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College softball: Lady Jays drop three to start season

DAILY GLOBE ROSEMOUNT -- The Minnesota West softball team didn't get a win Thursday in the Irish Dome Tournament, but first-year head coach Sam Lynn said it already showed tremendous improvement. "I told them afterward that from the first game to...

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ROSEMOUNT - The Minnesota West softball team didn’t get a win Thursday in the Irish Dome Tournament, but first-year head coach Sam Lynn said it already showed tremendous improvement.
“I told them afterward that from the first game to the third game I saw them make so many adjustments and make so many improvements,” she said. “That was really good to see.”
The Lady Jays were held hitless in their opener, a 15-0 loss at the hands of Rainy River. That game was followed by a contest with Southern Division frontrunner Ridgewater that the Warriors won 22-3. West led most its final game against Central Lakes, but a three-run sixth put the Raiders on top for good as the Jays fell to 0-3 with an 11-10 loss.
Two crucial errors in the top of the third inning opened the door to a 12-run inning for Rainy River in the opener. That was more than enough insurance for Voyageurs starting pitcher Deven Chandler. The freshman from Moscow, Idaho, twirled a five-inning no-hitter.
“Right away at the beginning I thought the kids looked a little nervous,” Lynn said. “Getting used to it can be tough at first.”
Rebecca Kazemba took the loss for the Lady Jays. She allowed nine earned runs on 10 hits while striking out three and walking four over five innings.
Ridgewater - a team Lynn predicted will win the MCAC title this year - scored 11 runs in the first inning before adding seven in the second. That put it up 18-0 before West broke through on a three-run third. The big blow in that frame was a two-run double by Paige Kinley that scored Sonja Peters and Kazemba.
Kinley went the distance in the pitchers’ circle. She struck out three and walked three.
The Lady Jays got their bats going in the final game. They smacked 13 hits and were on top until the top of the sixth.
The offense broke free in the bottom of the second when Kinley - who went 3-for-5 with a double, a home run and five RBIs - crushed a three-run bomb. A three-run third put them on top 9-3, but Central Lakes regained the lead with four in the fifth and three in the sixth.
Along with Kinley’s big game, Dani Hermeling, Peters, Bailey Tish and Heidi Nolte all had two hits each. Becca Linder pitched 5.1 innings, striking out five, walking three and allowing 11 hits in the process.
The Lady Jays will be back in action on Friday and Saturday next week at the MCAC Crossover Tournament in Rochester.
R-H-E
MN West 00 0 00 - 0 0 3
Rainy R 0012 3x - 15 10 0
R-H-E
MN West 003 00 - 3 3 2
Ridgewater 1174 0x - 22 20 0
R-H-E
Cent. L 030 143 0 - 11 11 1
MN West 063 000 1 - 10 13 1

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