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Granite Falls Advocate Tribune - Granite Falls, MN
  • Softball journal: Sting lose share of conference title

  • Morris/CA 11, YME 6 Yellow Medicine East lost their share of the West Central Conference South title with an 11-6 loss to the new conference champion Morris/Chokio-Albert Tigers Tuesday night in Morris. The Tigers sprinted to the lead early with an eight-run first inning. The Sting...
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  • Morris/CA 11, YME 6
    Yellow Medicine East lost their share of the West Central Conference South title with an 11-6 loss to the new conference champion Morris/Chokio-Albert Tigers Tuesday night in Morris.
     
    The Tigers sprinted to the lead early with an eight-run first inning. The Sting tried to claw back late but Morris continued to open the gap with two runs in the fourth and a run in the sixth.
     
    The Sting only managed one hit, with a Haley Enstad single, but drew eight walks and took advantage of two Tiger errors to score six runs.
     
    The Sting will now look forward to section seeding this Wednesday.
     
    “Morris (likely the No. 1 seed) only has a couple of losses on the year and we obviously have a few more than that, so who knows. We’ll be two or three, that’s what we can hope for,” said YME head coach Kristi Klassen about seeding.  
    YME       001 023 0 — 6 1 5
    M/CA      800 201 x — 11 11 2
    HITTING
    Yellow Medicine East: Haley Enstad 1-for-4
    Morris/Chokio-Alberta: Steph Hennen 3-for-4, 2 rbi, 3b, Tracy Meichsner 1-for-4, Holly Amundson 1-for-4, Brooke Johnson 1-for-3, 2 rbi, Brooke Wente 1-for-1, Olivia Reimers 3-for-3, 4 rbi, Nicole Strobel 1-for-3, 2 rbi
    PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)
    Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (L) .2-4-8-0-3-0; Mariah Norell 5.1-7-3-3-0-1
    Morris/Chokio-Alberta: McKenzie Van Batavia 6.1-1-4-2-7-11; Brianna Abril .2-0-2-2-1-0
    Minnewaska 3, YME 1
    Courtney Hinz waited at third as the tying run wavered at second with the score 3-1 in favor of Minnewaska in the bottom of the seventh. Just one out hung on the board.
     
    The table was set for Yellow Medicine East, but would be cleared prematurely by the Laker’s Mady Phillips as she went on to notch a strikeout and induce a groundball to close a 3-1 victory for Minnewaska Monday in Granite Falls.  
     
    Though a loss, YME head coach Kristi Klassen was pleased with her team’s performance as they come down the stretch with a game to decide the West Central Conference South on Tuesday and the Section Tournament beginning later this week. ?“We played well today,” said Klassen. “I was proud of the effort. We got some hits, we couldn’t string many together, but we hit the ball hard. We played great defense and Allie pitched well. So, I thought we put it all together. We just couldn’t push a couple runs across there at the end.”
     
    The Laker’s spread out runs in the first, third and fifth innings Monday.
     
    YME scored their lone run in the third. Dani Roden would rip a single to get on base for the Sting. She would score on a throwing error after Nena McCalla hit another single and the Laker’s over-threw third to try and catch Roden.
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    From the pitching circle, Allie Trudel would have to take the hard-luck loss for the Sting after striking out five and giving up just two earned runs in a complete-game performance.
     
    Meanwhile, Mady Phillips worked all seven innings for the Lakers and struck out eight without issuing a walk to get the win.
     
    “I’m really pleased with how we hit this kid tonight, because she’s one of the best pitchers we’ll see this year,” said Klassen about facing Phillips. “If (our hitting) can come around we can do some damage in the Section Tournament.”
    ‘Waska           101 010 0 — 3 8 1
    YME           001 000 0 — 1 7 1
    HITTING
    Minnewaska: Kaylyn Oberg 1-for-3; Kaylee Jacobs 2-for-4, 2b, rbi; Julie Helander 2-for-3, rbi; Allyssa Engfer 1-for-3, rbi; Courtney Schmidt 1-for-3; Brook Winter 1-for-3
    Yellow Medicine East: Nena McCalla 1-for-4; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3, 2b; Angie Scheffler 1-for-3, 2b; Allie Trudel 1-for-3; Haley Fischer 1-for-3, 2b; Dani Roden 1-for-3
    PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)
    Minnewaska: Mady Phillips (W) 7-7-1-0-0-8
    Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (L) 7-8-3-2-0-5
    YME 10, LqPV 0
    Allie Trudel allowed just one hit as the Sting themselves collected 10 in a 10-0 thrashing of Lac qui Parle Valley on Friday in Granite Falls.
     
    The win keeps Yellow Medicine East’s hope for a share of the West Central Conference South title alive and sets the stage for a match-up Tuesday against conference leader Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta.
     
    The Tigers, who lost 2-1 to YME earlier in the season, are 10-1 in the South. A win would give them the title outright.
     
    The Sting sent 11 batters to the plate in a seven-run second inning with Nena McCalla and Jennessa Hoffman supplying RBI singles and Angie Scheffler and Trudel drawing walks when the bases were loaded.
     
    In the fourth inning Cassie Struffert effectively called the game when her single brought Scheffler and Mollie Nielsen around to score.
     
    With the Eagles failing to score in their half of the fifth, the game was called.  
    McCalla was 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI, while Scheffler went 2-for-2 with a double and two RBIs.
    LqPV                000 00 — 0 1 0
    YME            170 2x — 10 10 2
    HITTING
    Lac qui Parle Valley: Questa Stensrud 1-for-2
    Yellow Medicine East: Nena McCalla 2-for-3, 2b, 2 runs, rbi; Jennessa Hoffman 1-for-3, rbi; Courtney Hinz 1-for-3; Angie Scheffler 2-for-2, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Hailey Enstad 1-for-2; Cassie Stuffert 1-for-1, 2 rbi; Haley Fischer 1-for-2; Dani Roden 1-for-1
    PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)
    Lac qui Parle Valley: Alyssa Harms (L) 2-9-8-8-2-2, Michaela DuFrane 2-1-2-2-3-1
    Yellow Medicine East: Allie Trudel (W) 5-1-0-0-0-2
    Page 3 of 3 - YME 11, BOLD 10
    YME scored five runs in the bottom of the sixth against BOLD to sneak out a one-run win. Pinch-hitter Hailey Enstad had a key two-run single in the sixth inning for the Sting. Allie Trudel went 2-for-4 with a double and three RBIs for YME, while Dani Roden was 1-for-4 with a double and three RBIs.
    BOLD       003 220 3—10 14 2
    YME           301 025 x—11 9 3
    YME 1,  ACGC 7
    Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City pitcher Natasha Dallmann held Yellow Medicine East to five hits in a 7-1 complete-game win during a mixed double-header Thursday in Granite Falls.
    Angie Scheffler had a double for the Sting in the loss.
    ACGC         200 010 4—7 13 1
    YME            000 010 0—1 5 2

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