
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SWU 000 000 00 — 0 4 2
MCW 000 000 02 — 2 8 0
JCC 9, Fairmont 4
JACKSON — Jackson County Central was looking up at a 3-2 deficit against Interstate 90 rival Fairmont going into the bottom of the fifth inning Friday.
That’s when the Huskies bats decided to make some noise.
JCC scored three runs in the fifth and four more in the second. The Cardinals could only counter with a single run in the sixth and the Huskies took a 9-4 non-conference win.
Kelsey Kannenberg put forth a solid performance on the mound to get the win for JCC. She allowed just two earned runs of five hits while fanning 10. Taylor Nuss took the loss for Fairmont after giving up 10 hits and six earned runs.
Moira Carlson had a monster game at the plate to lead the Huskies’ offensive effort. She went 3-for-4 with five RBIs and a run scored. Kannenberg chipped in three hits and drove in a pair of runs while Blaney Markman was 2-for-3 and crossed the plate three times. Tieryn Arens went 1-for-3 with two RBIs and a run for Fairmont.
JCC (6-0 overall, 4-0 Southwest) will travel to Marshall for a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday.
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JCC 020 034 x — 9 10 3
Fairmont 120 001 0 — 4 5 2
E/SWC 19, Minneota 3
MINNEOTA — Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian rolled over Minneota on its home turf Friday.
The Flying Dutchmen scored 10 runs in the first inning and cruised to a quick, 19-3 non-conference win over the Vikings.
Tianna Top was as strong as ever in the pitcher’s circle as she struck out eight and walked no one on her way to the win. Breanna Nelson came on in the fifth for mop-up duties. Tanner Gunnink had a huge night at the plate, going 4-for-4 with six RBIs. Nelson also drove in six when she pounded a double and a triple.
E/SWC (5-0 overall, 3-0 Red Rock Conference) will travel to Sanborn for a 4:30 p.m. doubleheader against Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove on Tuesday.
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E/SWC 1010 44 —19 16 0
Minneota 020 01 — 3 5 4
Adrian 11, R-T-R 5
ELLSWORTH — Adrian exploded for 15 hits Friday to break above the .500 mark.
The Dragons put on a hitting display while Bailey Grussing held the Russell-Tyler-Ruthton lineup at bay in an 11-5 non-conference win.
Danielle DeBeer and Amy Bents both came up large with the bat. DeBeer was 3-for-3 with a triple and three runs scored while Bents went 3-for-5 with three RBIs and a triple. Jody Bents enjoyed a three-hit night as well, adding a two-bagger to her statline. Grussing went all seven in the circle and surrendered just two earned on five hits while striking out three.
Nicole Enemark went the distance for the Knights, striking out four and allowing nine earned runs. She also went 2-for-3 at the plate with a solo home run.
Adrian (4-3 overall, 1-2 Red Rock Conference) will be on its home field at 4:30 p.m. again on Monday for a non-conference clash with Worthington.
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Adrian 11 15 3
R-T-R 5 5 2