RC earns second seed
The Rush City softball team had a crammed schedule last week while trying to make up prior postponed games before the post season kicks off.
The Tigers started the week off with two wins over Hinckley-Finlayson at home, winning 19-4 in game one and 14-3 in game two.
On Thursday, Rush City traveled to face an undefeated Isle squad (15-0) for an away double-header.
Sophomore Miranda Anderson kicked off the first game with a leadoff home run to give Rush City a 1-0 lead, but the visiting team was unable to put any more runs on the board and lost, 3-1. Ninth-grader Chesney Grant pitched four innings, giving up three hits, walking two batters and striking out five. Anderson, Grant and sophomore Ashton Prachar led the offense with one hit apiece.
In the second game, Rush City lost 13-4. Grant hit the mound again, this time pitching 4.33 innings, while sophomore Kelly Swenson pitched .66 of an inning. Sophomore Lindsey Williams recorded two hits for the Tigers, while junior Taniel Schellbach and sophomore Syndie Sybrant added a hit.
The Tigers played another double-header on Saturday while facing two different teams.
In Game 1 against Olgivie, Rush City lost 7-0 while posting just one hit, courtesy of Grant. The ninth-grader pitched 6.33 innings while giving up seven hits, walking three and striking out 10 batters. Swensen pitched .66 inning, giving up two hits and striking out two batters.
The Tigers found their groove again when taking on the Dragons of Pine City. Rush City won, 13-5, by recording 15 hits. Anderson, Williams and Prachar earned three hits apiece, while Schellbach pounded out two home runs. Grant added two hits, while Sybrant and junior Hannah Pavek each had one.
Grant earned the win on the mound with a compete game, striking out four batters, walking four and giving up just three hits.
Head coach Kim Erdman said it was an up-and-down week for his girls.
“We played well in the first game at Isle, but then our defense had some errors in the second game in Isle and against Ogilvie,” Erdman said. “We were not very aggressive at the plate against Ogilvie either. The Pine City game is more of what I expect from the girls — aggressive hitting, fielding the ball well, making good decisions and a strong pitching-catching combination.”
Rush City finished their regular season at 7-4 overall and 6-4 in the Great River Conference. Isle finished first in the GRC, followed by Olgivie, Aitkin and Rush City, respectively. The Tigers earned the second seed in the east division of Section 5A bracket play, while Isle earned the top seed.
Rush City opened postseason play at home on Tuesday evening against seventh-seeded Hinckley-Finlayson.