Prep softball: Worthington, Windom Area split
WINDOM — One rough inning was all that separated Worthington from a Southwest Conference sweep over Windom Friday.
The Trojans were electric in the opener as they put up 17 runs on 16 hits in a 17-6, run-rule victory. Windom responded with a five-run first inning in the nightcap. That ended up being just enough as the Eagles went on to force the split with a 6-4 win.
Worthington didn’t waste any time getting the bats rolling in game one. It put up four runs and held a comfortable 4-1 advantage after the first. It put the game away in the second with eight more runs and added five for insurance in the top of the fourth.
Paige Kinley had a huge game for the Trojans. She went four innings and allowed five runs to get the win in the pitcher’s circle, but did most of her talking with the bat. The senior finished the opener 3-for-4 with a grand slam home run and four runs scored. Becca Linder was a perfect 4-for-4 with three doubles and five runs batted in. Brooke Henning added a solid game at the plate by going 3-for-3 with three trips home.
Meghan Vesey went two innings pitched and 12 earned runs.
A big first for Windom proved to be the difference in game two. The Eagles put a five-spot on the board to take a 5-0 lead before the Trojans even had a chance at the plate. Worthington starting pitcher Carly Byrne settled down to throw what head coach Josh Wasmund said was one of her best performances of the season and allowed just one run after the first. Kelly Riordan held the bats in check and picked up the win for Windom.
Worthington made a game of it by scoring one in the first and two in the second, but Riordan gave up just one after that in a complete game performance. She allowed four earned on 13 hits and struck out three. Alyssa Fast was 2-for-3 at the plate.
Linder added to her night with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate during which she slammed a home run, making her 7-of-8 on the evening. Allie Bruns was 3-for-3 with a double with Aleanna Heig finishing 2-for-2 and Liz Hayenga going 3-fo-4. Byrnes struck out seven and allowed six hits in the loss.
R H E
WHS 480 50 — 17 16 0
WA 120 21 — 6 5 1
R H E
WA 500 010 0 — 6 6 0
WHS 120 010 0 — 4 13 3
PA 8-15, RV 0-0
PIPESTONE — Pipestone Area got a no-hit performance from Kelly Nettik in the second game of its doubleheader against Redwood Valley Friday on its way to capping off a dominant evening.
The Arrows improved to 12-0 overall as they finished with a 23-0 advantage on the scoreboard — 8-0 in game one and 15-0 in game two — while out-hitting the Cardinals 27-4.
Nettik struck out six and walked only one during her no-hitter in game two. She also went 2-for-4 at the plate with a grand slam and six RBIs. Brittany Evans added to the onslaught with a 4-for-4 performance while Libby Schneider was 2-for-2 with a double and three RBIs.
In the first game, Shelby Bloemendaal fanned six and didn’t walk anyone in a shutout performance. Nettik got her night rolling with a 3-for-4 showing at the plate to which she added a double and two ribbies. Schneider was 3-for-3 with a double and two driven in while Bianca Claussen went 2-for-4.
R H E
RV 000 000 0 — 0 4 3
PA 050 111 x — 8 13 0
R H E
PA 352 50 — 15 14 0
RV 000 00 — 0 0 3