PREP SOFTBALL: Windom beats RRC/W-WG in extrasWINDOM — As soon as Gina Hauge hit the ball in the bottom of the ninth inning, everyone on the Windom bench knew the game was theirs for the taking.
WINDOM —As soon as Gina Hauge hit the ball in the bottom of the ninth inning, everyone on the Windom bench knew the game was theirs for the taking.
With two outs and two runners on and the Eagles trailing Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove 6-5 in the bottom of the ninth, Hauge stepped up to the plate, offering her team one final shot to claim the season opener.
Hauge smashed a shot deep to right field, causing the ball to roll all the way to the fence.
As the RRC/W-WG outfielders chased down the loose ball that eventually gave Hauge a triple, Sami Petersen scored from second base and Abby Hayenga scored from first to win the game for Windom 7-6 on Thursday.
“As soon as I hit it I knew we would win the game,” Hauge said. “I was nervous when I got up to the plate, but I knew I had to do that for our team.”
The Eagles came back from behind twice in the game.
The first time came in the seventh inning to extend the game into extra innings. Windom had been leading the majority of the game, but the Falcons took a two-run lead in the top of the seventh to make a victory slightly harder for the Eagles.
But Meegan Hanson scored on a wild pitch by RRC/W-WG’s Taylor Wilhite to bring the Eagles within one run (5-4). Then, with one out, Petersen hit a sacrifice fly to center to score Amy Elston from third to tie the game at 5-apiece. A pop fly ended the inning, sending the game into extra innings.
“It was our first game and we felt good going into it, we felt like we could win,” Hauge said. “We were nervous when it went to extra innings, but we had each other’s backs and we made it happen.”
After a scoreless eighth inning, both teams came alive in the ninth.
With two outs in the top of the inning, RRC/W-WG’s Kali Davis scored on a Meghan Vesey wild pitch to give the Falcons a 6-5 lead.
But one run wasn’t enough for the win.
With two outs, Petersen hit a single to centerfield and Hayenga followed up with a single to left. Then it was Hauge who came up for the Eagles and her hit to right field was enough for the win.
“We were fortunate that the top of our order was up in the ninth inning,” Windom head coach Paul Vesey said. “It’s nice how things work out in your favor like that sometimes. We got three good swings and then Gina’s hit was clutch. It’s a fun way to start the season.”
The Falcons (0-2) were led offensively by Klarissa Larsen (1-for-4 with a walk, an RBI and two runs scored), Katie Larsen (2-for-4 with a walk and one run scored), Davis (3-for-5 with three singles and two runs scored) and Angie Hannemann (3-for-5 with two RBIs, a double and two singles).
On the mound, Wilhite tossed all nine innings. She had four strikeouts and eight walks,
The Eagles (1-0) were led offensively by Petersen (1-for-4 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI), Hauge (1-for-4 with a triple, two RBIs and a walk) and Sarah Theesfeld (1-for-3 with an RBI and run scored).
On the mound, Meghan Vesey tossed all nine innings for Windom. She had 11 strikeouts, six walks and hit one batter.
“We were solid up and down the lineup today,” Paul Vesey said. “We didn’t have one person that carried us, everyone contributed.”
The Eagles got on the board early Thursday when Petersen scored on a wild pitch in the first inning.
Windom came right back in the second inning and scored two more runs to give the home team a 3-0 lead.
Hannah Redmond scored on a Sarah Theesfeld single. Megan Theesfeld then scored on a wild pitch.
The Falcons weren’t able to score until the fourth inning, bringing in two runs that frame to mak the score 3-2.
Klarissa Larsen scored on a throwing error by the Eagles and then Davis scored on a wild pitch.
RRC/W-WG scored two more runs in the fifth inning to give the visiting team its first lead of the afternoon.
Kendra Hagert scored on a Klarissa Larsen single and then Larsen scored later in the inning on a wild pitch.
After a scoreless sixth inning by both teams, each team scored runs in the seventh to send the game to extra innings.
Katie Larsen scored for RRC/W-WG on a Hannemann single, making the score 5-4. But Windom responded immediately with runs scored by Hanson and Elston to tie the game at 5-all.
“We’re a good team,” Hauge said. “We were constantly talking to each other on the field trying to pump each other up. I think that really helped. We made some errors defensively, but this is our first game. We’ll get better.”
RRC/W-WG’s next game is Tuesday against Southwestern United. Windom plays Monday against St. James.
And both teams know there is plenty to work on before then.
“It’s tough with the holiday weekend, you don’t really have time to practice and address things,” Paul Vesey said. “But we’ll turn around and clean up some of that situational stuff and make the defense a little cleaner. But all in all today we did pretty well.”
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