Wildcats claim 7-5 non-conference victory over Knights (softball wrap-up)
BREWSTER -- After being defeated in all 10 of its softball games in April, Southwestern United has played well and won two straight games to open May.
Building a 7-1 lead after five innings, the Wildcats (1-5, 2-10) claimed a 7-5 non-conference win over Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain Monday.
The visiting Knights (1-7), who rallied with a pair of runs in both the sixth and seventh innings, had runners on second and third with one out in the top of the seventh.
The Wildcats ended the threat when Anna Obermoller (center field) made her fourth catch of the game and tossed to Roshay Reimers (second base) for SWU's third double up double play of the game.
Reimers had a total of five putouts and two assists, as she was involved in all three double plays.
Kasey McNab, who pitched all seven innings, paced the Wildcat offense with three hits and a pair of RBI's. McNab struck out four Knights and made a trio of fine fielding plays in the circle.
Sarah Schmitz, Karen Schmitz and Elly Schmitz (two hits) each drove in runs for SWU with third-inning base hits. McNab, Christine Kazemba and Sarah Schmitz each scored twice and Beth Moshier had a hit for the Wildcats, who play at Edgerton today.
Bethany Flohrs, who recorded 11 strikeouts in six innings, had a pair of hits and crossed the plate three times to lead the Knights.
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SWU 004 030 X--7 8 5
Windom 12, St. James 11, (10 innings)
ST. JAMES -- With the tying run thrown out at the plate in the bottom of the 10th inning, the Windom Eagles captured a non-conference softball victory Monday.
Mallory Shellum (3-for-5, two runs, two RBI) drove in Jaque Peterson and Nikki Stenzel (2-for-5, three runs) for St. James (4-7) in the bottom of the last inning to pull St. James within one.
Windom's Karissa Borsgard later threw out Shellum at home trying to score from first base on a single to deep right-center field to end the game and give Windom (5-8) the victory.
With the game was tied at 7-all after seven innings, the Eagles were able to score a pair of runs in the ninth.
Borsgard (2-for-6, three runs, two RBI, two stolen bases) reached on an error and stole second. Malori Paplow (2-for-5, two runs, RBI) then walked, and both runners were able to advance on a wild pitch. Megan Mattson (2-for-4, three RBI) drove in both runners with a two RBI double to give Windom a 9-7 advantage.
However, St. James was able to score two runs in the bottom of the ninth to send the game into another inning.
Borsgard came through again for the Eagles with a two-RBI single, and later scored what proved to be the winning run for Windom.
Steph Utech threw all 10 innings for Windom, allowing seven earned runs while walking three and striking out four.
Shellum threw six innings and allowed four earned runs on five hits while walking four and striking out eight in relief.
The Eagles will host a Southwest Conference doubleheader today against Luverne.
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Minneota 5, Edgerton 4 (9 innings)
EDGERTON -- Plating the deciding run in the top of the ninth, the visting Minneota Vikings (5-4) edged Edgerton (4-8) in a non-conference game.
Katie Hadler pitched well for the Flying Dutchmen, who held a 3-1 lead after four innings. Hadler did not walk a batter in nine innings, while striking out five and giving up just five hits and only two earned runs.
At the plate, EHS had six players combine for 10 hits, as Hailey Van Kley (3-for-5) knocked in a trio of runs.
Alyson Drooger (2-for-4) and Sammi Vanden Bosch (2-for-5) also had multiple hits for the Dutchmen, while Emily Sluis, Dulci Boyum and Macy Butson had a hit each. Vanden Bosch ripped a double and scored twice for Edgerton, which hosts Southwestern United today.
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EHS 100 201 000--4 10 7
New Ulm 2, JCC 0
JACKSON -- Stranding 10 runners on base, Jackson County Central was unable to push across a run, as the New Ulm Eagles posted a two-score victory over the Huskies.
JCC (8-3) did rap five hits and drew four walks in the game, but Eagle hurler Becca Loose (three strikeouts) was able to get the fielding support she needed to keep the Huskies from crossing the plate.
Kate Rentschler pitched a four-hitter for JCC and did not give up an earned run, while striking out two and walking just two.
At the plate, Rentschler smacked a double, while Megan Bezdicek, Shalee Nelson, Stacey Schuller and Angela Traetow all had singles for the Huskies, who travel to Marshall today for a Southwest Conference doubleheader with the Tigers.
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JCC 000 000 0 -- 0 5 2