By Victoria Dahlin—
The week started out fine for the Rush City softball team when the girls defeated conference rival Braham, until it was time to face Hinckley-Finlayson and Moose Lake-Willow River.
On May 8, Braham came to Rush City with the first three Bomber batters going down with fly outs.
When Rush City came to bat in the bottom of the first, Miranda Anderson and Trista Sarago walked. Abby Scherer followed with a single, and Danica Schellbach ripped a double, while Kayla Forcier and Liz Bolejack each added singles.
Before the inning was over, the Tigers had five runners cross the plate.
They added two more runs in the second on a home-run by Sarago, a single by Scherer, with Schellbach driving her in by reaching on an error.
Hannah Pavek added the final run for the Tigers in the third, scoring on a wild pitch after walking.
Braham got three runs in the fifth, but it was too little, too late as the Tigers sent the Bombers home with an 8-3 loss.
Mackenzie Sherrill pitched all seven innings, striking out eight, walking four, hitting one, and giving up only three hits.
“The last time we played Braham, we got off to a slow start,” said Coach Kim Erdman. “This time we hit the ground running with eight runs in the first three innings. We also only had one strike out in the game, so the girls were making very good contact.”
Last Thursday the girls traveled to Hinckley-Finlayson to face the Jaguars for a second time this season. The first was a close 5-4 loss for the Tigers, but this time the Jaguars trounced the Tigers 10-0 in five innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Forcier was the only Tiger to get a hit.
Mackenzie Sherrill pitched 4 1/3 innings, gave up seven hits, walked five, hit one, and struck out six.
“We had way too many dropped balls to compete with a team of this caliber,” said Coach Erdman. “It is uncharacteristic of us to have this many blunders, and I am hopeful we got it out of our system. The girls are usually steadier with the glove, but sometimes when it rains, it pours. I do not feel the need to panic at this point, as they will come back and play solid defense to close out the year. We faced a good team with a very good pitcher, and days like this happen once in awhile. A few bright spots were a 9-4-2 out from Anderson to Williams to Scherer in the first to end the inning with a tag out at home. Also, Chesney Grant played well in her first start at shortstop due to Danica Schellbach being sick.”
Last Friday, the Tigers softball team traveled to Moose Lake-Willow River with the Rebels’ first three batters scoring.
Staying calm, Rush City played error-free ball and gave up only one more run in the third.
The Tigers got two runs in the fourth on a triple by Schellbach, Forcier reaching on an error, and a double by Bolejack. Other Tigers getting hits were Anderson and Sherrill, but it wasn’t enough as the Tigers fell 4-2 to the Rebels.
Sherrill pitched all six innings, walking five, striking out four and giving up five hits.
“Our defense played great today, giving Mack lots of help,” said Coach Erdman. “Bolejack made a nice running catch. Anderson threw a girl out at second from right, Danica started a double play ball, Abby started another double play ball, with Williams getting over to cover first. Of course we always want to put one in the ‘W’ column, but this game was a good game for both teams and the girls should be pleased with their efforts.”
The Rush City softball team is third in the Great River Conference at 7-4 with an 8-7 overall record. The team will begin subsection play with the first round Thursday, May 17. A win will send the Tigers to the quarterfinals on Friday, May 18, and a chance to advance to the subsection semifinal set for Monday, May 22 — all to be played at the home of the high seed. Check Scoreboard Plus at ecmpostreview.com for playoff updates.