By Victoria Dahlin—
After a shutout over Ogilvie and a loss to Isle, the Rush City softball team downed the Bombers to win the subsection quarterfinal last week.
On May 14 the team traveled to Ogilvie to play its most complete, errorless game of the season to declaw the Lions 12-0 in five innings.
Trista Sarago crossed home three times; Miranda Anderson, Taniel Schellbach and Abby Scherer each scored twice; Danica Schellbach, Mackenzie Sherrill and Liz Bolejack were good for one run each.
Scherer had three hits to lead the offense, while Sherrill pitched all five innings, striking out eight, and walking three.
“We scored in every inning and did a great job defensively,” said Coach Kim Erdman. “Ogilvie has always had a good hitting team, and Mack limited them to just two hits today. She kept them off balance with a very nice change-up and her defense supported her.”
The fastpitch team made the trip to Isle May 15 and came home with a close but disappointing 15-13 loss in its last regular season game.
Scherer scored three runs, while T. Schellbach, Anderson, Sarago and Sherrill each scored twice. D. Schellbach and Kayla Forcier each added one.
Scherer had three hits and D. Schellbach had a homerun.
Sherrill pitched the complete game, giving up seven hits, striking out four, walking three and hitting two.
“We played so well offensively, one of the best offensive games I have been involved in,” said Coach Erdman. “However, our defense, which was so tough in the previous game, really struggled. We had the most errors (11) of the year. At this time of the year, our defense should be much better. They only had three earned runs. We played a good team and offensively we played well enough to beat them. But the defense does win many games, so we need to get back to the type of defense we played in the previous game.”
The Tigers faced the Bombers for the third time this season last Friday when #3 seeded Rush City hosted #6 seed Braham in the 5A East Subsection quarterfinal.
It started off a little shaky, as the first three Braham hitters scored putting them up 3-0.
The Tigers got one back in the bottom of the first on three walks and an error, with Sarago scoring.
In the second Rush City added another run on four walks, with Bolejack scoring.
Sydnie Sybrant (pinchrunning for Sarago), Scherer, D. Schellbach and Sherrill all scored in the fourth inning giving the Tigers a 6-3 lead.
Miranda Anderson added another in the fifth after a single, a stolen base and a single by Sarago.
Braham scored one in the seventh inning, but could not get any more leaving Rush City with a 7-4 victory.
Sherrill struck out nine, walked four, hit two, and allowed only three hits.
“We had a tough first inning, but then we settled down,” said Coach Erdman. “Mack keeps us in every game, so if we can field the ball and make the routine plays, I feel good about our chances. It is always tough to beat a team three times, and these ladies did it. Once we are in the playoffs, the only stat I am going to get too concerned with is the one under the ‘W’ column. We need to do whatever it takes to get a win. We go and face a tough Hinckley team, so we need to have our defense ready and our hitting shoes on.”
The Rush City softball team ended its regular season fourth in the Great River Conference at 8-5 and a 10-8 overall record. The Tigers will have faced #2 seeded Hinckley-Finlayson May 22 in the 5A East Subsection semifinals. If the team wins it will continue to the subsection championship at Whitney Field in St. Cloud at 5 p.m. Thursday, May 24. A win there would send them to the Section 5A playoffs at Todd Park in Austin on Tuesday, May 29 and Wednesday, May 30.
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