Prep softball: ACGC explodes for 28 runs to beat Minnewaska
GROVE CITY — Cold temperatures, wind, light drizzle and two of the tougher pitchers in the area going head-to-head. Not the recipe for a high-scoring game.
Throw out the recipe.
ACGC ripped 31 hits and scored runs by the buckets against Minnewaska ace Madison Phillips, defeating the Lakers 28-12 in a five-inning game Friday.
The Falcons set team records for hits, runs and tied a school mark with three home runs.
“I didn’t expect this at all, from either side,” said ACGC head coach Brad Nelson II. “I thought it would be a 4-2-kind of game. But the kids just kept hitting; line drives, one after the other. The other shocker is they did it in cold weather.”
Both teams finished the day with 5-2 records. ACGC plays next against Yellow Medicine East at 5 p.m. Monday in Grove City.
On Friday, the Falcons and Lakers combined 20 runs in the first two innings, and the Lakers pulled within a run by scoring five runs in the top of the third to make it 13-12 ACGC.
The Falcons responded with an 11-run third inning, then ended the game with a four-run fourth.
ACGC’s Hannah Wilner hit a grand slam in the third inning, Sydney Larson hit a two-run blast in the second inning and the next batter, Erica Melbie, hit a solo shot.
The Falcons’ Natasha Dallmann was 5-for-5 with four RBIs, Jacey Nelson had four hits, including two doubles, and drove in two runs and Payton Wilner, Kelsey Kramer and Mikayla Holm all were 4-for-4 and combined to drive in six runs. Katie Moore had three hits and four RBIs.
Larson got the win, despite allowing 10 earned runs.
Minnewaska’s Phillips was 3-for-3, doubling twice and driving in a run, and Julie Helander also was 3-for-3 with a double and three RBIs
ACGC 28, Minnewaska 12
Minnewaska 525 00 — 12 12 4
ACGC 67(11) 4x — 28 31 2
HITTING – Minnewaska: Madison Phillips 3-for-3 2b-2 rbi, Julie Helander 3-for-3 2b rbi-3, Allyssa Engfer 2-for-3 rbi, Lexi Amundson 1-for-4 2b rbi, Kacia Kollman 1-for-3 2b rbi, Sydney Joos 1-for-2, Rachel Bakko 1-for-1 2b … ACGC: Natasha Dallmann 5-for-5 rbi-4, Jacey Nelson 4-for-5 2b-2 rbi-2, Payton Wilner 4-for-4 rbi-3, Kelsey Kramer 4-for-4 rbi, Mikayla Holm 4-for-4 rbi-2, Sydney Larson 2-for-5 hr rbi-2, Erica Melbie 2-for-5 hr 2b rbi-3, Hannah Wilner 2-for-5 gs rbi-4, Katie Moore 3-for-4 2b rbi-4, Hanna Lang 1-for-1
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Minnewaska: LP-Phillips 2-19-19-19-1-2 … ACGC: WP-Larson 5-12-12-10-3-1