The Fillmore Central/Lanesboro softball team got a pair of wins over Rushford-Peterson on Monday, improving to 5-0 on the season, but still have games with Wabasha-Kellogg, Plainview-Elgin-Millville and Caledonia/Spring Grove (double-header) yet this week.

With another late spring, the spring sports teams are going to see another compacted schedule this year, although they are getting a head start compared to last year.

Monday the gals downed Rushford-Peterson, 11-1 and 3-2, upping their Three Rivers Conference, and overall, record to 5-0.

The Lady Falcons scored nine runs in the first inning of game one and never looked back in the TRC win over the Trojans. Morgan Malley and Gabby Brazee each had two hits and three RBI in game one. One of Malley's hits was a homer, coming in the fourth inning. Also getting hits for the ladies were Taylor Sprenger, Megan Hendrickson, Kaitlynn Aug, Shelby Ebner, Maggie Haugstad and Tayah Barnes. Every one of the starters for FC/L scored at least one run in the game. Malley was the pitcher of record, recording the win with 10 strikeouts, while giving up six hits and one walk.

Steph Erickson pitched the first five innings of the second game and got the win. Malley got her first save of the season, going the last two innings. Erickson gave up just two hits, one run and struck out two. Malley also gave up one run on three hits. Malley got her second home run of the season with a leadoff blast in the bottom of the first inning. Also coming up with hits in game two were Sprenger, Ebner and Haley Polin.

Last Thursday the Lady Falcons downed Cotter, 4-0, in Winona. Hendrickson and Malley led the offense with a pair of hits each. Both of Hendrickson's hits were doubles, and both resulted in runs-batted-in; two in the first inning and one more in the third. The gals scored three runs in the first inning on a walk (Sprenger) and three hits (Erickson, Hendrickson and Aug).

FC/L's fourth run came in the third inning on a single by Brazee and another double by Hendrickson. The last four innings of the game, the Falcons only sent 13 batters to the plate, but did enough damage in the first three innings to secure the win.

Malley was on the mound for the gals and got the win. Malley gave up four hits, one walk and struck out seven.

"Morgan Malley kept a great hitting Cotter team off balance," said coach Tris Tollefson. "Megan Hendrickson came up with a pair of big doubles, driving home three runs. Defensively we were led by Steph Erickson, who turned a big double play, and Tayah Barnes, who made a terrific catch in the third inning, taking away an extra-base hit from Cotter."

Cotter got runners on base in the first, second, fourth, fifth, sixth and seventh innings, but only threatened to score in the seventh inning when their runner got to third base. Malley got the third out in the seventh inning with a strikeout and the runner stranded on third base.

The gals did have two defensive errors in the game, but neither seemed to bother the confidence of the team.

Line score vs. Cotter

FC/L 3-0-1-0-0-0-0 = 4-7-2, LOB 4

Cotter 0-0-0-0-0-0-0 = 0-4-0, LOB 5