Falcons get first softball win, set to play five games this week

By: 
Bill Bentson

The Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team got its first win of the season this past Monday over Rushford-Peterson.  In fact, it got two wins, winning both games of a scheduled double-header, 4-3 and 4-3 (9 innings).

In the two really exciting games against Rushford-Peterson, the Lady Falcons got both wins without two key players, Kelsey Biel and Krista Jorgenson.

Game one

“Addie Peters pitched a solid game, after giving up three runs in the first inning, to get her first varsity win,” said coach John O’Connor. “KJ Corson, Lauren Mensink and Sierra Rustad all had good games.  The defense played really well to help Peters out.”

Corson went three for four in the game to lead the offense.  Coming up with two hits each were Sierra Rustad and Lauren Mensink.  Corson scored one run, Rustad had an RBI and scored a run and Mensink had one RBI.  Rustad knocked in the tying run in the third inning and Mensink had the winning RBI, also in the third inning.  Also getting hits were Hannah Storlie and Daysha Erickson. Storlie and Pailey Gordon also had runs-batted-in.

Peters’ stats included: seven innings pitched, four hits, three runs (2 earned), four strikeouts and eight walks.  R-P left eight runners on base in the game.

FCL 1-1-2-0-0-0-0 = 4-9-1, LOB 5

R-P 3-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 3-4-1, LOB 8

Game two

Game two came right down to the bottom of the ninth inning.  A well-executed squeeze bunt by Hope Sexton scored Lauren Mensink for the win.  Mensink led off the inning with a single, moved to third on Addison Schoepski’s double, and the rest is history.  Those three gals are the seventh, eighth and ninth batters in the line-up.

“Hope Sexton pitched great in her first varsity game and pitched all nine innings for the win,” said coach O’Connor. “On offense, eight of our nine batters got hits, so it was really nice to see everyone contribute.”

Coming up with hits for FCL were Corson, Peters, Erickson, Sophie Pieper (2), Rustad, Mensink, Schoepski and Sexton.  Rustad had two runs-batted-in and Storlie added one RBI. Runs were scored by Corson, Erickson, Pieper and Mensink

Stats for Sexton in the circle: nine innings pitched, six hits, three runs (one earned), nine strikeouts and three walks. 

Last week the gals lost games to Plainview-Elgin-Millville (12-3), Wabasha-Kellogg (4-3) and St. Charles (12-1, 6 innings).

The Lady Falcons now have an overall record of 2-6, 2-5 in Three Rivers Conference play, and 0-3 against TRC teams in the West division.

In the loss to PEM, FCL could only come up with four hits, two by Hannah Storlie and one each for Kelsey Biel and KJ Corson.  Those three players also scored the Falcons’ runs.  Biel also had two runs-batted-in.  One of Biel’s hits was a solo home run in the fourth inning.

Krista Jorgenson took the loss in the circle for the Falcons.  She pitched seven innings, striking out seven, while giving up 11 hits, 12 runs (9 earned) and eight walks.

“Eight walks and four errors, along with PEM’s speed, did us in,” said coach O’Connor.  “We left seven on base, so once again, if we could have gotten a few timely hits it could have been a different game.  Kelsey Biel had her second home run of the year, KJ Corson reached base all four times and Hannah Storlie had two hits and a walk.”

PEM 0-1-2-3-2-2-2 = 12-11-2, LOB 6

FCL 1-0-0-1-1-0-0 = 3-4-4, LOB 7

For the W-K game, O’Connor said, “Krista Jorgenson had a big game, both pitching and at the plate.  She only gave up three hits and two walks, as she had command of her pitches and hit her spots.  She also had a two-run home run, her first on the varsity.  Daysha Erickson had a big RBI single in the sixth inning to tie the game.”

Also coming up with hits for the Lady Falcons were Corson and Biel (2).  Others to score were Sierra Rustad and Addison Schoepski.

Jorgenson pitched six innings in the game.  Only one of the four runs scored by W-K was earned. 

FCL 0-0-0-0-2-1-0 = 3-5-3, LOB 4

WK 0-0-0-3-0-1-x = 4-3-0, LOB 4

St. Charles put the game out of reach with nine runs in the first three innings, then added three more in the last three innings to 10-run the Falcons in six innings.

Jorgenson did the pitching again, allowing 13 hits, 12 runs (10 earned) and three walks.  She struck out seven Saint batters.

Biel stayed hot at the plate with two more hits and a run-batted-in.  Also getting hits for the Lady Falcons were Addie Peters, Storlie, Erickson and Sophie Pieper.  Corson scored the only run for FCL. 

Schedule

After the two games Monday, the girls were scheduled to travel to Southland Tuesday, although rain was threatening that game when this edition went to press. They finish the week with a home game against Chatfield Thursday and a game at Dover-Eyota on Friday. Monday, May 6, they travel to La Crescent then return home for a string of five home games starting with Cotter on Tuesday, May 7.