Trojan Softball: LHS softball team outslugs Trojans
LUVERNE -- One way to stay warm on a cold day is to stay active -- something that the Worthington and Luverne softball teams did in Friday's Southwest Conference doubleheader, combining for 61 runs on 68 hits with 17 doubles, one triple and four long balls.
After dropping the opener 18-6 to the Cardinals and then falling behind 12-2 after three innings in the nightcap, the Trojans rallied to tie the contest at 16-all after six before losing 19-18 in eight innings.
"Our offense in that whole second game was working," WHS head coach Josh Wasmund said. "We knew we were going to score runs or have runners on. When we got a runner on, more times than not, we got her in. Every inning we were confident that we could score runs."
KC Riley slugged her fourth home run of the year in the first inning of Game 2 -- a two-run laser to left -- and added a double in the third. However, that was the only output from the Trojans' offense early as Luverne staked a 12-2 lead.
Ellen Dahl blasted a two-run homer of her own in a three-run Cardinals' start to the game, while Luverne added four runs in the second and five in the third.
After Brianna Mullaney singled home Aleanna Heig for a solo Trojans' run in the fourth, WHS sprang to life in the fifth with seven runs to cut the lead to 14-10 following an Emily Robinson two-run double for LHS in the top of the frame.
"When we got down big in the second game, we just decided to have fun," Wasmund said. "We were able to hit the ball and were able to make a game out of it."
Heig singled home two runs in the Trojans' big inning, while Valerie Cano hit an RBI double and Kara Honius had a RBI ground out.
The Trojans tied the game at 14 with four runs in the sixth as Brandie Timmerman drove in two with a double, while Cano and Paige Kinley each added RBI hits.
LHS answered with a three-run seventh to retake the lead, but the Trojans again rallied, forcing extra innings as Allie Bruns smacked a single to score Becca Linder (double), and after Heig added another safety, Timmerman plated two more with a single to tie it.
However, a Morgan Haugen two-run double in the eighth gave the Cardinals a 19-17 lead, and despite loading the bases and scratching a run across in the bottom half, the Trojans couldn't complete the comeback, falling 19-18.
"We got them in bunches," Wasmund said of the Trojans' output in Game 2. "But Luverne's a good hitting team, too. Give them credit as they had 19 hits. We outhit them (with 24 hits), but we also gave them a few extra outs with errors."
Heig led WHS, going 5-for-6 with four runs and two RBI's, while Kinley was also 5-for-6 and added two runs and an RBI. Yadirra Barragan (two runs) and Linder (three runs) each collected three hits, while Riley (two RBI's), Timmerman (two runs, four RBI's) and Cano (two runs, two RBI's) each gathered two hits.
Tara Sudenga (4-for-6 with an RBI) and Dahl (3-for-4 with four RBI's) each scored five times for LHS in Game 2, while Haugen (five RBI's) and Thompson (two RBI's) each had three hits. Cora Mumme added two singles for the Cardinals and Alexis Hiller, Reisdorfer (three runs, two RBI's), Robinson (four RBI's) and Kneip (two runs, RBI) each had a hit.
"Both teams hit the ball well," LHS head coach Steve Semmens said. "Worthington made a great comeback in the second game. They did a good job of coming back on us, but our girls did a good job of hanging in there and getting the win."
While the nightcap turned into an eventful ballgame, Reisdorfer proved to be the Cardinals' hero in the opener as the junior outfielder hit two home runs -- a grand slam in a 10-run fourth and ending the game with a three-run shot in the fifth.
"Those were her first two home runs ever," Semmens said. "So that's pretty exciting for her."
Reisdorfer added two doubles and finished Game 1 4-for-5 with seven RBI's. Thompson added three RBI's with a fourth-inning triple, while Sudenga (four runs) and Dahl (two RBI's) each went 3-for-3.
WHS received two RBI's from Linder in Game 1, while Riley, Timmerman and Heig each had one.
Worthington (2-7, 0-6) travels to St. James Area Monday, while Luverne (4-2, 3-1) hosts Adrian Area in a doubleheader the same day.
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WHS 213 0 0 -- 6 8 1
LHS 221 (10) 3 -- 18 17 1
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LHS 345 020 32 -- 19 19 3
WHS 200 174 31 -- 18 24 6