Tuesday, April 24
YME 2, Morris/CA 1
“We finally put it all together,” said a relieved Kristi Klassen after Yellow Medicine East squeaked by Morris/Chokio Alberta with a 2-1 West Central Conference South victory Tuesday evening in Granite Falls.
Klassen, the YME head coach, was thrilled with the performance of her team as they managed to stay in the thick of the conference title race; knocking off the previously unbeaten Tigers.
YME junior Allie Trudel out dueled Morris’s McKenzie Van Batavia for the win. The pair pitched 3½ scoreless innings to open the game and Trudel would finish allowing just five hits and one unearned run, while striking out four to get the complete-game win.
The Sting struck offensively in the fourth inning. Angie Scheffler singled to lead off the inning and moved to second after Kendra Sander walked. Two outs followed before Scheffler scored on an infield error and Sander came home on Nena McCall’s single to right-center.
The Tigers threatened in the fifth with a Tracy Meischner single to right that scored Nicole Strobel, who reached on an error.
In their half of the seventh the Tigers put runners on second and third, but Trudel slammed the door shut with a strikeout to end the game.
Morris/CA 000 010 0 — 1 5 3
YME 000 200 x — 2 3 3
Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Tracy Meischner 1-for-4, rbi; Sadie Fischer 1-for-3; Holly Amundson 2-for-3; Brooke Johnson 1-for-3
Yellow Medicine East: Nena McCall 1-for-3, rbi; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3; Angie Scheffler 1-for-3
Morris/Chokio-Alberta: McKenzie Van Batavia (L) 6-3-2-1-5-5
Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (W) 7-5-1-0-1-4
MACCRAY 5, YME 2
Four runs in the bottom of the sixth inning erased what had been a 2-1 Yellow Medicine East lead and led to a 5-2 MACCRAY victory Monday in Clara City.
In the sixth, MARRAY’s Rachel Davids and Jennifer Sommers sparked the rally with back-to-back singles. Then came a Sting error and an RBI hit by Taylor Grussing. Molly Friese and Hailey Goeman then smacked RBI hits. Finally, the final run trickled in with a bases-loaded walk.
Each team opened the game scoring a run in the first. Then Allie Trudel hit a sacrifice fly to score Mollie Nielsen who reached on a single and YME took a 2-1 lead.
Winning pitcher Goeman threw a five-hitter with nine walks and nine strikeouts.
Trudel absorbed the loss for the Sting; allowing 12 hits and three earned runs while striking out five.
YME 100 100 0 — 2 5 3
MACC. 100 004 x— 5 12 1
Yellow Medicine East: Jennessa Hoffman 1-for-4, 2b; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3, Allie Trudel 1-for-1, rbi; Angie Scheffler 1-for-3, 2b; Mollie Nielsen 1-for-3
MACCRAY: Paige Ammermann 1-for-3, rbi; Molly Friese 2-for-4, rbi; Hailey Goman 2-for-4, rbi; Erica Bonnema 1-for-3, 2b, rbi; Rachel Davids 2-for-3, Jennifer Sommers 1-for-1, Taylor Grussing 3-for-3, rbi
Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (L) 6-12-5-3-2-5
MACCRAY: Hailey Goeman (W) 7-5-2-2-9-9
Friday, April 20
Lakeview 10, YME 1
In her first ever varsity start, Yellow Medicine East pitcher Mariah Norell kept a fresh-faced Sting team in the ball game, but the brakes came in the seventh where Lakeview piled on seven runs to put away a 10-1 victory in Granite Falls Friday evening.
Analogous to YME’s seventh inning woes, with the Sting down 3-1 and the Lakers at the plate in the seventh with two runners on, the Lakers Lyndsey Peterson hit a deep fly to center with YME centerfielder Jennessa Hoffman tracking it back to the fence. The ball seemed to find the pocket of Hoffman’s glove, before she stopped her sprint and the ball popped out and over the fence for a three-run homerun that detonated the Sting’s chances for a late rally.
“Poor Jennessa,” said YME head coach Kristi Klassen. “She about makes the greatest play of the year and it pops out of her glove. She smiled and laughed about it. That’s the breaks. That’s the way it goes.”
Regardless of the nine-run loss, the atmosphere was still light as Klassen used the non-conference, non-section matchup to rest several regular players (including usual starting pitcher Allie Trudel) and give innings to younger players.
“We wanted to give some kids a chance to play,” said Klassen. “You always want to win the game, but this was a good night to do this. It’s non-conference, non-section, It doesn’t have an impact on anything and I thought the kids did a nice job. Mariah (Weir) made a nice catch out in the outfield, Cassie (Struffert) saved a hit there at first and Norell pitched great.”
Klassen lauded Norell’s command from the pitching circle as the freshman and her changeup kept Lakeview off-balance for six innings.
“I thought she pitched spectacular [sic]. She got a little shaky there in the seventh inning, but man she looked good. She controled them for six innings. So, it was a very nice job... She has a beautiful changeup, she hits her spots and she throws harder than I thought she did.”
YME scored their lone run when Nena McCalla hit a first inning double and scored on a two-out single by Allie Trudel. Angie Scheffler also had a hit in the game.
After the game, Klassen said she feels good about her team’s chances in conference play even though they’ve had a tough run of non-conference games.
“I thought that (Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City) might be the best team in the conference and we had ‘em,” said Klassen of YME’s game the night before against ACGC. “We had our one bad inning and it cost us the game. We were right with the best team in the conference. So, I feel better about things than I did earlier in the year. We have a shot. We’re going to have to win two of the next three next week, but we have a shot.”
Lakeview 210 000 7 — 10 15 2
YME 100 000 0 — 1 4 3
Lakeview: Lyndsey Peterson 1-for-4, 3-run HR, Sarah Berg 4-for-4 2 3b
Yellow Medicine East: Nena McCalla 2-for-3, 2b, Allie Trudel 1-for-2, rbi, Angie Scheffler 1-for-3
Lakeview: Lyndsey Peterson (W) 7-4-1-1-1-12
Yellow Medicine East: Mariah Norell (L) 7-15-10-7-0-4
Thursday, April 19
ACGC 13, YME 9
Yellow Medicine East couldn’t cling to an early 5-2 lead and let Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City slip away with a 13-9 West Central Conference victory Thursday in Grove City.
The Sting jumped out to the early lead thanks largely to a three-run home-run by Courtney Hinz in the second inning that gave the Sting a 4-2 lead.
ACGC fought back with four runs in the bottom of the third and five more in the fourth.
The Sting committed four errors in the loss which drops them to 2-3 overall and 2-1 in the WCC.
Jennessa Hoffman was 3-for-5 with three RBIs, and Angie Scheffler was 2-for-4 with an RBI.
YME's Allie Trudel pitched six innings for the Sting and took the loss. She struck out three batters, walked two and allowed seven earned runs.
ACGC was led offensively by Erica Melbie, who was 2-for-4 with three RBIs. Winning pitcher, Sydney Larson, added a triple for one of the Falcons' 12 hits on the day.
YME 131 002 2 — 9 9 4
ACGC 204 520 x — 13 11 3
Yellow Medicine East: Nena McCalla 1-for-3, Jenessa Hoffman 1-for-5, 2 rbi; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3, 3-run HR, 3 rbi; Angie Scheffler 1-for-4, rbi; Kendra Sander 1-for-2, 2b; Danie Roden 1-for-3, rbi; Mollie Nielsen 2-for-4, Mariah Weir 1-for-1
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Sydney Larson 2-for-3, 3b, rbi; Paige Wilner 2-for-4, 3 rbi; Erica Melbie 2-for-4, 5 rbi; Kelsey Kramer 2-for-4, Natasha Dallmann 1-for-4, 3b, 2 rbi; Jaycey Nelson 1-for-4, Payton Wilner 1-for-3
Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (L) 6-11-13-10-2-7
Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City: Sydney Larson (W) 7-9-9-5-6-5