|4/23/2021 10:42:00 AM|
CL hammers northern foes
Chisago Lakes 17, Grand Rapids 1 (5 innings)
Chisago Lakes 14, Duluth Denfeld 4 (6 innings)
The Wildcats girls’ softball team were not very kind hosts to their visitors from the north last Friday afternoon. They silenced the Grand Rapids Thunderhawks 17-1 in the first of two games and thumped the Duluth Denfeld Hunters 14-4 in the nightcap. Both games were shortened because of the ten-run rule.
In the opener, starter Ashley Mandell walked the first batter of the game, and that batter later came around to score on a two-out double. But Mandell was brilliant after that, allowing just one more hit, one more walk and striking out six through in a five-inning complete game effort. Leah Zaruba started the second game and went five innings. She allowed four runs – only one earned – on four hits, walked one, hit two and struck out four in five innings. Mandell finished up with a perfect sixth inning, striking out two.
Hitting-wise, the bats were jumping in both games for the Wildcats. Against Grand Rapids, six Wildcats had two hits each – Greta Gillach, Chloe Zupko, Anya Nephew, Mandell, Zaruba and Allison LaValle. The team had 14 hits overall. In the second game, the Wildcats had just nine hits, but took advantage of six Denfeld errors and four walks. Greta Gillach and Zaruba each had two hits, including a double; Hailey Sogard singled and tripled; and Mandell had a double. Wildcat head coach Brenda Carlson said “Leading up to the opening games, I questioned our hitting. But we quickly got used to the pitchers in both games and hit that speed well. Overall, we played two really good games with a full team effort.”
The Wildcats will go on the road for the first time this season tomorrow night, travelling to St. Francis for a 5 p.m. game. They will host Big Lake at 2 p.m. on Saturday and Monticello at 5 p.m. next Tuesday.