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Rockets win 2 to start season

Rochester John Marshall opened the season with an offensive surge in sweeping a doubleheader from Albert Lea in Big Nine Conference softball on Saturday.

The Rockets rolled to 11-4 and 15-1 victories. The nightcap lasted just five innings.

"Surprisingly our bats came alive and that was nice to see," Rockets coach Thang Nguyen said.

John Marshall had two sophomore and two freshmen starters and Nguyen said the youngsters did a great job.

In the opener, Alyssa Mackey and freshman Kristen Thelen were both

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2-for-4 with two runs score. Mackey also drove in two runs. Freshman Maly Schacht got JM off to a 2-0 start with a two-run single in the first inning.

DeAnna Mock got the first of her two wins with a seven-hitter. She struck out 10. Mock pitched a two-hitter in the second game and did not allow an earned run.

Kristen Herges was 4-for-4 with five RBIs in the second game. She hit a three-run triple to highlight an eight-run fifth inning. Mackey and Thelen again both went 2-for-4 while combining for five runs scored and three RBIs. Monica Walter finished 2-for-3 with a double and run scored.

"We played real good defense, just what we were hoping for the girls to do," Thang said.

The Rockets (2-0, 2-0 Big Nine) play at Mayo on Tuesday.

JOHN MARSHALL 11, ALBERT LEA 4

First game

John Marshall 201 520 1 — 11 10 2

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Albert Lea 010 030 0 — 4 7 1

WP: DeAnn Mock 10 K, 2 BB, 4 R, 2 ER. LP: Klatt.

JM 15, ALBERT LEA 1, 5 INN.

Second game

John Marshall 140 28 — 15 16 1

Albert Lea 000 10 — 1 2 2

WP: Mock 0 ER, 2H. LP: Klatt.

Mayo blanks Century

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Junior Leah Van Wettering pitched a two-hit shutout and was also 2-for-3 at the plate as Mayo blanked Century. She did not allow a hit after the first inning.

Century’s Sarah Anderson doubled in the bottom of the first and Alexis Swanton singled. Anderson tried to score on the play, but was thrown out at home by center fielder Carly Grassle.

They played a really nice game," Century coach Tim Strain said. "That was our only threat."

Van Wettering and Ashley Stanislawski hit back-to-back doubles in the second to score Mayo’s first run.

Emma Leof hit an RBI double in the seventh as Mayo scored twice to open up the game. Leof was 2-for-3.

Van Wettering struck out seven and walked one in the win.

"She pitched a real nice game," Strain said.

Steph Klein, who allowed three earned runs, suffered the loss.

Century (0-2, 0-2 Big Nine) will play host to Red Wing on Monday and is at Winona on Tuesday. Mayo 1-0 will play host to Winona today and John Marshall on Tuesday.

MAYO 4, CENTURY 0

Mayo 110 000 2 — 4 8 0

Century 000 000 0 — 0 2 3

WP: Leah Van Wettering 7 IP, 7 K, 2 H, 1 BB. LP: Steph Klein 7 IP, 3 ER, 1 BB, 8 H.

Eagles take 2 of 3

Rochester Lourdes opened its softball season Saturday by winning two of three games at a tournament in Faribault.

Lourdes opened with a 5-4 win over West Lutheran Academy, lost 12-2 in five innings to Faribault Bethlehem Academy, and finished with a 3-2 win over United South Central.

"I guess we won one game coming from behind (against West Lutheran) and we held on to win one (against USC), so that was the good news," said Lourdes coach Doc Johnson.

"I’ve got a lot of kids that don’t have a lot of varsity experience, but I think our team is going to come along nicely as the season progresses."

Highlights for Lourdes included freshman pitcher Paige Leyendecker’s complete-game win against West Lutheran. She had three strikeouts and one walk. Anna Canfield was 2-for-3 with two RBI in the win over USC.

Lourdes (2-1) is at Hayfield on Tuesday, and is home Thursday against Triton.

FARIBAULT TOURNAMENT

LOURDES 5, WEST LUTHERAN ACAD. 4

First game

Lourdes 000 003 2 — 5 5 1

West Lutheran 000 040 0 — 4 6 0

Lourdes: Courtney Miller 1-3, 2 RBI. WP: Paige Leyendecker, 7 IP, 3 K, 1 BB.

Notes: Kelly Geisler had an RBI single for the tying run in the seventh, and Gretchen Leyendecker walked and scored the winning run on a passed ball.

FARIBAULT B.A. 12, LOURDES 2, 5 INN.

Second game

Lourdes 110 00 — 2 4 3

Faribault B.A. 360 12 — 12 8 1

Lourdes: LP: Laura Melquist, 2 IP.

LOURDES 3, UNITED SOUTH CENTRAL 2

United South Central 000 002 0 — 2 6 2

Lourdes 003 000 x — 3 6 1

Lourdes: Anna Canfield 2-3, 2 RBI. WP: Lindsay Frie, 7 IP, 2 K, 0 BB.

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