Prep softball: Pipestone Area shuts out Worthington
WORTHINGTON -- Pipestone Area seemed to do everything right Thursday in its season opener, and Worthington didn't do itself any favors.The Arrows scored 15 unearned runs -- aided by 12 Trojan errors -- in an 18-0 Big South Conference victory for ...
WORTHINGTON - Pipestone Area seemed to do everything right Thursday in its season opener, and Worthington didn’t do itself any favors.
The Arrows scored 15 unearned runs - aided by 12 Trojan errors - in an 18-0 Big South Conference victory for the visitors.
“Is Pipestone a good team? Absolutely,” Worthington head coach Josh Wasmund said. “Did we make them look a lot better than they are? Yes, we did.”
Meanwhile, Pipestone Area didn’t commit a single miscue in the field. It was aggressive on the basepaths and put the ball in play. On top of that, pitchers Shelby Bloemendaal and Tiffany Evans combined to throw a five-inning, two-hit shutout.
Arrows’ head coach Troy Bouman had plenty to be happy about after the game.
“In the game of softball, when a team gives you extra outs, that gives you a good chance to put up a crooked number,” he said. “We did that in the first inning and that got us out to a nice start. That’s one thing we try to preach: playing a clean game ourselves and taking advantage of what the other team gives us.”
Pipestone Area certainly did that in the first inning. Taylor Nesvold bunted for a hit, stole second and took the extra base on a Trojans’ throwing error. Another WHS miscue on a ball hit by Rachel Skyberg allowed her to score the game’s first run. Tarryn Woelber followed with a double and Skyberg came around to make it 2-0.
Kirsten Houg and Evans reached on back-to-back Worthington errors, the second of which pushed two more runs across. Brooke Manzey followed with a double and Logan Winter singled before Abby Hollingsworth cracked a double to deep right. By inning’s end, the Arrows had seven runs - only two of which were earned - on five hits and four Trojan errors.
“I’m happy with the way the girls played,” Bouman said. “We ran the bases well and we hit the ball hard. I thought the girls did a great job doing the little things.”
Bloemendaal followed by setting the Trojans down in order in the bottom of the inning. She got even more help for her offense when Evans singled and Manzey doubled to plate two more runs in the second. Hollingsworth, a freshman, blasted a solo home run to deep center to lead off the third. Four more runs scored without the benefit of a hit and Pipestone Area led 14-0.
The unearned runs negated what was a solid performance by Worthington starter Erin Benz. She allowed three earned runs on 11 hits, struck out two and walked one over three-and-one-third innings.
“Erin pitched a good game, she just couldn’t get any help from her defense,” Wasmund said.
After three perfect innings in the pitcher’s circle during which she struck out four, Bloemendaal gave way to Evans. The first batter she faced, Olivia Peterson, laced a single to center to give the Trojans their first baserunner. Madison Neuberger added another single in the bottom of the fifth.
Despite a solid-looking stat sheet for the Arrow pitching staff, Worthington hit the ball hard off of both hurlers.
“We really focused on that in practice yesterday,” Wasmund said. “The girl we saw on Tuesday against Fairmont threw pretty hard so we worked on speeding up our bats. I was OK with that. We just need to work on our defense.”
Hollingsworth finished the night 2-for-3 with a double, a home run, three RBIs and two runs scored for the Arrows. Manzey was 2-for-3 two doubles and an RBI. Nesvold added a 2-for-4 showing that included three runs scored while Woelber and Houg both went 2-for-5.
Peterson and Neuberger were both 1-for-2 for Worthington. Ponto gave up just one hit while walking two and striking out two in relief. Evans fanned four in relief for PA.
The Trojans (0-2 overall, 0-2 Big South) are back at home tonight against Blue Earth Area. Pipestone Area (1-0 overall, 1-0 Big South) are on the road for a doubleheader against Le Sueur-Henderson.
“We’re gonna face a good team,” Bouman said. “It should be fun.”
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Pipestone 725 30 - 18 12 0
Worthington 000 00 - 0 2 12