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May 22, 2018

5/4/2018 1:30:00 PM
Wildcat softball impresses in three games

Rogers 2, Chisago Lakes 0
Trinity Junker allowed just one hit when the Wildcats visited Rogers on Thursday, April 26.  But an error and a couple of bunts turned that hit into two runs and it was all the Royals needed to shut out the Wildcats 2-0.

In each of the first and second innings, Junker walked a batter and struck out two.  In the bottom of the third, the leadoff batter reached on a bunt single.  The next batter reached on a throwing error, and when the play was over the runners were on second and third.  Two successive bunts each scored a run and Rogers led 2-0.  Meanwhile, the Wildcats had two hits in the first inning, two in the second and three in the fourth and had two baserunners reach third base.  But baserunning mistakes thwarted their scoring chances.  Both Junker and Royals pitcher Grace Mammen retired the last nine batters they faced in the game.  Junker struck out seven Royals and Mammen struck out seven Wildcats.
Chisago Lakes 10, Duluth Denfeld 0 (5 innings)
The Wildcats celebrated their home opener with a combined no-hitter for Trinity Junker and Ashley Mendell and a homerun by Alison Bergerson, shutting out Duluth Denfeld 10-0.  The game was shortened to five innings because of the ten-run rule.
Junker and Mendell faced the minimum number of batters.  The only baserunner for the Hunters came on a fourth inning walk by Junker.  That runner tried to steal second, but was gunned down by Wildcat catcher Kaitlyn Istvanovich.  Mendell, a seventh grader, made her first varsity appearance in the fifth inning.  After the first batter grounded out, Mendell stuck out the next batter on a nasty changeup.  After the final batter grounded out, the team celebrated the no-hitter.

Meanwhile, Wildcat batters were having their way with Denfeld pitching.  The Wildcats pounded out eleven hits to go along with five walks.  They scored three runs in the first inning, three in the second and four in the fourth.  Istvanovich led the way with two hits and four runs batted in.  Alison Bergerson had three hits, including the home run and a double, and drove in two runs.  Hannah Sogard had two hits, including a double, and drove in one run.  Jenna Carlson also doubled.
Chisago Lakes 4, St. Francis 3
Pinch hitter Desi Spicer singled to drive in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the fifth inning and the Wildcats hung on for a 4-3 win over the St. Francis Fighting Saints in the second game of a doubleheader Saturday, April 28 at Chisago Lakes High School.  Starting pitcher Trinity Junker went all the way for the Wildcats.  She allowed three runs (one earned), scattered eight hits, walked two and struck out eight.  Kaitlyn Istvanovich was the hitting star for the Wildcats, with a two run homer and a run scoring double accounting for three of the Wildcats’ four runs.
In the top of the first, a walk, a double and an error gave the Saints a 2-0 lead.  The Saints led off with a single in the top of the third, but catcher Kaitlyn Istvanovich threw out that runner trying to steal.  That proved huge, as one out later a single, an error and another single pushed across the third run of the game for St. Francis.  In the bottom of the inning, Alison Bergerson singled with one out.  With two outs, Istvanovich blasted a two run homer to left center to cut the Saints’ lead to 3-2.

Madison Thornburg single to right to lead off the bottom of the fifth.  Istvanovich doubled to center to drive in Thornburg and tie the game 3-3.  One out later, pinch hitter Spicer singled to score Istvanovich to give the Wildcats the lead they would never relinquish.
Softball Notes
The Wildcats will head to St. Francis this afternoon for a 4 p.m. game against the Saints.  Next Tuesday, they will welcome Big Lake Hornets to Chisago Lakes High School for a 4:30 p.m. contest.

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