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Prep softball: Arrows hit the mark

Trojan catcher Miranda LeBrun tags out Pipestone Area baserunner Rachel Skyberg at home during the first game of a softball twinbill Tuesday. The Arrows won the game 11-0 on a no-hitter by Shelby Bloemendaal. BRIAN KORTHALS/ DAILY GLOBE

WORTHINGTON — The Pipestone Area Arrows graduated significantly from their 19-3 team of a year ago. But when a program can replenish its roster with an eighth-grader like Shelby Bloemendaal, why worry?

Bloemendaal looked like a veteran Tuesday at Centennial Fields as she twirled a five-inning no-hitter at the Trojans on a cold, windy day.

It was a good day all around for the Arrows, who won with Bloemendaal in the first game of the softball doubleheader, 11-0. PA won the second game, too, 17-1 in five innings, to drop the Trojans to 1-5 on the season.

The right-handed Bloemendaal was consistently around the plate throughout, and though the Trojans hit several of her pitches solidly, good defense kept the eighth-grader’s no-hitter in tact throughout.

Meanwhile, Pipestone Area’s Tiffany Evans, Libby Schneider and Megan Remund had two hits apiece. Kelly Nettik and Bianca Claussen each doubled in a three-run third inning.

Carly Byrne took the pitching loss for Worthington.

In the second game, Nettik went the distance for Pipestone Area and checked the Trojans on eight hits. Katie Rogers, one of three Worthington pitchers, was tagged with the loss.

She pitched well, however.

“Katie came in and really pitched good for three innings,” said WHS head coach Josh Wasmund. “It was five-nothing. We were in the game, if only we could get a run across.”

Tayla Sysavath went 3-for-3 at the plate for Pipestone Area in the second game while teammates Schneider and Remund both went 2-for-3.

The Arrows, leading 5-0 through three innings, plated 12 runs in the fourth to make the game a rout.

Paige Kinley and Becca Linder each went 2-for-3 to lead Worthington’s offense. Betsy Thompson scored the lone WHS run in the top of the fifth inning.


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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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