AUSTIN EDITION Southland loses pair of close games
PETERSON -- The Southland girls were swept in a Three Rivers Conference softball doubleheader by Rushford-Peterson on Tuesday.
Kristi Jacobson earned the pitching win in both games as the R-P Trojans took two conference games from the Southland Rebels by scores of 7-5 and 8-7.
Michelle Landherr was the starting pitcher in both games for the Rebels and took the loss in the opener. Heather Wilson came on in relief of Landherr in the late game and was saddled with the loss.
The Trojans (2-1) earned the first-game win despite getting outhit 10-6. They took advantage of eight Southland errors. Nikki Jax went 3-for-3 with a pair of doubles to lead the Rebels.
In the late game, Leah Christian went 2-for-3 with a double and Kelsey Jackson was 2-for-4 with a double. RBI singles by Kaley Clobes and Jackson in the top of the seventh inning put the Trojans ahead 8-6.
The Rebels rallied with a run in the bottom of the seventh, but it wasn't enough to stave off defeat. Shawna Bergene went 2-for-4 in the second game and Jax added another double.
Southland (0-2, 0-4) plays host to St. Charles on Thursday.
R-P 7, SOUTHLAND 5
Southland 111 001 1 -- 5 10 8
; Rushford-Peterson 003 031 x -- 7 6 1
; Landherr and Bergene; Jacobson, Grimsrud (2), Jacobson (4) and Clobes.
2B -- SOU, Jax (2).
R-P 8, SOUTHLAND 7
Rushford-Peterson 010 122 2 -- 8 10 7
; Southland 211 020 1 -- 7 10 1
; Jacobson and Christian; Landherr, Wilson (3) and Bergene.
2B -- RP, Christian, Jackson; SOU, Jax.