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Minnesota West softball: Execution spotty for Lady Jays

BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE Minnesota West Lady Jay Christine Kazemba delivers a pitch during Tuesday’s game in Worthington.

doug wolter

WORTHINGTON — There were opportunities, sure. But few of the chips were cashed in for the Minnesota West Lady Jays softball team in two home losses Tuesday to Southern Division opponent Ridgewater.

The Warriors defeated the Jays 10-3 and 9-0 at the local college field, dropping the home team to 3-10.

Ridgewater, now 12-4, out-hit West 14-5 in the first game and took advantage of five errors. The Warriors out-hit West 8-3 in the second game and used seven more Lady Jay errors.

Ridgewater played errorless ball in both games.

Minnesota West’s downfall in the first game was a five-run Ridgewater second inning — all the runs scoring after two were out. The big hit was a run-producing double by Danielle Emkes. A drag hit for an infield single, a wild pitch and a throwing error also hurt the hosts.

Midway through the game, West starting pitcher Christine Kazemba seemed to hit her stride, getting a good feel for her change-up, which only made her fastball harder to hit.

But her teammates didn’t help her much. The Jays’ best chance for a big inning was the third when they put runners on first and third base with nobody but didn’t score as the runner on first was doubled off on a soft infield liner.

West scored twice in the fourth, with Kazemba bashing an RBI double for one of the runs. She drove in another run in the fifth on a single.

Heather Horning was the winning pitcher.

In the second game Jurnea Harberts took the loss, allowing four earned runs in the five-inning game. Harberts, Bailey Tish and Kara Honius had West’s only hits, all singles.

Natasha Dallman was credited with the win for Ridgewater.

“All in all a very frustrating day,” said Minnesota West head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka. “Maybe chalk some of it up to our first time on dirt ... But there’s no excuse for that many errors.”

The Lady Jays will go at it again today at home against Fergus Falls (first game 3 p.m.). “That’s the beauty of more games tomorrow. You get a chance to put it behind you right away,” Hayenga-Hostikka said.


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Doug Wolter

Doug Wolter is the Daily Globe sports editor. He served as sports reporter, then sports editor, news editor and finally managing editor at the Daily Globe for 22 years before leaving for seven years to work as night news editor at the Mankato Free Press in Mankato. Doug now lives in Worthington with his wife, Sandy. They have three children and seven grandchildren. Doug, retired after a lengthy career in fast-pitch softball, enjoys reading, strumming his acoustic guitar and hanging around his grandchildren. He also writes books on fiction. Two of his stories, "The Genuine One" and "The Old Man in Section 129" have been distributed through a national publisher.

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