After a long wait for the weather to cooperate, the Rush City softball team started out the season strong and so far undefeated.
First up April 29 the team hosted East Central in a double header two game sweep, winning 15-5 and 9-1.
In the first game, after crossing the plate once in the first and twice in the second, the Tigers erupted for eight runs in the third.
Leading the Tigers on the offensive side with two hits were Kayla Forcier, Miranda Anderson, Taniel Schellbach and Mackenzie Sherrill.
Adding one hit was Chesney Grant, Lindsey Williams, Abby Scherer and Justine Hanson (first varsity hit).
Grant scored four times to lead the team in that category, while Forcier and Schellbach scored twice. Crossing the plate once was Anderson, Scherer, Emma Peterson (first varsity run), Sydnie Sybrant and Chelsey Mell (first varsity run).
Sherrill pitched the first two and two-thirds innings facing 10 batters, giving up no hits, walking one and striking out three.
Grant pitched three a third innings and gave up five hits, four walks, while striking out five.
“When we got a large lead, it let us rest Mack and gave an opportunity for eighth grader Chesney Grant to take the mound for her first varsity pitching action,” said coach Kim Erdman. “Grant pitched very well for her first outing.”
Grant scored three runs, and adding one run each were Kiawna Forcier, Kayla Forcier, Tara Sarago, Schellbach, Williams and Pavek.
Leading at the plate with two hits were Pavek and Sybrant, both with two hits.
Peterson (first varsity hit), Kayla Forcier, Scherer, Schellbach, Williams, Grant all had one hit each.
Sherrill pitched the first six and two-thirds innings walking two and striking out 11.
Sybrant came in to pitch the final out, getting her first varsity pitching experience.
“The combination of Sherrill as the pitcher and Scherer as the catcher is something fun to watch,” said Erdman. “You will not find a better combination in our conference. They mix the pitches and locations very well. Hannah Pavek made a spectacular running catch in center as one of the defensive highlights of the game.”
Tigers vs. Pine City
The Tigers continued their winning ways when they hosted Pine City and pounded out 15 hits to earn an 11-8 victory.
Leading Tiger hitters were Williams (4-4), Kayla Forcier (3-5 with a home run), Scherer (2-4 with a home run), Grant (2-3 with a triple) and Sybrant (2-3 with a triple). Pavek got a hit, and Mell got her first varsity hit.
Three runs were scored by Kayla Forcier, while Grant, Williams and Sybrant each scored twice. Crossing the plate once were Pavek and Scherer.
Sherrill recorded her third win in as many tries, walking one and striking out seven, while throwing a two hitter.
“Our defense needs to improve as we made a few mistakes physically and mentally, but the girls will work on that and fix it,” said Erdman. “I am very pleased how we are swinging the bats not only for the girls hitting one through nine, but also the girls that come off the bench. We are smart and aggressive at the plate.
“In the fourth inning we had a meeting on the mound to talk about improving our defensive play. After the conference on the mound, Mack struck out the next two girls and then the girls came in fired up and they started pounding the ball,” he added.
The Rush City softball team has a 3-0 Great River Conference and overall record.