Trojans softball team endures tough week

By: 
Chad Smith

The Rushford-Peterson softball team dropped a conference doubleheader against Fillmore Central on Monday, April 29, by identical scores of 4-3. The second game went all the way to nine innings. The Trojans had a tough test against Wabasha-Kellogg on Thursday, May 2, coming up short 16-4. R-P had an equally tough test on Friday, May 3, at St. Charles. The Saints won the game by an 11-0 score. The Trojan girls are 1-9 overall (0-9 TRC).

R-P vs. FC

Game One

Both teams scored all their runs in the first 2.5 innings. R-P came out of the first inning in front but couldn’t hold the lead as FC clawed its way back on top. The Lady Trojans scored three runs on five hits and committed two errors, while the Falcons notched four runs on nine hits with no errors.

FC plated the first run of the game in the top of the first. R-P scored three times in the bottom of the inning. The Falcons responded by scoring once in the second and twice in the third, ending the scoring for the day and claiming the win in the process.

Peyton Hoiness pitched a complete game for R-P, going all seven innings and allowing nine hits with four runs (3 earned). She kept the ball in the strike zone, striking out six Falcons while walking only one.

Hoiness also went two for four at the plate, the only multi-hit game for R-P, while scoring a run. Ellie Dahl was one for three and scored once. Jasmine Schueler and Rylin Hoel each added singles. Megan Oian added a run scored.
Fillmore Central’s Addie Peters also pitched well, working a complete game and giving up five hits and three earned runs. She struck out four and walked eight. Kjerstiana Corson and Sierra Rustad each had three hits and a run.

Game Two

The Lady Trojans took the game into extra innings, but couldn’t hold off Fillmore Central, who managed a ninth inning run to claim a 4-3 TRC conference victory. Both team’s pitchers threw the ball well in the low-scoring matchup. The Falcons scored their four runs on nine hits with one error. The Trojans scored three runs on seven hits and committed two errors.

Both teams scored a run in the first inning before FC added another run in the bottom of the second to take its first lead. R-P battled back with two runs in the top of the fifth to take their first and only lead of the game at 3-2. FC tied it up with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning.

After a scoreless seventh inning, the eighth inning was also without a run for either team. FC, the home team on the scoreboard in the first game, scored the winning run in the bottom of the ninth inning.

Hoiness pitched the first three innings, allowing four hits, two runs (one earned), and a walk. Avalon Jacobson came on in relief, pitching 5.1 innings, giving up five hits and two earned runs. She struck out one and walked three.

Karissa Eide led the Trojans with three of the team’s seven hits, while also doubling and scoring two runs in the leadoff spot. Julissa Trejo added the other run and singled in four at-bats. Megan Oian, Jasmine Schueler, and Rylin Hoel had the other three hits for R-P. Ellie Dahl had two RBI.

Hope Sexton pitched all nine innings to get the Falcons win. She also bunted in the bottom of the ninth inning to bring Lauren Mensink home from third base to win the game. Kjerstiana Corson had the only multi-hit game for the Falcons, going two for four and scoring a run from the leadoff spot.

R-P vs. WK

The Trojans dropped their third straight home game, falling to Wabasha-Kellogg 16-4 on Thursday. After a short-lived 1-0 R-P lead, the Falcons scored five runs in the top of the second and never looked back while on the way to a conference win.

After trailing 5-1 after two innings, both teams were scoreless in the third. Both teams scored twice in the fourth inning and the Trojans trailed 7-3. Each team added another run in the fifth inning. W-K scored three more in the sixth and five more runs in the seventh inning. The Falcons scored 16 runs on 16 hits and made just one error. The Trojans scored four runs on six hits while committing four errors.

Jacobson had the only multi-hit game for R-P, going two for three with an RBI and run scored. Eide added a hit and a run, as did Schueler. Dahl added a single and an RBI. Oian added a single in four at-bats. Avianna Anderson scored a run.

Hoiness pitched the first four innings in the circle, giving up 10 hits and seven runs (seven earned). She walked one and struck out one. Jacobson was next, pitching three innings, allowing six hits and nine runs (seven earned), and giving up four runs.

Anna Schneider pitched the opening 3.1 innings for W-K, allowing four hits and three earned runs. Julia Schmoker worked the final 3.2 innings, allowing two hits and an unearned run. Savannah LaRocque and Olivia Passe each had three hits. Passe drove in two runs and scored three times. LaRocque added an RBI and scored twice.

R-P vs. St. Charles

The Trojans ended the week with a Friday road trip to St. Charles and ran into a buzz saw. The Saints scored in all four innings they came to the plate, ending the game on 11 runs with 16 hits and no errors. The Trojans were scoreless on one hit and made three errors.

St. Charles scored two runs in the first inning and didn’t look back. The Saints added three runs in the second inning, one in the third, and five more in the fourth, closing out the game in the top of the fifth inning.

Oian had the only hit of the game for R-P, a single in two at-bats. She was the only Trojan baserunner as the Saints pitchers didn’t issue a walk and there were no errors in the field.

Hoiness pitched the first 3.1 innings, allowing 15 hits, 11 earned runs, and two St. Charles home runs. Jacobson worked the final two-thirds of an inning, giving up just one hit and no runs.

Brenna Koeppel got the five-inning, complete-game win for St. Charles.

Schedule

The week already kicked off with a home game against Southland on Monday, May 6. The Trojans stayed home on Tuesday, May 7, for a matchup with La Crescent-Hokah. The Trojans head to Houston on Thursday, May 9, and then have another tough home game against Caledonia, on Friday, May 10.