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Prep softball: Litchfield wins pair at NLS

Tribune photo by Rand Middleton Litchfield’s Kelsey Fisher winds to uncork a pitch in the fourth inning at New London. The hard-throwing senior fanned 16 Wildcats over 10 innings in the Dragons’ 2-1 victory over NLS.

NEW LONDON — Litchfield senior Kelsey Fisher and New London-Spicer junior Kelsey Rustad locked up for 10-innings in a pitching duel on Monday on Field 1.

The deciding run scored with two-outs in the top of the tenth when Kirsten Weseman scored from third with a two outs on a ground ball error.

The game was well played by both teams with many splendid fielding plays for so early in the late-starting season.

Both pitchers were razor sharp. Fisher allowed three hits, fanned 16 and walked two. Rustad gave up five hits and walked one. Both Litchfield runs were unearned.

Litchfield went up 1-0 in the fourth when Britney Christensen, who singled twice, scored on an outfield error. NLS tied it 1-1 in the bottom of the frame when Taylor Thundstedt singled sharply to center, stole second, advanced on a ground out and dove to home plate on a delayed steal.

Litchfield also won Game Two to go to 2-1.

Game One

Litchfield 2, NLS 1

Litchfield             000 100 000 1 — 2  5  1

NLS       000 100 000 0 — 1  3  5 

HITTING – Litchfield: Britney Christensen 2-for-4, sac, run; Tasha Stubeda 1-for-5, Grace Spanos 1-for-4, 2b; Kirsten Weseman 1-for-4, run … NLS: Taylor Thunstedt 1-for-4, 2 sb, run; Abbey Fuchs 2-for-4

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Litchfield: Kelsey Fischer (W) 10-3-1-1-2-16 … NLS: Kelsey Rustad (L) 10-6-2-0-1-6

Game Two

Litchfield 3, NL-Spicer 1

Center fielder Britny Christensen threw out the go ahead run at the plate in the top of third and Litchfield went up 2-1 in the lower half of the frame when Tasha Stubeda scored an unearned run.

Hailey Horstman went the distance for the win stretching out 8 hits. Kelsie Rustad threw a 4-hitter but took another tough loss.

NLS       001 000 0 — 1  8  6 

Litchfield             101 010 x — 3  4  3 

HITTING – NLS: Kelsie Rustad 1-for-2, Taylor Thundstedt 2-for-4, rbi; Bri Fredrick 2-for-4, Hannah Stehn 1-for-3, Sienna Kampsen 1-for-3, Lindsay Bagle 1-for-2 … Litchfield: Britny Christensen 1-for-4, Hailey Horstmann 2-for-3, Alexi Besser 1-for-3, 2b; Alisa Godejahn 0-for-3, bb, rbi; 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – NLS: Kelsie Rustad (L) 6-4-3-1-3-4 … Litchfield: Hailey Horstmann (W) 7-8-1-1-4-7