The Fillmore Central girls fastpitch team ended its season July 24 with a tournament in Grand Meadow. The team members are, in front, from left, Lauren Mensink, Courtney Hershberger, Hope Sexton and Addy Schoepski. In the second row are Jordan Oelkers, KJ Corson, Haley Joerg and MaKayla Braaten. Not shown are Addie Peters, Hannah Storlie, Marissa Topness, Morgan Pickett and Madison Krage.  SUBMITTED PHOTO
The Fillmore Central girls fastpitch team ended its season July 24 with a tournament in Grand Meadow. The team members are, in front, from left, Lauren Mensink, Courtney Hershberger, Hope Sexton and Addy Schoepski. In the second row are Jordan Oelkers, KJ Corson, Haley Joerg and MaKayla Braaten. Not shown are Addie Peters, Hannah Storlie, Marissa Topness, Morgan Pickett and Madison Krage. SUBMITTED PHOTO
On a steaming hot day in mid-July, the Fillmore Central girls fastpitch team traveled to LeRoy-Ostrander for a two-game tournament.

In the first game against Grand Meadow, the girls started with a quick 2-0 lead with runs scored by Addie Peters and KJ Corson. The team held the Superlarks to three runs in the game and scored another three runs in both the third and fourth innings for a final score of 8-3. Runs scored came from Corson, Peters, Jordan Oelkers and Hope Sexton.

In the second game of the day, the girls battled the LeRoy-Ostrander Cardinals, as well as the heat. The girls faced tough pitching, striking out seven times in the game but also were able to score six runs. Runs scored came from Peters, Oelkers, Haley Joerg (2), MaKayla Braaten and Madison Krage. Pitcher KJ Corson and the Falcons gave up six runs resulting in a tie against the Cardinals.

The final softball tournament took place in Grand Meadow on July 24. The girls had a smaller roster this week due to family vacations and commitments at the Fillmore County Fair. The mighty eight Falcons faced an aggressive, older Lanesboro team in the first game. Lauren Mensink and Hope Sexton shared pitching duties against the Burros. Sexton made many great plays in the field at both the shortstop and pitcher position. MaKayla Braaten and Courtney Hershberger got on base every at bat but the Falcons were unable to score any runs resulting in a loss against the Burros, 10-0.

The gals showed great resilience against a younger Grand Meadow team during the second game of the tournament. No score was kept in this game but the gals really impressed their coaches with strong hits and aggressive base running.

The final "game" of the tournament was a two-inning battle against Spring Valley/LeRoy-Ostrander. Knowing it was their last game, the girls had some fun trying different positions but still played hard and were able to come out with a 6-3 victory. Scoring in the game were Mensink (2), Oelkers (2), Sexton and Joerg.

Every player on the team worked hard and improved their game a tremendous amount during the season, said coach Brooke Ruesink. This group of young ladies was able to be competitive against tougher and older teams and sometimes brutal practices.

All of the coaches would like to thank the girls for a fun and memorable summer and hope to see them all back next year!