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College softball: Lady Jays rally for split


WILLMAR — Minnesota West put together a pair of two-out rallies to take a split with Ridgewater Community College Friday.

The Lady Jays scored all six of their runs with two outs to take the second game of the doubleheader 6-5 after dropping a tough 2-1 decision in eight innings to start the day.

After Ridgewater took an early 1-0 lead, Minnesota West put together its first two-out rally in the third to pull into a 4-1 lead.

“We got four runs on five hits and we scored all of our runs with two outs,” Jays coach Rosalie Hayenga-Hostikka said. “That was really nice to see because we’ve struggled with two outs this year. It was four really nice, hard line drives.”

The Warriors reclaimed the lead with a four-run fourth, but RBI hits for Jenny Majerus and Christine Kazemba pushed two runs across in the sixth. That gave Minnesota West the lead for good at 6-5.

Jurnea Harberts got the win, allowing just two earned runs and striking out one in seven innings. She also went 3-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Macey Edwards was 2-for-4 with one driven in.

A double down the left field line in the bottom of the eighth dashed the Jays hopes of a victory in the opener. Kazemba singled home Brittney Hermeling in the sixth to tie it at 1-1 and eventually send it to extras.

Kazemba took the hard-luck loss in 7 2/3 innings.

The Bluejays are now 7-26 overall and will finish the season with a noon doubleheader at Rochester Technical and Community College on Sunday.


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