Tribune Staff Reports
SAUK RAPIDS -- The Willmar Cardinals sustained their first loss on the softball field on Thursday, a 6-0 setback to the Sauk Rapids Storm.
Jenni Rasmussen threw a smart four-hitter, all singles. She didn't walk a Cardinal and struck out only two as her fielders played errorless defense.
The Cardinals, after a 4-0 start, weren't sharp in the field and quickly fell behind 5-0 after two innings.
Willmar pitcher Heather Horning gave up nine hits, walked one and fanned six.
The Storm's Rachel Paulsen went 3-for-3 with a solo homer in the fourth to conclude the scoring.
Sauk Rapids 6,
Willmar 000 000 0-- 0 4 2
Sauk Rapids 320 100 x -- 6 9 0
HITTING - Willmar: Sarah Roehl 1-for-3, Heather Horning 1-for-3, Laura Schwartz 1-for-3, Addy Nelsen 1-for-3 ... Sauk Rapids: Miranda Wurdelman 2-for-4, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Rachel Paulsen 3-for-3, solo HR, rbi
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Willmar: Heather Horning (L) 6-9-6-5-1-6 ... Sauk Rapids: Jenni Rasmussen (W) 7-4-0-0-0-2
Redwood Valley 12, RCW 0
Sam Felt didn't allow a Renville County West (2-4) player to get a hit as she spun a shutout with 12 strikeouts in six complete innings of work for the unbeaten Cardinals (6-0).
Redwood Valley sent up 13 batters to the plate in the fifth and came away with an 8-0 lead after seven hits produced seven runs.
Redwood Valley 100 074 -- 12 16 0
RCW 000 000 -- 0 0 3
HITTING - Redwood Valley: Ashley Bunting 4-for-5; Nicole Bunting 2-for-5; Sam Felt 2-for-5; Victoria Quast 3-for-3; Allison Curry 2-for-4 ... Renville County West: none
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Redwood Valley: Sam Felt (W) 6-0-0-0-3-12 ... Renville County West: Cassidy Fransen (L) 6-16-12-9-1-5
Dassel-Cokato 16, Litchfield 5
Dassel-Cokato's seven-run second inning doomed the Dragons to their fifth loss of the season on Thursday.
Litchfield fell to 0-4 in the Wright County Conference race and 0-5 overall.
Ali Schafer had two hits and drove in two runs for the Dragons, who play at Delano today at 4:30 p.m.
Litchfield 012 11 -- 5 5 6
Dassel-Cokato...........372 4x -- 16 11 4
HITTING - Litchfield: Alissa Holmgren 1-for-2 r, Jayme Brickey 1-for-3, Natasha Stubeda 1-for-2 r-2, Ali Schafer 2-for-2 rbi-2 ... Dassel-Cokato: C. Kivisto 3-for-4 2b rbi-2 r-4, L. Carlen 2-for-4 2b-2 rbi-5 r
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) -- Litchfield: Kelsey Fisher (L) 4-11-16-10-4-3 ... Dassel-Cokato: S. Kivisto (W)