Softball roundup — JM splits, while Mayo and Century fall
Kristie Mueller’s two-run double in the fifth inning proved to be the difference in the Rochester Lourdes softball team’s 6-4 victory over Hayfield on Thursday night.
Hayfield scored four runs in the sixth inning, but the Eagles held on for the win.
The Eagles played great defense and did not make an error.
Morgan Maiers earned the win for Lourdes. She tossed seven innings, allowing four runs on six hits, while striking out six and walking two.
Mueller went 2-for-2 two a pair of doubles and three RBIs. Carrie Bauer had one RBI and a stolen base, and Nicole Nelson added one RBI and three stolen bases.
Laura Wagner took the loss for Hayfield. She tossed six innings, allowing six runs on eight hits, while walking three and striking out four.
Dani Wagner had a big game for the Vikings. She had a double and two RBIs.
The Eagles improved to 2-2 overall and in the HVL, while Hayfield dropped to 0-3 overall and in the HVL.
LOURDES 6, HAYFIELD 4
Hayfield 000 004 0 — 4 6 1
Lourdes ..... 021 021 0 — 6 8 0
Hayfield: Dani Wagner 1-3, 2B, 2 RBIs; Renee Stier 1-3, RBI. LP: Laura Wagner 6 IP, 8 H, 6 R, 3 BB, 4 K.
Lourdes: Kristie Mueller 2-2, 2 2Bs, 3 RBIs; Carrie Bauer 1-3, RBI, SB; Nicole Nelson 1-3, RBI, 3 SB; WP: Morgan Maiers 7 IP, 6 H, 4 R, 2 BB, 6 K.
MANKATO EAST 3, MAYO 2
Bohlen strong in loss
Rochester Mayo had a baserunner in the bottom of the seventh inning but couldn’t push the run across and dropped a 3-2 decision to Mankato East on Thursday night in Big Nine Conference softball action.
The Spartans fell behind 3-0 after two innings, but they rallied for two runs in the sixth.
"East strung some hits together in the first inning, and along with a walk and a misplay, scored two runs," Mayo coach Steve Riles said. "They scored another unearned run in the second."
After the second, Sarah Bohlen and the defense kept East in check. Bohlen tossed seven innings, allowing three runs (one earned) on seven hits, while walking three and striking out eight.
Emma Leof drove in both Mayo runs. Makinzee Kazeck and Gabrielle Laures had one hit and one run scored apiece. Kelli Anderson and Bohlen added one hit each.
"It was very pleasing to see Sarah Bohlen shake off the first two innings and go on to pitch a great game the rest of the way," Riles said. "Freshman Gabrielle Laures got her first base hit in the sixth as a varsity softball player at Mayo. Freshman Makinzee Kazeck is now 5-for-11 in her first year at the varsity level."
Mayo dropped to 3-2 overall and is back in action Tuesday with a doubleheader at Austin. Mayo goes to 3 and 2 and plays two games in Austin on Tuesday.
MANKATO EAST 3, MAYO 2
Mankato East 210 000 0 — 3 7 0
Mayo 000 002 0 — 2 5 1
WP: Cole Ries. LP: Sarah Bohlen.
FARIBAULT 4, CENTURY 1
Errors cost Panthers
Century took a 1-0 lead in the first inning, but it didn’t stick as Faribault scored four runs in the fifth to earn a 4-1 Big Nine Conference victory.
Breanna Bjerke hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Alanna Battey in the first inning for the Panthers.
Century pitcher Jenessa Johnson held the Falcons scoreless until the fifth inning. All four Faribault runs were unearned, thanks to two Century errors in the fifth.
Century put two runners on in the seventh but couldn’t push a run across.
Johnson had a career high eight strikeouts in the loss. She walked just one batter and did not allow an earned run.
"Jenessa took a hard-luck loss," Century coach Tim Strain said. "She pitched her best game of the season, but a couple of mistakes from our defense in the fifth proved to be the difference.
"We battled all night long, but we’re just not coming up with that big hit right now. We’re hitting the ball hard though, so hopefully things will turn around for us."
FARIBAULT 4, CENTURY 1
Faribault 000 040 0 — 4 5 1
Century 100 000 0 — 1 5 2
WP: Lehmann. LP: Jenessa Johnson.
JOHN MARSHALL 2-4, OWATONNA 5-2
Rockets earn split
Rochester John Marshall dropped the opening game of a Big Nine Conference doubleheader against Owatonna, but the Rockets bounced back and won Game 2.
The Rockets fell 5-2 in the opener. Chelsee Feuerhelm took the pitching loss. She tossed six innings, allowing three earned runs on seven hits, while walking one and striking out two.
Sarah Armstrong paced John Marshall at the plate, going 2-for-3 with a triple and a run scored. Kristen Thelen was 2-for-3 with a run scored and two stolen bases.
Jamie VonRuden led Owatonna, going 3-for-3 with a run scored.
"It was a tough first game for us; we weren’t ready to play, we weren’t aggressive at the plate, and we made too many errors in the field," JM coach Thang Nguyen said.
The Rockets turned things around in Game 2, belting 10 hits in a 4-2 win.
Jessa Hohnstein earned the pitching win. She went seven innings, striking out five and allowing one earned run on four hits.
Jamie Schacht and Kristen Thelen had huge games at the plate for the Rockets. Schacht went 3-for-4 with two runs scored, while Thelen was 3-for-4 with a double, a triple, two RBIs and a run scored.
"Offensively, it was a much better game for us; we came out and really attacked the ball," Nguyen said. "We still had too many errors and allowed Owatonna to get back in the game with a bad inning. Freshman Jamie Schacht made the most of her first varsity start with a nice game at the plate."
JM is now 3-1 overall, while Owatonna is 1-4. The Rockets are back in action at noon Saturday at Rochester Century.
OWATONNA 5, JOHN MARSHALL 2
John Marshall 100 001 0 — 2 6 4
Owatonna 010 400 x — 5 7 0
WP: Ellen Heydon. LP: Chelsee Feuerhelm.
JOHN MARSHALL 4, OWATONNA 2
John Marshall 101 000 2 — 4 10 4
Owatonna 000 002 0 — 2 4 0
WP: Jessa Hohnstein. LP: Mussman.