Falcon gals get win in sub-section tournament

DAVID PHILLIPS/NEWS LEADER Sierra Rustad prepares to throw the softball in from left field as the Falcons took on the Bulldogs earlier this spring.

DAVID PHILLIPS/NEWS LEADER Kjerstiana Corson gets a hit for the Falcons during a recent game in Preston.

DAVID PHILLIPS/NEWS LEADER Addie Peters grabs a catch in right field for the Falcons when Fillmore Central/Lanesboro hosted GMLOK earlier in the season.
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team lost the final three regular season games, but rebounded this past Monday with a 12-0 win over Rushford-Peterson in the first round of the 1A East sub-section tournament.

The regular season losses were to Lewiston-Altura, 4-1 and 14-2 (six innings), and Caledonia/Spring Grove, 3-2. The team finished the regular season at 5-14, 4-12 in Three Rivers Conference play. The gals were 2-4 in games against teams in the West division of the Three Rivers Conference.

The game with Mabel-Canton, scheduled for this past Friday, was cancelled.

Double-header loss

In the first game against L-A, “Krista Jorgenson did a great job limiting a very good Lewiston-Altura to two hits,” said head coach John O’Connor. “Seven walks and three errors were our downfall in the game.”

KJ Corson led the offense, going two for three with a run scored. Addie Peters and Hannah Storlie were both one for three in the game. Those were the only hits for the Lady Falcons. Peters had the only RBI for FC/L.

Jorgenson took the loss for the Falcons. She pitched six innings and gave up four earned runs, two hits and seven walks while striking out four.

FC/L 1-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 1-4-3, LOB 4

L-A 1-0-0-2-1-0-x = 4-2-2, LOB 7

In the second game, Peters was the pitcher-of-record, going 5-2/3 innings and suffering the loss. She gave up 12 hits, 14 earned runs and six walks, while striking out three. Hope Sexton pitched one-third of an inning, walking three L-A batters.

FC/L could only come up with two hits in the game, one each for Kelsey Biel and Lauren Mensink. Peters and Mensink scored the Falcon runs and Biel had a run-batted-in.

The Falcons tied the game at 2-2 with a pair of runs in the third inning, but ran out of gas and gave up six runs in both the fifth and sixth innings.

“I think Addie (Peters) got a little tired,” said coach O’Connor. “I thought the girls played well in the first game and the first four innings of the second game against one of the better teams in the Three Rivers Conference.”

L-A 0-0-2-0-6-6 = 14-12-0, LOB 7

FC/L 0-0-2-0-0-0 = 2-2-2, LOB 4

One-run loss

“This was a tough game to lose,” said coach O’Connor. “Krista Jorgenson pitched, arguably, her best game of the year through seven innings, with the only run being unearned, as we went into extra innings tied 1-1. We were able to get a run in the top of the eighth to go ahead, but gave up two in the bottom half of the inning when we couldn’t overcome a couple close plays that went against us.”

The Falcons scored a run (Storlie) in the third inning and held a 1-0 lead through the sixth inning. Caledonia/SG scored an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh to tie the score at 1-1.

Offensively, FC/L got hits from Corson, Mensink and Jorgenson. Storlie (third inning) and Daysha Erickson (walk, eighth inning) scored the runs for the locals. Corson had the go-ahead RBI in the top of the eighth inning. Sierra Rustad had the RBI in the third inning.

FC/L   0-0-1-0-0-0-0-1 = 2-3-2, LOB 13

Cal/SG 0-0-0-0-0-0-1-2 = 3-7-3, LOB 12

“I think the girls are playing pretty good ball and could make some noise in the tournament, if we can just get some clutch hits,” said O’Connor.

Noise-maker win over R-P

And “making noise” was the order of the day in the win over Rushford-Peterson in the first round of the 1A East sub-section tournament.

The Lady Falcons came up with nine hits in the win and were credited with 11 runs-batted-in. The team definitely came up with the clutch hits that coach O’Connor was looking for in previous games.

Seven different players came up with hits in the game: Corson, Biel, Storlie, Sophie Pieper, Rustad, Mensink (2) and Jorgenson (2). Jorgenson led the team with four runs-batted-in, with two each for Storlie, Rustad and Mensink and one for Erickson.

Eight different players scored the Falcon runs: Corson, Peters, Storlie, Pieper (2), Rustad (2), Erickson (2), Mensink and Addison Schoepski (2).

Jorgenson was in the circle and picked up the Falcon win. She went five innings in the contest, gave up two hits, no runs, no walks and struck out three. “Jorgenson pitched a great game with the shutout. No one went past first base,” commented O’Connor.

“The girls are looking forward to a rematch with Wabasha-Kellogg after a close 4-3 game during the regular season,” said Coach O’Connor.

The Falcons (6-14, No. 4 seed) were scheduled to play at W-K (11-9, No. 1 seed) this past Tuesday in the sub-section semi-finals. Win or lose, the team will play again on Thursday, May 23, also in Wabasha-Kellogg, host for the sub-section first and second place games.

The other sub-section semi-final game featured Mabel-Canton (12-6, No. 2 seed) and Goodhue (9-7, No. 3 seed).

The entire section bracket is available on the Minnesota State High School League website under Region 1.