Tigers softball earns GRC championship

After winning three of four section playoff games, the No. 1 east section seeded Rush City softball team ended its season when it fell 7-2 to No. 3 west section seed Osakis last week in double elimination play.

“It was a good game, with both teams playing good defense and taking advantage of a few mistakes,” said coach Kim Erdman. “In the third, Sydnie Sybrant worked a walk and advanced to second on a single by Chelsey Mell. After a fly out to right, Kayla Forcier worked a walk to load the bases. The next batter struck out, but then Lindsey Williams ripped a single to score Sybrant.

“Osakis got on the board with three of their own runs, with three hits and an error. After a scoreless fourth and fifth inning, the Tigers added another run to close the gap to 3-2 in the top of the sixth. (Chesney) Grant reached on an error. (Taniel) Schellbach hit into a fielder’s choice and stole second and moved over to third on a passed ball. Sybrant then hit one back to the pitcher, and Schellbach raced home to score. However, Osakis got four more runs in the sixth with three hits and three walks to extend their lead and win the game,” Erdman explained.

He added:

“We have nothing to hang our heads about. The girls worked hard and had a great season, going 14-5 and winning the conference championship. I especially want to thank my seniors Mackenzie Sherrill, Abby Scherer, Kayla Forcier and Chelsey Mell for their dedication and leadership. They will be greatly missed. I also want to thank the parents of all the kids, seventh through 12th grade for their support of our program.”

The Rush City softball team finished the 2013 season as Great River Conference champions with an 11-2 conference record and 14-5 overall record.

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