Nielsen has big game, Windom Area defeats Worthington 11-1

Nielsen pitched a five inning complete softball game and struck out 11.

Windom Eagles pitcher Anja Nielsen (8) winds up to throw during a Thursday afternoon game in Worthington against the Trojans.
Windom Eagles pitcher Anja Nielsen (8) pitched a complete game Thursday afternoon in Worthington against the Trojans.
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WORTHINGTON — Windom Area freshman pitcher Anja Nielsen dazzled on the mound in a 11-1 victory over Worthington on Thursday.

Nielsen pitched a complete five inning game and allowed just three base runners, striking out 11. Nielsen had good velocity, and a lot of rise. She allowed one hit and no walks.

Nielsen was always a threat to strike her batters out and she turned several hitter’s counts into strikeouts.

“My rise was very good today – I think I struck most of my batters out with that,” said Nielsen. “I look at the scoreboard and see what my count is. I always think ‘keep going you are not going to walk this girl’ – you always have to have that winning mentality of striking the girl out.”

Nielsen went 1-for-4 from the plate with two RBIs.


Windom Eagles Hailey Veenker (10) slides into home plate as Worthington Trojans relief  pitcher Hannah McNab (11) covers home plate waiting on the ball Thursday afternoon.
Windom Eagles Hailey Veenker (10) slides home as Worthington Trojans relief pitcher Hannah McNab (11) covers the plate on Thursday afternoon.
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The Eagles were patient at the plate and worked several pitcher’s counts into walks. Windom had 11 walks in the game.

“We really work well together and focus on what we need to do first,” said Nielsen. “Everyone has confidence in each other and we can all make plays.”

The Trojans threw two pitchers in the game. Abigail Linder started the game but was pulled in the second. Hannah McNab pitched an inning and two-thirds before being pulled for a returning Linder. Linder allowed five hits in her two appearances and two walks. None of the five runs scored against Linder were earned.

The Trojans lone run came in the bottom of the second inning. Lauren Nelson reached first and was scored by Katy Welch in the subsequent at-bat.

The Eagles scored 11 runs on six hits and 11 walks. Ada Smith scored three runs. Kadyn Paulson, Olivia Hoffman and Tristyn Maras scored two runs each. Paulson hit a triple, and the Eagles had three extra base hits.

Worthington committed three errors and Windom Area had two errors.

The Trojans’ season record moves to 1-2, the Eagles improve their record to 1-2. Worthington will play in a softball doubleheader against Jordan and New Prague on Friday.

Windom Area 054 20 – 11 6 2


Worthington 010 00 – 1 1 3

Dominic Burns is a reporter at the Globe who covers general news and sports.
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