Softball team goes 4-1; seeding is Friday
Thursday, May 16, 2013 4:19 AM
This past week the Fillmore Central/Lanesboro gals picked up wins over St. Charles (8-1), Dover-Eyota (4-1) and Southland (4-3, 12-2), while losing to TRC-South leader Chatfield (10-1).
Against St. Charles, Morgan Malley was a standout on the mound and at the plate as the FCL ladies downed a typically strong St. Charles team. Malley was four-for-four at the plate, knocking in three runs and scoring two herself. She also threw a one-hitter, allowing only one unearned run. She had seven strikeouts and walked three.
Also getting hits for the Falcons were Jordan O'Connor, Taylor Case and Tori Peterson. Runs were scored by Malley (2), Case, Peterson (2), Steph Erickson and Shelby Ebner (2).
"We played a good solid game," said coach Tris Tollefson. "It was nice to score some runs."
The Saints got their lone hit in the top of the seventh inning.
Chatfield was a suspended game that didn't get finished back in April. "They hit the ball and play excellent defense behind their pitchers," said Tollefson.
"We struggled defensively, and when you give a good hitting team extra outs, they take advantage in a hurry."
The Falcons hit the ball, but left 12 runners on base. Getting the hits for FCL were Malley, O'Connor (2), Case (2), Peterson, Kaitlynn Aug (2) and Ebner. Steph Erickson started the game and pitched one inning. Morgan Malley finished the game for the Falcons.
Against Dover-Eyota, Morgan Malley struck out 12 and allowed only one hit. Taylor Case continued her hot bat, picking up two more in the win over the Eagles. Morgan Malley had a triple and Chelsea Rislove had a double to go along with the singles for Taylor Sprenger, Case (2), Steph Erickson and Shelby Ebner.
Against Southland it was a "nasty day to play a pair of games," said coach Tollefson. "I thought we played good defense in very tough conditions."
Steph Erickson got her first varsity win. "She pitched a whale of a game," said Tollefson. Erickson struck out 11 (career high) and scored the winning run in the top of the seventh. Getting the hits for FCL were Sprenger, Rislove, Peterson and Erickson.
In game 2, the Lady Falcons got things going early, scoring six runs in the bottom of the first inning, then added four more in the bottom of the sixth inning to 10-run the Rebels. Great pair of wins, and confidence booster, playing without sophomore leader Morgan Malley. Jordan O'Connor had a pair of hits, including a double, to lead the Falcon offense. Also getting hits were Sprenger, Rislove (double), Peterson, Ebner and Gabby Brazee. Great pair of games for Steph Erickson.
The gals are now 6-2 in the TRC-South, and 7-2 overall. The team will finish the regular season this week with games against Wabasha-Kellogg (Tuesday, away), Rushford-Peterson (Wednesday, home, double-header), GMLOK (Thursday, away, double-header) and Spring Grove/Caledonia (Saturday, home, double-header).
The seeding meeting is Friday. Sub-section play starts next week. Check the Fillmore Central website for the upcoming tournament schedule, or go to the Minnesota State High School League website.