By Victoria Dahlin
After facing three teams last week the Rush City softball team came away with two wins.
Once again the fastpitch team came from behind to pull off a win when it hosted Barnum April 30.
The Bombers started off strong, working three walks and bringing three home on a good hit to center field. The Tigers countered with two runs in the second inning, two in the fifth and two in the sixth. Though Barnum scored its last run in the seventh, the Tigers secured a 6-4 victory.
Scoring for the Tigers were Kayla Forcier (two), Taniel Schellbach, Abby Scherer, Mackenzie Sherrill and Lindsey Williams.
Sherrill threw a complete game, giving up only three hits, striking out six and walking five.
“The Barnum Bombers have been tough for quite a few years, going to state in 2010, so we knew they were going to be a tough opponent,” said Coach Kim Erdman. “Hannah Pavek was on base all three times she was up today. Miranda Anderson, Kayla Forcier and Liz Bolejack all made nice catches in the outfield. Mack and Abby settled in after the first inning and called a good game tonight. Abby made a great throw to Danica Schellbach to put on the tag and get a runner out trying to steal second.”
On May 1 East Central came to Rush City and took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, but the Tigers answered back with four runs and then another in the third to take a 5-1 lead.
The Eagles fought back and scored three in the fourth closing the gap to 5-4, until the Tigers added one in the fifth and then sent the Eagles home with a 6-4 loss.
Forcier had two hits for the Tigers, while Scherer and D. Schellbach had one hit. D. Schellbach scored twice, and T. Schellbach, Anderson, Scherer and Sherrill each scored once.
Sherrill struck out seven, while only giving up three hits and walking two.
“We had a few bobbled balls today, but still came out with a win,” said Coach Erdman. “We let a few on with some misplayed balls and throws, so East Central was able to keep it close. However, those same girls came through at the end to help close it out. This will happen in high school sports, and they overcame it and still came out with a win.”
Last Thursday the team made the trip to Pine City who avenged an earlier loss to Rush City by defeating the Tigers 8-6 loss.
Scherer and D. Schellbach lead the team with two hits, with Scherer also scoring two runs. Anderson and Trista Sarago each got a hit and scored a run. Also scoring runs for the Tigers were Forcier and Bolejack.
Sherrill pitched six innings, allowing seven hits and striking out five.
“In eight of their first 11 games, the Tigers opponents had scored first, but in five of those eight games, the Tigers managed to come back to win,” said Coach Erdman. “However, this time the Tigers dug too deep a hole to get out of. They scored eight runs, and the first six were unearned. This really makes it tough on a pitcher to see extra outs given to a team. Pine is a good team, but if we want to make it deep into the playoffs, we need to field the ball cleanly and catch the ball. In fastpitch, like many sports, most of the time defense will win ball games.”
The Rush City softball team is third in the Great River Conference with a 6-3 conference and 7-5 overall record. The team will travel to Hinckley-Finlayson High School to face the Jaguars at 4 p.m. Thursday, May 10 before traveling to Moose Lake-Willow River High School to face the Rebels at 4:30 p.m. Friday, May 11. The Tigers will then travel to Ogilvie to face the Lions at 4:30 p.m. Monday, May 14 and travel to Isle to face the Huskies at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 15.