Prep Softball: Cards fall short

WILLMAR - Jordyn Swoboda hit a home run and scored three runs in the season opener for the Willmar softball team, but the Cardinals came up just 60 feet short in a 5-4 Central Lakes Conference loss to Sartell on Tuesday afternoon.


WILLMAR - Jordyn Swoboda hit a home run and scored three runs in the season opener for the Willmar softball team, but the Cardinals came up just 60 feet short in a 5-4 Central Lakes Conference loss to Sartell on Tuesday afternoon.

Trailing by one run, Grace Culshaw laced a one-out single to left field and motored all the way to third base on a two-base error. Swoboda, who had hit a homer in her previous plate appearance, then laid down a safety squeeze bunt, but Sabres pitcher Riley Trobec threw home in time to get Culshaw at the plate to cut down the tying run.

After Carly Hulstien grounded out sharply to second base to end the game, Willmar was left disappointed, but still with plenty of positive takeaways from its season opener.

"We were thankful for sunny day and good weather to start off," Cardinals head coach Shannon Cayler said. "Some positives were a lot of balls in play and had a lot of contact, so I didn't feel too bad of selection of hitting. And then there was Jordyn."

Swoboda went 2-for-2 with a walk and a fifth-inning solo homer. The senior flashed the leather, as well, turning an impressive double play by herself in the sixth inning.


"I would definitely say she had a very good game," Cayler said. "A walk, the hits, home run and a double play that she made by herself. She was really strong offensively and defensively. Definitely had the spark plugs in her tonight."

Sartell scored three runs in the third inning to break a 1-1 tie, but the Cardinals responded with a pair of runs on an Emma Culshaw single and an Amanda Zuidema sacrifice fly.

Lexi Kopacek pitched all seven innings for the Cardinals, settling down from the fourth inning onward to allow five runs over seven innings while striking out four batters.

Sartell 5, Willmar 4

Sartell 103 010 0-5 13 0

Willmar 102 010 0-4 7 1

Hitting - Sartell: Cami Doman 2-4 3b r, Madaline Thieschafer 3-4 2b, r-2 rbi, Julianna Tavale 2-4 rbi-2, Addy DeMaine 2-4 r rbi, Tonya Paul 2-4... Willmar: Jordyn Swoboda 2-2 hr r-3 rbi sb, Carly Hulstien 1-4, Emma Culshaw 1-2 r rbi, Amanda Zuidema 1-3 rbi, Grace Culshaw 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Sartell: Riley Trobec (W) 7-6-4-4-2-4 ...Willmar: Lexi Kopacek (L) 7-13-5-5-1-4


Morris/CA 14, ACGC 2

Morris/Chokio-Alberta brought the bats on Tuesday to take down ACGC in five innings.

The Falcons were threatening early on but an inning-ending triple play with the bases loaded ended the threat with the game tied and the Tigers were able to run away with things.

Bailey Marty led the game with a 3-for-3 performance for the Tigers, finishing with four runs scored on the game.

M/CA 232 52-14 13 0

ACGC 200 00-2 4 5

Hitting - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Emma Bowman 1-4 r, Bailey Marty 3-3 rbi r-4, Piper Gibson 2-3 rbi-2 r-3, Kali Hottovy 1-3, Whitney DeMaris 2-3 rbi-2 r-2, Karly Fehr 1-2 r-2, Ashley Solvie 1-2 r, Nicole Solvie 1-2 rbi-2, Riley Decker 1-1 ... ACGC: Maree Lee 2-3 2b r, Rylie Wilner 1-2 rbi, Taryn Reinke 1-1 2b

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Brooke Gillespie (W) 5-4-2-2-2-4 ... ACGC: Reinke (L) 3.1-12-12-6-1-1, Micayla Hobson 1.2-1-2-2-2-0


Melrose 11, BOLD 3

Two bad innings cost BOLD in a West Central Conference game on Tuesday in Olivia.

Melrose scored four first-inning runs, then tacked on five more in the fifth.

BOLD's Sierra Weis and Elsa Skeie both had two hits and Skeie, Taylor Sagedahl and Shelby Stovern all drove in runs.

Melrose 400 052 0-11 14 1

BOLD 001 001 1-3 8 3

Hitting - Melrose: Ashley Radermacher 3-4 rbi-2 r-3, Kinzie Wolbeck 3-4 rbi-3 ... BOLD: Sierra Weis 2-4 r, Elsa Skeie 2-4 rbi, Taylor Sagedahl 0-4 rbi, Devyn O'Halloran 1-4 r, Emily Sheehan 1-4, Shelby Stovern 1-3 rbi, Katie Buchtel 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Melrose: Kenzie Meyer (W) 7-8-3-3-2-3 ... BOLD: Morgan Flann (L) 7-14-11-7-1-4

Montevideo 3, Minnewaska 2

Montevideo emerged victorious in a pitcher's duel against Minnewaska thanks to a hard-hit ball by Ashley McKee who plated the game-winning run in the bottom of the seventh.

Sydni Streich led the inning off with a walk and went on to score on the liner back to Minnewaska pitcher Morgan Hess who couldn't make the catch.

The Lakers were held to three total hits by Breanna Welling but walks and errors led to the two Minnewaska runs in the fourth inning.

The Thunderhawks scored two in the sixth and one in the seventh to earn the victory. Neither pitcher allowed an earned run.

Minnewaska 000 200 0-2 3 2

Montevideo 000 002 1-3 6 4

Hitting - Minnewaska: Erin Edmunds 2-4 2b, Abby VerSteeg 1-4 ... Montevideo: Ashley McKee 2-4 2b rbi, Abby Olson 1-3 r, Cali Christian 1-3 rbi, Sydney Zindel 1-3, Kari Fragodt 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnewaska: Morgan Hess (L) 7-6-3-0-2-4 ... Montevideo: Breanna Welling (W) 7-3-2-0-6-1

RCW 7, RTR 4

RCW started strong with six runs in the first three innings to take down Russell-Tyler-Ruthton in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader.

Carli Krogman, Brooke Harder, Emma Rice and Sam Schneider all logged multiple hits in the game and Krogman went on to earn the victory with a complete game finish.

RCW 204 010 0-7 10 4

RTR 001 110 1-4 10 1

Hitting - Renville County West: Carli Krogman 2-4, Brooke Engstrom 1-4, Brooke Harder 3-4 2b, Emma Rice 2-4 rbi-2, Sam Schneider 2-4 2b rbi-2... Russell: Alderson 4-4, Nielsen 2-4 rbi, Johansen 2-3 2b rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RCW: Krogman (W) 7-10-4-3-2-3 ... RTR: Bartman (L) 7-10-7-4-0-3

RCW 18, RTR 13

The Jaguars kept the offensive firepower going in game two, scoring 18 runs off 21 hits. RTR put up a strong effort with 13 runs of their own but the Jaguars were unstoppable with eight different hitters.

Krogman went 3-for-5 with a double and triple while Brooke Engstrom was perfect, finishing 5-for-5 with a double. Emma Rice, who earned her first varsity victory, also went 3-for-5 with a double and four runs batted in.

RTR 150 232 0-13 18 2

RCW 282 231 x-18 21 4

Hitting - RTR: Alderson 3-5, Buchert 3-4 3b, Bartman 3-4 2b rbi-3 ... RCW: Krogman 3-5 2b 3b rbi-2, Engstrom 5-5 2b rbi-2, Harder 2-5 rbi-2, Rice 3-5 2b rbi-4, Delilah Angeles 1-4 2b rbi, Schneider 3-5 2b-2 rbi-3, Morgan Haen 3-5 rbi-2, Brittney Marr 2-3 rbi

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - RTR: Bartman (L) 6-21-18-17-1-2 ... RCW: Rice (W) 7-18-13-9-4-0

Paynesville 6, BBE 2

Bailey Wehler went 2-for-3 with a double, triple, two runs scored and two runs batted in to guide the Dragons past the Jaguars on Tuesday afternoon.

BBE scored one in the top of the first but Paynesville scored three in the third to take the lead for good. It was plenty for Skylar Bayer who struck out six in seven innings while only allowing four hits.

BBE 100 100 0-2 4 2

Paynesville 003 102 x-6 5 2

Hitting - BBE: Kendra Schmitz 1-3 2b r, Cassandra Tensen 2-3 2b, Ally Riggs 1-3 ... Paynesville: Bailey Wehler 2-3 2b 3b r-2 rbi-2, Abby Schaefer 1-3 rbi r, Molly Stang 1-1 rbi, Lindy Hennen 1-3 r-2

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - BBE: Tensen (L) 6-5-6-6-7-0 ... Paynesville: Skylar Bayer (W) 7-4-2-2-2-6

Rockford 9, Litchfield 8

Jasmin Estrada hit a grand slam in the bottom of the seventh inning but Rockford held on for a Wright County Conference win on Tuesday.

Estrada had three hits, including a double, and drove in six runs. Bella Meyer was two hits, including a double.

The Dragons play at Glencoe-Silver Lake at 4:30 p.m. Thursday.

Rockford 031 220 1-9 10 2

Litchfield 022 000 4-8 7 6

Hitting - Rockford: Grace Rootness 2-4, McKenzie Rentz 2-3 ... Litchfield: Bella Meyer 2-4 2b, Maddy Benson 1-2 bb-2, Kristin Jones 1-3, Jasmin Estrada 3-3 gs 2b rbi-6 bb

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Rockford: Rootness 4.2-6-4-3-3-7, Emili Caine 1.1-1-4-3-3-3, Madeline Altmann (W) 1-0-0-0-0-2 ... Litchfield: Madison Larson (L) 7-10-9-4-4-2

KMS, LQPV split

The KMS and Lac qui Parle Valley softball teams split a Camden Conference doubleheader on Tuesday in Madison.

KMS won Game One 7-0 on a one-hitter but the Eagles rebounded for a 3-2 in the second game.

Lac qui Parle Valley's Haley Wollschlager got the win in the second game, working all seven innings and allowing two hits while striking out nine.

On Game One, Wollschlager managed the Eagles' lone hit but did work 1-1/3 innings in relief, striking out two.

See the Tribune's Thursday print edition for more on the games.

College Softball

The Ridgewater softball team dropped a pair of MCAC games on Tuesday in Willmar.

Minnesota West clipped the Warriors 12-9 in the first game and took Game Two 21-5.

The Warriors play a doubleheader at Riverland in Austin beginning at noon Saturday.

Minnesota West 21, Ridgewater 5

MN West 870 51-21 22 1

Ridgewater 100 40-5 11 4

Hitting - Minnesota West: Brooklyn Barnett. 3-4 2b r-3, Emily Haubrich 3-4 r-4 ... Ridgewater: Abby Oberg 1-3 2b r, Payton Wilner 1-2 rbi r-2 bb, Raelin Radke 2-3, Andrea Olson 2-3 rbi, Evelyn Resop 1-3, Hannah Nelson 1-3 r, Kaitlynn Kienholz 2-3, Natalie Neumann 1-3

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnesota West: Katherine Ihnen (W) 5-11-5-4-1-0 ... Ridgewater: Neumann (L) 4-19-16-9-0-2, Oberg 1-3-5-5-5-1

Minnesota West 12, Ridgewater 9

MN West 310 503 0-12 20 2

Ridgewater 102 500 1-9 22 3

Hitting - Minnesota Wes: Brooklyn Barnett 4-5 2b-2 r-2, Nicole Rowe 3-5 3b 2b r-2 ... Ridgewater: Oberg 1-4 rbi r bb, Wilner 4-5 rbi r-4, Radke 4-4 2b rbi r, Olson 3-3 2b rbi-3 sac sb, Trulock 1-4 rbi, Evelyn Resop 2-4 r, Lauri Hopp 0-3 bb, Nelson 1-4 rbi r, Kienholz 2-4 r

Pitching (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) - Minnesota West: Katherine Ihnen (W) 7-22-9-6-2-3 ... Ridgewater: Neumann (L) 7-20-12-10-1-4

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