Softball: Laker 19-game win streak earns WCCS championship
The Minnewaska softball team's incredible run through the regular season ended with a West Central South Conference championship and a 19-game winning streak after sweeping a doubleheader with BOLD on Tuesday night.
Laura Paulson led the Lakers to an easy 8-1 win in the nightcap after they scored two runs in the seventh inning to win 4-3 in the opener.
Paulson scattered six hits and struck out six in a complete-game win in game two. She once again did a little bit of everything to help her team win. Aside from holding the Warriors to one run, Paulson went 3-for-5 at the plate with three RBIs and a run scored.
Abby Kreitlow also had a big game at the plate with two hits, two RBIs and a run scored. She was joined by Jordon Stalker and Aundrea Johnson with two hits apiece.
The Lakers needed some late-game heroics in the opener to win their 18th straight. Minnewaska has gotten big hits when needed up and down its lineup this season. This time it was Stalker who provided the big hit.
The Warriors scored three runs in the sixth inning to turn a 2-0 deficit into a 3-2 lead. The Lakers went scoreless in the bottom of the sixth before Brooke Falk, Hayley Blair and Kreitlow all singled to lead off their half of the seventh. Christy Gass induced a fly out to short for the first out. That set up the heroics for Stalker, who ended the game with a two-RBI single that scored Falk and Blair.
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BOLD 000 010 0 - 1
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Laura Paulson - (W) 7IP, 6H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 5SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Abby Kreitlow - 2-3, 1 run, 2 RBI, BB; Paulson - 3-5, 1 run, 3 RBI, 2B; Jordan Stalker - 2-3, RBI; Cassie Jacobs - 2-4, RBI; Alicia Pfeninger - 1-3, 1 run; Aundrea Johnson - 2-3, 1 run; Amanda Nemmers - 1 run; Brooke Falk - 1-3, 1 run; Beth Rajdl - 1 run; Kaylyn Oberg - 1-3, 1 run, RBI
BOLD 000 003 0 - 3
MINNEWASKA 010 100 2 - 4
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Pfeninger - 5IP, 4H, 2R, 2ER, 2BB, 9SO; Paulson - (W) 2IP, 2H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 4SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Kreitlow - 2-3, HBP; Paulson - 1-4; Stalker - 1-4, 2 RBI; Jacobs - 1-3; Jenks - 1-3, 1 run, RBI, HR; Shayla Paulzine - 1 run; Pfeninger - 1-3; Johnson - 1-3; Falk - 3-3, 1 run, RBI, 2B; Blair - 1-2, 1 run
The Lakers extended their winning streak to 17 games with a 13-1 win over Yellow Medicine East on Monday night.
Laura Paulson picked up the win from the circle in six innings of work. She also went 3-for-5 from the plate with two doubles, three runs scored and three RBIs.
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MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Laura Paulson - (W) 6IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 8SO; Alicia Pfeninger - 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0ER, 1BB, 0SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Abby Kreitlow - 2-5, 2 runs, 4 RBI, 2B; Paulson - 3-5, 3 runs, 3 RBI, 2 2B; Jordan Stalker - 3-5, 2 runs, SB; Cassie Jacobs - 2-5, 1 run, 2 RBI, HR; Pfeninger - 3-5, 2 runs, 2B; Lindsey Phillips - 1 run; Aundrea Johnson - BB; Brooke Falk - 3-3, 2 runs, RBI, BB; Kaylyn Oberg - 2-4, 2 runs, RBI
A four-run sixth inning led the Minnewaska softball team to its 16th straight win in a 4-1 victory over Atwater-Cosmos-Grove City last Friday.
Abby Kreitlow delivered a huge blow with a three-run double in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.
Laura Paulson earned the win after relieving Pfeninger with one out in the fifth inning.
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MINNEWASKA 000 004 X - 4 6 3
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Alicia Pfeninger - 4 1/3IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 0BB, 3SO; Laura Paulson - (W) 2 2/3IP, 3H, 0R, 0ER, 2SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Abby Kreitlow - 2-2, 3 RBI, 2B, 2 BB, SB; Breanna Jenks - 1-2, BB; Pfeninger - 2-2; Brooke Falk - 1-2, 1 run, RBI, HBP; Hailey Blair - BB, 1 run
The Minnewaska softball team extended its winning streak to 15 games last Thursday as the Lakers used a late comeback to pick up a 4-2 win over Morris in eight innings.
Laura Paulson got the win for Minnewaska in 7 1/3 innings of work. She scattered six hits and allowed just one earned run, while striking out three. Pfeninger picked up the save after coming on in the eighth to get the final two outs.
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MORRIS 001 000 10 - 2
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Laura Paulson - (W) 7 1/3IP, 6H, 2R, 1ER, 1BB, 3SO; Alicia Pfeninger - (S) 2/3IP, 1H, 0R, 0ER, 0BB, 1SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Abby Kreitlow - 1-3, BB; Laura Paulson - 1-3; Jordan Stalker - 2-4, 2 runs, 2B; Cassie Jacobs - 2-3, 2 RBI; Breanna Jenks - 2-4, RBI; Pfeninger - 1-2, BB; Aundrea Johnson - 2-3, RBI; Brooke Falk - 1-3; Kaylyn Oberg - 1-3
Laura Paulson's three-run double in the second inning helped the Minnewaska softball team take a lead it would not relinquish in a 9-6 win over Paynesville on Tuesday night.
Pfeninger got the win from the circle. She threw four innings, allowing three runs on eight hits.
PAYNESVILLE 300 030 0 - 6 11 3
MINNEWASKA 040 401 X - 9 11 0
MINNEWASKA PITCHING - Alicia Pfeninger - (W) 4IP, 8H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 2SO; Laura Paulson - 3IP, 3H, 3R, 3ER, 0BB, 3SO
MINNEWASKA HITTING - Abby Kreitlow - 2 runs, BB; Paulson - 2-3, 3 RBI, 2 2B, 1 run; Kaylyn Oberg - 1 run; Jordan Stalker - 2-4, RBI; Cassie Jacobs - 1-4; Breanna Jenks - 1-4, 1 run; Pfeninger - 2-4, 1 run; Aundrea Johnson - 1-3; Brooke Falk - 1-3, 2 runs, RBI; Hailey Blair - 1-3, RBI