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December 19, 2018

5/11/2018 11:05:00 AM
Chisago Lakes finishes unbeaten week, looking strong in M8C

Chisago Lakes 6, Monticello 0
Alison Bergerson’s two-run triple in the third inning broke a 0-0 tie and Trinity Junker allowed just three hits and struck out eight as the Wildcat softball team shut out the Monticello Magic 6-0 Tuesday, May 1 at Chisago Lakes.  Bergerson finished the game with three hits in three at bats and drove in three runs.  Junker didn’t walk a batter in picking up the complete game win.  Gina Virga reached base four times for the Wildcats, with two hits and two walks.  Natalie Thornburg was three-for-three and Madison Thornburg had two hits, including a double.
Chisago Lakes 8, St. Francis 4
The Wildcats batted around in the third inning and scored five runs to break open a close game and take a 7-1 lead.  They went on to beat the St. Francis Fighting Saints 8-4.  The game was played last Thursday, May 3 at St. Francis High School.
Gina Virga got the Wildcats off on the right foot as she blasted a long home run over the left field fence to lead off the game.  In the second inning, Madison Thornburg doubled and later scored to put the Wildcats up 2-1.  In the third, singles by Virga, Hannah Sogard and Alison Bergerson and doubles by Jessica Bergerson and Thornburg led to five runs for the Wildcats and put them up 7-1.  Virga doubled home Jenna Carlson in the fifth to complete the scoring for the Wildcats.  Meanwhile, the Saints scored single runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings, but never really threatened after the third inning outburst by the Wildcats.

Junker went all the way for the win  She was uncharacteristically wild, walking six batters.  She allowed four runs (three earned) on six hits and struck out six, getting big outs when she needed them.  The Wildcats pounded out 16 hits for the game.  Alison Bergerson was four-for-four.  Virga had three hits and drove in two.  Sogard, Jessica Bergerson, Thornburg and Carlson has two hits apiece.
Chisago Lakes 9, Big Lake 6
The Wildcats improved to 6-1 in this snow-shortened season with a 9-6 win over the Big Lake Hornets this past Tuesday, May 8 at Chisago Lakes High School.  The Wildcats built a 9-2 lead over the first six innings of the game and then withstood a furious Big Lake rally in the top of the seventh that fell a few runs short.  Trinity Junker started and went six innings to pick up the win.  She allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits, walked one and struck out seven.  Ashley Mendell pitched the seventh and allowed four earned runs on three hits and walked four.

Gina Virga led off the game and was hit on the knee by a pitch.  She came out of the game and Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said she hopes Virga will be back in the lineup soon.  Later in the inning, with one run already in, Kaitlyn Istvanovich blasted a two run homer to center and the Wildcats led 3-0 after the top of the first.  In the fifth, a sacrifice fly by Hannah Sogard followed by a run-scoring single by Alison Bergerson gave the Wildcats a 5-1 lead.  In the sixth, the Wildcats pushed across four runs on three singles, a walk and two Big Lake errors and led 9-1.  In the top of the seventh, Mendell walked three of the first four batters she faced.  After the next batter popped out to third for the second out, two singles, a walk and another single pushed across four runs to cut the Wildcat lead to 9-6.

But the next batter popped out to catcher Istvanovich to end the game and give the Wildcats their sixth win of the season.
Softball Notes
Ernie Banks would be proud!  The Wildcats have three doubleheaders in the next eight days.  The Wildcats will head to Cambridge to take on the Bluejackets in a doubleheader today at 4 p.m.  This Saturday, May 12 they will welcome the St. Michael-Albertville Knights to Chisago Lakes High School for a 12:00 p.m.  game.  On Tuesday, May 15 the Wildcats will play a doubleheader against the North Branch Vikings at Chisago Lakes High School in the premier matchup of the regular season, with the first game getting underway at 4 p.m.

Next Thursday, May 17, during a 4 pm. home doubleheader against the Princeton Tigers, former Wildcat head softball coach Kathy Skelly will be inducted into the Wildcat Hall of Fame.  Former players, their parents, former assistants and fans are invited to witness the induction and welcome Skelly into the Hall of Fame.

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