By Victoria Dahlin
After defeating Pine City and Braham, the Rush City fastpitch softball team lost a close game to Frederic/Luck last week.
On April 17, the Tigers hosted the Dragons and were down 6-4 in the bottom of the seventh inning when Miranda Anderson walked.
Trista Sarago followed with a single, and then Abby Scherer reached on an error, while scoring Anderson.
Danica Schellbach drove one to deep center to drive in Sarago tying the game 6-6.
With two outs, Taniel Schellbach connected for a base hit driving in Scherer, to give Rush City a dramatic 7-6 victory over Pine City.
Sarago scored three of the seven runs, while Anderson scored twice.
Kayla Forcier and Scherer scored once.
Mackenzie Sherrill pitched a nice game, striking out 4 and walking 3.
“We were fortunate to overcome a few mental and physical errors to pull this one out,” said Coach Kim Erdman. “We hit the ball well and ran the bases well. We need to fix a few things on the defensive side, so that will be our focus. I am proud of the girls for fighting back and coming through in the clutch. Not one girl struck out looking today, so that is a big improvement. Defensively, Taniel Schellbach and Chesney Grant had some very nice plays. Mackenzie Sherrill fielded her position well.”
Tigers vs. Braham
Last Thursday, Rush City traveled to Braham and started slow, trailing the Bombers 3-1 after three innings.
The Tigers’ bats picked up, and in the end they downed the Bombers 10-5.
Scherer had three hits (two doubles), while T. Schellbach had two hits (one double).
Sarago and D. Schellbach had two hits each.
Adding one hit was Liz Bolejack, Lindsey Williams, Randi Schoeberl and Forcier.
Sherrill and T. Schellbach each scored two runs, while Forcier, Anderson, Sarago, Scherer, D. Schellbach, and Williams each scored one run.
Sherrill went the distance, striking out nine and walking one.
“Once we settled in, all the girls contributed, whether offensively or defensively,” said Coach Erdman. “Eight different girls scored. Defensively, third baseman Taniel Schellbach was involved in five outs and Miranda Anderson made a running catch in right to save two runs from scoring in the bottom of the fourth. Mack has been huge for us in this early part of the year. Her confidence and composure on the mound has been impressive. She has matured into one of the leaders on this team, and it will be exciting to see where she is at by the end of the season.”
Tigers vs. Frederic
Rush City took the trip to Frederic last Friday and even though the Tigers outhit the Vikings five to three, lost the close 3-1 game.
Getting the Tiger hits were Anderson, Sarago, Scherer, T. Schellbach and Sherrill.
Sherrill pitched 4 2/3 innings, striking out six and giving up two runs.
Taylor Youngblom pitched the final 1 1/3 innings, giving up just one run.
“This was a game where both teams had good pitching/catching combinations, so the game moved quickly,” said Coach Erdman. “The girls’ attitudes were great and they played a good game tonight against a good team. We have no reason to hang our heads, as both teams played well until the final out.”
The Rush City softball team has a 3-1 Great River Conference and 3-2 overall record. The team will travel to Aitkin to face the Gobblers at 4:30 p.m. Thursday, April 26 before hosting the Ogilvie Lions at 4:30 p.m. Friday, April 27. The Tigers will then host the Barnum Bombers at 4:30 p.m. Monday, April 30 before hosting the East Central Eagles at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 1.