R-P softball drops doubleheader


TCR/SCOTT BESTUL Rushford-Peterson senior Peyton Hoiness swings at a pitch during R-P’s first game of a doubleheader vs. Lewiston-Altura last week. R-P dropped the first game 4-5 and the second 14-0.
By: 
Chad Smith

The R-P softball team lost a pair of road games against Lewiston-Altura last week. The Trojans gave the Cardinals all they could handle in the first matchup before losing 4-5. But the L-A bats came alive in the second game and the Cardinals cruised to a 14-0 victory. The Lady Trojans are 1-3 overall (0-3 TRC).

R-P vs. L-A Doubleheader

Game One

The Trojans battled back from an early deficit to tie the game at 3-all. However, L-A scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth and went on to win the game 5-4. The Trojans had four runs on five hits while the Cardinals scored five times on eight hits. Each team committed two errors.

The Cardinals scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning to take a quick lead. R-P bounced back with a run in the top of the third before the Cardinals answered with a run in the bottom of the inning. The Trojans tied the game at three after scoring twice in the fourth inning. The Cardinals’ took a 5-3 lead after scoring twice in the bottom of the sixth inning. The Trojans answered with a run in the top of the seventh to make it 5-4 but L-A closed out the game.

Ellie Dahl and Julissa Trejo had the only multiple-hit games for R-P. Trejo was two for three with a double, and an RBI, while Dahl was two for three with a double and a run scored. Rylin Hoel scored twice while getting a hit in three at-bats. Megan Oian drew two walks and scored the other run for the Trojans’ offense.

Peyton Hoiness went the distance in the pitchers’ circle, tossing all six innings. She allowed eight hits and five runs (2 earned) while striking out five and not issuing a walk. She threw 69 pitches, 47 for strikes.

Amanda Kauten got the win for L-A, tossing all seven innings. She allowed five hits and four runs (zero earned), all while striking out eight Trojans.

Ciarra McNally (run scored) and Paige Denzer each had two hits to lead Lewiston-Altura.

Game Two

The Trojans just couldn’t muster any offense against Cardinals’ pitcher Olivia Funk. Meanwhile, the L-A offense pounded out 17 hits and scored 14 runs to come away with a five-inning win. The Trojans had one hit and committed one error. The Cardinals were error-free in game two.

L-A jumped out to a three-run first-inning lead and never looked back. They added five runs in the second, two in the third, three in the fourth, and another run in the fifth.

The Trojans came up with only two baserunners against Funk, who issued a walk to Trejo and gave up a double to leadoff hitter Karissa Eide (1 for 2).

Avalon Jacobson and Hoiness each pitched two innings before Isabelle Olson pitched the final frame. Jacobson allowed four earned runs, Hoiness gave up six runs (4 earned), and Olson allowed four earned runs.

Funk was also a Trojan-killer at the plate, going four for five with two doubles, two RBI, and scored twice. Staley Seefeldt went three for four from the leadoff spot, driving in three runs and scoring another three.

Schedule

The Trojan softball team starts this week on Thursday, April 25, with a conference road game at Chatfield. They’re back home on Friday for another conference game, this time against Dover-Eyota. R-P will be busy Saturday hosting a tournament that includes teams from Goodhue, Houston, and Mabel-Canton. The team kicks off next week with a home doubleheader against Fillmore Central on Monday, April 29. A game scheduled for last Monday, April 15, against Houston was moved to May 9.