RC softball beats undefeated Isle
The Rush City softball team started and ended last week’s string of subsection games with a bang last week with three wins across three days.
The Tigers, seeded second, hosted seventh-seeded Hinckley-Finlayson last Tuesday and earned a 15-1 win. The home team took advantage of 11 walks throughout the matchup while scoring three runs in the first inning, four in the second and eight runs in the third inning to ensure the victory.
Ninth-grader Chesney Grant was the winning pitcher with a complete five-inning game. She gave up two hits, walked two batters and struck out five.
Junior Taniel Schellbach led the Tigers, recording three hits while sophomore Ashton Prachar recorded Rush City’s other hit on the day. Sophomore Lindsey Williams and Prachar each scored three times.
The following day, the Tigers faced Great River Conference rival Braham at home and moved past the Bombers in six innings, 10-0.
Sophomore Miranda Anderson led the 11-hit offense with two hits and four runs scored. Williams, Prachar and Schellbach all added two hits.
Grant recorded another complete game in six innings with three strikeouts.
With the win, the Tigers moved on to play Isle in the subsection 5A championship in Mora last Thursday.
Rush City fell to the undefeated Huskies twice this season, 3-1 and 13-4, but the Tigers weren’t about to be beat a third time. Rush City scored first when Grant reached first base on a fielder’s choice, then advanced to second on a passed ball. Prachar hit her home with a double.
The top two seeds battled until the fifth inning when Williams reached first base on fielder’s choice. Grant then doubled to score Williams, but was thrown out at a close play at third base. Prachar and Schellbach followed with base hits. Prachar scored on a fielder’s choice by sophomore Sydnie Sybrant to cap the scoring at 3-0, giving Isle its only loss of the year.
Prachar, Schellbach and Sybrant each contributed two hits at the plate, while Grant pitched another complete shutout. She gave up two hits and walked four batters while striking out four.
Head coach Kim Erdman had nothing but positive feedback for his players.
“The girls played awesome defense,” Erdman said. “Shortstop Ashton Prachar had nine put outs in the game. Chesney was in her third day in a row pitching and this was her strongest outing in the playoffs. She has really taken control. The girls were fired up from the start and were determined to come out on top. The dugout was buzzing. It was a great game to be part of. The girls will remember this game for some time.”
Rush City moved on to face the third seed, Browerville, from the west subsection on Tuesday in St. Cloud for section 5A semifinals.