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Prep softball: ACGC explodes for 28 runs to beat Minnewaska

ACGC’s Natasha Dallmann, left, congratulates teammate Erica Melbie at home plate after Melbie hit a solo homer in the second inning Friday in Grove City. Melbie hit her home run after Sydney Larson hit a two-run shot. Hannah Wilner hit a grand slam in the third to help lead the Falcons to a 28-12 win.

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

Tom Larson

Tom Larson is the sports editor of the West Central Tribune.

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