4/20/2017 3:48:00 PM Wildcats keep on rolling right through SF and Princeton
Chisago Lakes 4, St. Francis 0 The St. Francis Fighting Saints softball team didn’t live up to the “Fighting” part of their nickname when they faced the Wildcats last week. Starting pitcher Cassie Lynch allowed just three hits and struck out nine to shut out the Saints 4-0 at Chisago Lakes High School Thursday, April 12.
Gina Virga was hit by a pitch to lead off the bottom of the first. She went to second on a single by Alison Bergerson. Lynch doubled to left to drive in Virga and Madison Thornburg followed with a sacrifice fly to drive in Bergerson and put the Wildcats up 2-0. In the bottom of the second, Jessica Bergerson, Kaitlyn Istvanovich and Ashley Wallenberg all singled to load the bases with no outs. Hannah Sogard followed with another single to drive in two runs and make it 4-0.
Four runs were more than enough for Lynch. She walked the first two batters she faced in the top of the first, but ended up striking out two batters to end the inning with no damage. The Saints didn’t have two baserunners in the same inning again until the sixth and Lynch worked her way out of that, as well.
Chisago Lakes 13, Princeton 5 Ellie Frischmon bombed a two-run homer to left in the fifth inning of last Friday’s game against the Princeton Tigers. Not to be outdone, Alison Bergerson drilled a three-run homer to center in the seventh and the Wildcats went on to win 13-5 over the Princeton Tigers last Friday at Princeton.
Three doubles in a row – by Kaitlyn Istvanovich, Jessica Bergerson and Frischmon – helped the Wildcats burst out of the gates to a 4-0 lead in the first inning. Frischmon’s bomb in the fifth made it 6-0 Wildcats. After the Tigers got on the scoreboard with one run in the bottom of the fifth, the Wildcats answered with three more in the sixth on an RBI triple by Cassie Lynch, a run-scoring single by Madison Thornburg and an RBI double by Jessica Bergerson. Three batters after Alison Bergerson’s home run in the top of the seventh, Istvanovich doubled – her fourth hit of the game – to drive in one more and give the Wildcats a 13-1 lead.
Lynch was again dominant on the mound. She started and went five innings, allowing just one hit and striking out 10 Tigers. Trinity Junker pitched the final two innings for the Wildcats.
Softball Notes: The Wildcats (5-1 overall) will be busy for the next couple of days.
The Wildcats and the Buffalo Bison (5-1) are currently tied for first in the Mississippi 8 Conference with 5-0 conference records. The Wildcats will make Ernie Banks happy by playing two games tomorrow, against Section 7AAA opponents. The northern invasion of Chisago Lakes High School starts with a game against Duluth Denfeld (0-2) at 3 p.m. At 5:30, the Wildcats will take on Grand Rapids (0-2).
Next Tuesday, April 25 the Wildcats will host Big Lake (2-3) at 4:30 p.m.