FCL softball team gets exciting win over Goodhue

Bill Bentson

Going into the final week of the regular season the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team has an overall record of 5-11, 4-9 in Three Rivers Conference play.  The gals finished 2-4 against teams from the TRC-West division.

This past week the team lost to Cotter (15-1, five innings), La Crescent (9-6) and Lake City (13-3, six innings).  The Lake City loss was the first game in the annual FCL softball tournament.  Also in the weekend tournament, the Lady Falcons got a 2-1 win over Goodhue, coming up with the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

In that win over the Lady Wildcats, coach John O’Connor reported, “This was a big win for us, ending a five-game week.  Krista Jorgenson pitched one of her best games of the year and Hannah Storlie had great defensive game at third base to lead a solid team effort on defense.”

Lauren Mensink had the winning hit in the bottom of the ninth inning with two outs, driving in Sophie Pieper, who reached base via a hit-by-pitch.

The Lady Falcons only had three hits in the win, the game winner by Mensink and one each for Addie Peters and Kelsey Biel.  KJ Corson scored the other Falcon run in the third inning, following Peters’ double, and an over-throw by a Goodhue player.

Jorgenson gave up four hits in her nine innings of work.  She allowed one run (earned), struck out five and walked three.

Goodhue 0-0-0-0-0-1-0-0-0 = 1-4-0, LOB 5

FCL 0-0-1-0-0-0-0-0-1 = 2-3-2, LOB 7

In the first game of the Falcon tournament, Lake City scored four runs in the fourth inning and six more in the bottom of the fifth to pull away from a 3-2 game at the end of three innings, ending the game in the bottom of the fifth inning.

Peters was in the circle for the Lady Falcons.  She pitched 4-2/3 innings, allowing 13 runs, 12 earned, 13 hits and five walks, while striking out three.

FCL had six hits in the loss to the Tigers, two each for Corson and Peters, and one each for Biel and Storlie.  Biel was credited with two runs-batted-in and one for Storlie.  Scoring the Falcons’ runs were Corson (2) and Peters.

FCL 1-0-1-0-1 = 3-6-3, LOB 4

LC 2-1-0-4-6 = 13-13-0, LOB 7

At the beginning of the week, FCL lost a TRC game to Cotter.  FCL recorded five hits against the Lady Ramblers, two for Storlie and one each for Pieper, Sierra Rustad and Mensink.  Storlie had the only RBI and Corson scored the only Falcon run.

Jorgenson took the Falcon loss, allowing 10 hits, 15 runs, 14 earned, six walks and three strikeouts.  Cotter had two home runs in the game.

Cotter 0-9-3-3-0 = 15-10-0, LOB 4

FCL 1-0-0-0-0 = 1-5-1, LOB 6

In the TRC loss to La Crescent-Hokah, Fillmore Central/Lanesboro out-hit the Lancers, 13-5, but errors, and unearned runs really hurt the Lady Falcons’ cause.  FCL committed eight errors and allowed five unearned runs in the contest. 

“Seven walks, two hit-batters and eight errors led to nine runs and we couldn’t get the big hit with runners in scoring position,” said coach O’Connor.  “We hit the ball well as we had 13 hits, but left 12 on base.”

Leading the offensive attack were Peters and Biel, each with three hits.  Peters scored two runs and added an RBI.  Pieper had two hits and two runs-batted-in and Corson also had two hits with an RBI and a run scored.  Also coming up with hits were Daysha Erickson, Jorgenson and Mensink.  Also scoring runs were Erickson, Jorgenson and Addison Schoepski.  Rustad didn’t have any hits, but knocked in two runners.

In the circle were Peters (3 innings pitched, 2 hits, 5 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, 2 strike outs) and Jorgenson (4 IP, 3 H, 4 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 1 K).  Peters suffered the loss for the Falcons.

LaC-H 0-0-5-2-2-0-0 = 9-5-2, LOB 9

FCL 2-2-0-0-0-0-2 = 6-13-8, LOB 12

The Lady Falcons wind up the regular season on the road this week at Lewiston-Altura on Tuesday, at Caledonia/Spring Grove on Thursday and at Mabel-Canton on Friday.  The game at L-A on Tuesday was set as a double-header.

The sub-section tournament starts next week.