R-P softball searching for second win

By: 
Chad Smith

The second win of the regular season is proving elusive for the Rushford-Peterson softball team. After the Trojans dropped a 12-0 TRC decision at Chatfield on Thursday, April 25, they returned home the next day and fell by an identical 12-0 score to Dover-Eyota. The R-P girls are 1-5 overall (0-5 TRC).

R-P vs. Chatfield

 Chatfield pitcher Carlie Berge not only shut out the Trojans, she didn’t allow a hit. R-P fielders didn’t help the cause by committing eight errors in the field.

Gophers’ pitcher Carlie Berge worked all five innings of the no-hitter, striking out ten batters and allowing only one baserunner via a walk to Trojans’ leadoff hitter Karissa Eide. Berge threw 54 pitches, only 13 of which missed the strike zone.

Trojan’s pitcher Peyton Hoiness worked four innings, giving up 13 hits and 12 runs, but only three of those runs were earned. Hoiness struck out two and walked one batter. She also allowed home runs to Chatfield’s Bella Berge and McKenna Daniels.

Chatfield leadoff hitter Lexi Chase was three for four at the plate, driving in two runs and scoring twice. Bella Berge and Alanna Goetzinger each had two hits for the Gophers.

R-P vs. D-E

Friday’s game was a mirror-image of the Thursday loss to Chatfield. Offense was hard to come by and R-P didn’t help themselves with a handful of errors in the field. D-E took a 5-0 lead after two innings, then added another run in the fourth. The Eagles exploded for six runs in the top of the fifth inning. R-P couldn’t produce any runs in the bottom of the inning, which ended the game via the ten-run rule. D-E had 12 runs on 14 hits and no errors. R-P was scoreless with one hit and committed five errors.

Leadoff hitter Karissa Eide had the only Trojan hit in two official at-bats. She was also the only R-P baserunner as the Trojans didn’t draw a walk or reach base on an Eagle error.

Hoiness pitched the first 4.2 innings for R-P, giving up 12 hits and 11 runs (9 earned). She struck out two and walked one while taking the loss. Jacobson finished the last one-third of an inning, giving up two hits, one earned run, and a walk.

D-E pitcher Tarrin Stephens pitched a complete game, giving up just one hit while throwing 63 pitches. She struck out seven Trojans and didn’t issue a single walk.

Kylee Swee led the Eagles offense, getting three hits in four at-bats. She homered, drove in two runs, and scored three times.

Schedule

R-P kicked off the week with a home doubleheader against Fillmore Central on Monday, April 29. They were back on the road the next day at Plainview-Elgin-Millville. R-P will host Wabasha-Kellogg in a conference game on Thursday, May 2. They’ll finish the week with a TRC matchup at St. Charles on Friday May 3.