Prep softball roundup: Willmar shuts out Apollo
WILLMAR -- Leah Ruter and Heather Horning combined to shut out Central Lakes Conference rival St. Cloud Apollo 7-0 Friday and help the Cardinals snap a nine-game losing streak.
It was Willmar's first win since April 14. The Cardinals are now 5-9 after starting the season 4-0.
Ruter worked the first four innings to get the win, giving up two hits. Horning, working her way back from a back injury, finished up and surrendered four hits over the fifth, sixth and seventh innings.
Sarah Roehl drove in three runs with a groundout in the first, a single in the fifth and a sacrifice fly in the sixth. Pinch-runner Leah Ramon scored on the groundout and sac fly.
Casey Marcus added a two-run single in the sixth that drove in Addy Nelsen and Sam Williams. Marcus later came around on Ruter's single to cap the scoring.
Lindsey Atchison also drove in Marcus with a bunt in the fifth.
Atchison, Marcus and Horning each had two hits in Willmar's nine-hit attack.
The Cardinals host Sauk Rapids on Tuesday in another CLC game.
Willmar 7, SC Apollo 0
SC Apollo 000 000 0 -- 0 6 5
Willmar 100 024 x -- 7 9 1
HITTING - St. Cloud Apollo: Amanda Walz 2-for-3, 2b ... Willmar: Leah Ruter 1-for-1, rbi; Lindsey Atchison 2-for-3, rbi; Sarah Roehl 1-for-3, 3 rbi; Sam Williams 1-for-3; Casey Marcus 2-for-3, 2 rbi; Heather Horning 2-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- St. Cloud Apollo: Amelia Walz (L) 6-9-7-5-1-2 ... Willmar: Leah Ruter (W) 4-2-0-0-3-3, Heather Horning 3-4-0-0-1-2
Delano 12, Litchfield 1
Delano's Katie Emmer hit two home runs and the Tigers rolled past Litchfield 12-1 on Friday.
Emmer's home runs, both two-run shots, came in the second and fifth innings.
Britny Christensen scored the Dragons' run in the first, reaching on an error and then crossing the plate a batter later on two more errors.
Delano 250 23 -- 12 12 4
Litchfield (1-13) 100 00 -- 1 4 6
HITTING - Delano: Katie Emmer 4-for-4, 2 runs, 2b, 2 HR, 6 rbi, Ashley Lewis 2-for-4, 2 runs, 2 rbi ... Litchfield: Britny Christensen 1-for-3, run, Natasha Stubeda 1-for-3, Alexi Besser 1-for-3, Jayme Brickey 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Delano: MaKenna Giese (W) 5-4-1-0-0-9 ... Litchfield: Kelsey Fisher (L) 5-12-12-6-5-1
MACCRAY 2, TMB 0
Jennifer Sommers spun a three-hit shutout for MACCRAY in a game that was postponed from May 1. Sommers struck out four while walking just one.
The Wolverines had Paige Ammerman walk and steal second base before scoring on Hailey Goeman's sacrifice fly in the first inning and pinch-runner Becca Kimpling score on Laura Hauser's single in the fourth.
MACCRAY (7-5, 8-5) plays Minneota/Can-
by/Lincoln HI in a doubleheader on the road Tuesday to wrap up the conference schedule.
TMB 000 000 0 -- 0 3 1
MACCRAY 100 010 x -- 2 6 2
HITTING - Tracy-Milroy-Balaton: Kate Johnston 1-for-2; Casey Iverson 2-for-3 ... MACCRAY: Paige Ammerman 1-for-2; Hailey Goeman 1-for-1, 2b, rbi; Erica Bonnema 1-for-3; Kyra Luepke 1-for-2; Laura Hauser 2-for-2, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Tracy-Milroy-Balaton: Jenny Welu (L) 6-6-2-2-1-1 ... MACCRAY: Jennifer Sommers (W) 7-3-0-0-1-4
KMS 12, RCW 1
Sam Dunn hit home runs in both games and Erin Haglund threw a no-hitter in Game Two to lead the KMS softball team to a sweep of a doubleheader over Renville County West on Friday.
KMS won Game One 12-1 in five innings, and the Saints took Game Two 10-0, also in five.
KMS is 14-0 overall and plays two games at Dawson-Boyd, beginning at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday. One win on Tuesday would wrap up the Camden Conference title for the Saints.
In Friday's first game, Dunn pitched her sixth win of the season, allowing the one run on three hits and striking out six.
KMS' Courtney Olson his a three-run home run in the first inning, and Dunn hit a solo shot in the second.
Olson and Dunn both had two hits and drove in three runs.
In the second game, the first nine outs KMS recorded came via Haglund strikeouts.
She allowed two walks and struck out 11 to run her record to 8-0.
Dunn hit a two-run homer in the first inning, and Calli Forsell had three hits, including a solo homer in the fifth.
Ellen Johnson doubled twice in the game and drove in a run, and Haglund had two hits and an RBI. Brielle Hauge also had a two-run single.
KMS 513 21 -- 12 10 1
RCW 100 00 -- 1 3 7
HITTING - KMS: Ellen Johnson 1-for-3, Sam Dunn 2-for-2 hr rbi-3, Courtney Olson 2-for-3 hr rbi-3, Lori McCain 1-for-2, Haylie Helms 1-for-4, Lindsay Jorgenson 1-for-1 rbi, Johanna Johnson 1-for-1 2b rbi-2, Sadie Sulier 1-for-3 rbi ... RCW: L. Freiborg 1-for-1 rbi, B. Krugman 1-for-3 2b, F. Wersal 1-for-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- KMS: Dunn (W, 6-0) 5-3-1-1-2-6 ... RCW: Cassidy Fransen (L) 5-10-12-7-5-1
KMS 10, RCW 0
RCW 000 00 -- 0 0 2
KMS 300 52 -- 10 13 0
HITTING - RCW: L.Freiborg 0-for-0 bb-2 ... KMS: Johnson 3-for-3 2b-2 rbi, Dunn 1-for-2 hr rbi-2, Erin Haglund 2-for-3 rbi, Olson 1-for-1, Brielle Hauge 1-for-2 rbi-2, McCain 1-for-2, Helms 1-for-3 2b rbi, Calli Forsell 3-for-3 hr 2b rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- RCW: Molly Elliott (L) 4.1-13-10-10-6-1 ... KMS: Haglund (W, 8-0) 5-0-0-0-2-11
Montevideo 11, ACGC 8
GROVE CITY -- Montevideo denied Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City a shot at a share of the West Central South Conference title with an 11-8 win over the Falcons on Friday.
The Thunder Hawks came out swinging and put a six-spot on the board in the first inning with a rally capped by two two-run doubles from Chelsea Larson and Kiersti Grey.
ACGC clawed its way back, with help from a second inning home run from Natasha Dallmann and a 3-for-4, three RBI performance from Jacey Nelson, but a seventh inning rally came up short.
Grey pitched a complete game to pick up the win for Montevideo. She allowed eight runs on 11 hits and struck out three.
Montevideo (6-7) 620 001 2 -- 11 11 4
ACGC (8-6) 013 100 3 -- 8 11 4
HITTING - Montevideo: Jessica Janisch 1-for-3, Dani Emkes 2-for-4, rbi, Ashley Hoehne 1-for-5, Kelsey Olson 1-for-4, Chelsea Larson 2-for-4, 2b, 4 rbi, Kelsey Quigley 2-for-2, 2b, Hannah Kuno 1-for-4, rbi, Kiersti Grey 1-for-4, 3 rbi ... ACGC: Sydney Larson 1-for-4, Erica Melbie 3-for-4, rbi, Natasha Dallmann 2-for-2, 2b, HR, rbi, Hanna Lang 1-for-3, rbi, Jacey Nelson 3-for-4, 2b, 3 rbi, Kelsey Kramer 1-for-4
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Montevideo: Kjersti Grey (W) 7-11-8-7-5-3... ACGC: Natasha Dallmann (L) 7-11-11-9-9-3
YME 10, LQPV 0
A one-hitter spun by Allie Trudel and seven-run second inning allowed second-place Yellow Medicine East to keep its hope alive for a piece of the conference title.
Trudel didn't walk a batter and struck out two in the five-inning contest. Questa Stensrud singled in the second for Lac qui Parle Valley's lone hit.
YME (8-2, 8-7) sent 11 batters to the plate in the second with Nena McCalla and Jennessa Hoffman supplying RBI singles and Angie Scheffler and Trudel drawing walks when the bases were loaded.
Cassie Stuffert capped the scoring in the fourth when her single knocked in Scheffler and Mollie Nielsen.
The Sting play at conference-leading Morris/Chokio-Alberta on Tuesday. The Tigers, who lost 2-1 to YME earlier in the season, are 10-1 in the South and a win would give them the title outright.
LQPV 000 00 -- 0 1 0
YME 170 2x -- 10 10 2
HITTING - Lac qui Parle Valley: Questa Stensrud 1-for-2 ... YME: Nena McCalla 2-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Jennessa Hoffman 1-for-3, rbi; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3; Angie Scheffler 2-for-2, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Hailey Enstad 1-for-2; Cassie Stuffert 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Haley Fischer 1-for-2; Dani Roden 1-for-1
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Lac qui Parle Valley: Alyssa Harms (L) 2-9-8-8-2-2, Michaela DuFrane 2-1-2-2-3-1 ... YME: Allie Trudel (W) 5-1-0-0-0-2
Eden Valley-Watkins 3
Paynesville's Megan Schaefer drove in the winning run on a sacrifice fly to center field in the ninth inning of non-conference game on Friday.
In the ninth, Jess Solum reached second on an error, advanced to third on a stolen base and scored on Schaefer's fly ball to center field..
Schaefer got the win, working all nine innings, no allowing an earned run or a walk and striking out five.
Solum also doubled in a run.
The Bulldogs are 8-6 overall and play Albany in Paynesville at 4:30 p.m. Monday.
Paynesville 110 010 001 -- 4 5 4
EV-Watkins 000 210 000 -- 3 5 3
HITTING - Paynesville: Sam Dahl 1-for-4, Brooke Wuertz 1-for-5 3b r, Allie Stanger 1-for-4, Megan Schaefer 1-for-4, Jess Solum 1-for-4 2b r ... Eden Valley-Watkins: B. Stang 2-for-4 rbi r, K. Phillip 1-for-4 rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Paynesville: M.Schaefer (W) 9-5-3-0-0-5 ... Eden Valley-Watkins: Bailey Lahr (L) 9-5-4-3-3-7