MURDOCK -- The Fighting Saints unleashed a barrage of fireworks to crush visiting Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI in a pair of softball games on Tuesday.
The Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg juggernaut that was the 2011 Class A run-ners-up showed a sparkling assortment of power hitting (5 homers) and precision pitching.
The Saints (2-0) totaled 32 runs and 29 hits over 10 innings.
Erin Haglund pitched a 5-inning no-no in the second game (fanning 12 with 1 free pass) after Sam Dunn delivered a 4-hitter in the opener played on the field next to the Murdock school.
The scores were 14-1 and 18-0.
In game two, the Saints began the third inning with 7 straight hits and went on to push across 13 runs. There were five homers in the game, two each by both Dunn and Courtney Olson and a fifth by Ellen Johnson.
MCLH pitcher Kelsey Tolk hung tough against the noisy KMS bats. Listed as an infielder, she threw all five inning of both games for the visitors (0-2).
Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg 14, Minneota/Canby/Lincoln HI 1
KMS 232 61-- 14 10 2
Minn/Canby 010 00 -- 1 4 5
HITTING - Canby/Minneota: Jess Fox 1-for-3, Ricki Kallhoff 1-for-2, Payton Boerboom 1-for-1, Abby Champagne 1-for-2 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Sam Dunn 1-for-2, Erin Haglund 1-for-4, rbi; Courtney Olson 2-for-4, 2b, 2 rbi; Brielle Hauge 2-for-4, 3b, rbi; Haylie Helms 3-for-3, 2b, 3b, rbi; Kalli Forsell 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Can-by/Minneota: Kelsey Tolk (L) 5-110-14-8-2-2 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Dunn (W) 5-4-1-1-2-8
KMS 18, MCLH 0
Minn/Canby 000 00 -- 0 0 4
KMS 40(13) 1x-- 18 19 1
HITTING - Canby/Minneota: none ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Ellen Johnson 3-for-4, 2b, HR, 2 rbi; Sam Dunn 2 HRs, 5 rbi; Erin Haglund 1-for-4, Courtney Olson 2 solo HRs, 2 rbi; Lori McCain 1-for-2, rbi; Brielle Hague 2-for-3; Laura Wentzel 1-for-1, Haylie Helms 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Kelsey Rothers 1-for-1, Lyndsay Jorgenson 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Kalli Forsell 2-for-3.
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Can-by/Minneota: Kelsey Tolk (L) 4-19-18-15-0-4 ... Kerkhoven-Murdock-Sunburg: Haglund (W) 5-0-0-0-1-12