Grand slam and all, Tigers fall short in softball playoffs

By Victoria Dahlin—

After putting up an impressive fight, the No. 3 East section seeded Rush City softball team ended its season when it traveled to St. Cloud and lost 9-8 to No. 5 West seeded Kimball Area in the Section 5A playoff finals May 29.

Before the Tigers could even get the chance to bat, the Cubs had eight runs cross the plate on seven hits and a walk.

In the third inning, the Tigers got on the board thanks to a walk to Abby Scherer, a single by Trista Sarago and an error, which led to pinch runner Sydnie Sybrant scoring.

Rush City added one more run in the fourth on a walk to Lindsey Williams who eventually worked her way around the bases to score on a wild pitch.

In the fifth inning Taniel Schellbach got a hit, as well as Scherer, and then after a ground out, Danica Schellbach came to the plate and blasted the ball out of the park to hit a grand slam and cut the lead to 8-5.

Kimball Area added its only run since the first inning in the sixth.

The Tigers then mounted a ferocious last effort with D. Schellbach leading it off with another monstrous homerun. Mackenzie Sherrill and Chesney Grant each followed with singles, and after a fly out, Kayla Forcier and Miranda Anderson both hit singles, scoring both Sherrill and Grant. With the tying run on second and winning run on first, a strike out and grounder ended the game and the Tigers’ season.

Defensively, the Tigers played well with Scherer throwing out an attempted base thief and a nice 6-3-5 double play by D. Schellbach, Sarago and T. Schellbach. D. Schellbach also made a nice diving catch.

Sherrill only gave up four hits after the first inning (total 11) and struck out three.

“I was so proud of my girls tonight,” said Coach Kim Erdman. “They showed so much character and determination. This team has been an absolute joy to coach, and we had a very impressive run into the playoffs. They can walk off the field with their heads held high, knowing they left everything on the field tonight. We will celebrate our season at the awards banquet, and there will be a lot of positives to talk about. Every coach should have the opportunity to coach a group of young ladies like this.”

The Rush City softball team ended the 2012 season tied for third in the Great River Conference with a 9-5 conference record and a 11-10 overall record.

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