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College softball: West loses chance at split with Fergus Falls

Minnesota West Lady Jay leadoff hitter Brittany Hermeling slaps a pitch for a base hit during Wednesday’s game in Worthington. BRIAN KORTHALS/DAILY GLOBE

WORTHINGTON — Until the second game of Wednesday’s doubleheader against M State-Fergus Falls, Minnesota West’s recent softball performances have been excruciating.

The Lady Jays lost Wednesday’s Game Two, 8-7 in eight innings — which was excruciating in its own way — but their performance was a marked improvement over the previus three games. On Tuesday, West committed 12 errors in home losses to Ridgewater, 10-3 and 9-0. And in the first game Wednesday against Fergus Falls, they committed eight more errors in a 10-7 setback.

In the nightcap at College Field, the Jays committed five more errors. But they balanced that with many more positive plays.

They started quick, plating four first inning runs highlighted by a two-run, two-out Jenny Majerus triple and made a 4-1 lead stand through four innings.

Fergus Falls took the lead with a five-run fifth, but West tied the score 6-6 on RBI singles by Majerus and pinch hitter Lindsey Drooger. Both teams scored single runs in the seventh — West’s coming on a bunt hit from Brittney Hermeling to score a runner from third. Fergus Falls re-took the lead in the eighth on a two-out RBI single by Tanis Lura.

Christine Kazemba went the distance as pitcher for the Jays. Teresa Moenkedick won in relief for the Spartans and Nellie Pratt picked up a save.

In the first game, the Spartans’ Brett Brockpahler outduelled West’s Jurnea Harberts for the win. The Lady Jays used a six-run second inning to take a 7-2 lead but it would not hold up as errors hurt the home team early.

Hermeling had three hits and Harberts two in Game One.

The losses moved West to 3-12.

“There’s no doubt we’ve got to clean up the defense,” said head coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka after the Game Two loss. “We can’t give up so many unearned runs. We’re not a power-hitting team, so we’ve got to shore up the defense.”


FFalls 204 200 2 — 10 7 1

Lady Jays 160 000 0 — 7 9 8


FFalls 100 050 11 — 8 13 3

Lady Jays 400 020 10 — 7 11 5

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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