Softball results: Brandon-Evansville falls, Osakis splits
With a total of 25 runs on 33 hits in eight innings, it was definitely an offensive battle for the Brandon-Evansville Chargers in their game against Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley Monday, but it was the Wolverines coming out ahead 13-12.
“Today was one of those games that was decided by inches,” said Charger head coach Tim Pattrin. “We hit the ball very hard but right at people.
“The girls fought to the end, coming back to force extra innings and to take the lead,” he added. “This was a tough one to let slip away, but we get to come back tomorrow and play. Today was a good growing experience for our young team.”
CGB jumped off to a 5-0 lead after the second inning, and increased their lead margin to 8-2 after the fourth.
The Chargers, however, began a late rally, scoring one in the fifth, four in the sixth, two in the seventh and three in the eighth to take a 12-9 lead heading into the final frame.
Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley had the final say as the Wolverines scored four times in the bottom of that inning for the win.
The Chargers got four hits from Steph Roers, with Megan Kokett, Tasmine Okerlund, Jessica Ranweiler and Carly Steffenson each picking three.
Steffenson suffered the pitching loss as she gave up 11 hits and four walks, striking out three in seven and two-thirds innings.
BRANDON-EVANS 002 014 23 12-22-3
CLINTON-GB 051 201 04 13-11-0
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Lacey Gilsdorf (W) 8-22-12-12-4-6; Carlie Steffenson (L) 7.2-11-13-11-4-3.
HITTING – Megan Kokett 3-5, 3b, 3 runs; Emma Friedrich 2-3, 2b, 2 runs, 2 rbi; Tasmine Okerlund 3-5, 3b, 1 run, 3 rbi; Karly Randt 2-4, 2b. 1 run; Steph Roers 4-5, 2b, 2 runs, 1 rbi; Jessica Ranweiler 3-5, 1 run, 3 rbi; Carlie Steffenson 3-5, 2b, 1 run, 1 rbi; Jordan Baardsen 2-3, 1 run, 1 rbi.
ALBANY 3, OSAKIS 2
The Albany softball team used two runs in the top of the seventh to overcome a late deficit in a pitchers’ duel against Osakis on Monday night.
Albany’s Karli Persson and the Silverstreaks’ Sabrina Zimmel matched each other pitch-for-pitch through much of the game. The Huskies trailed 2-1 going into the seventh before scoring two unearned runs to take a lead that Persson wouldn’t relinquish in the bottom of the frame.
“This was a great high school softball game today,” Osakis head coach John Stigman said. “Both teams came in fired up and loud. The atmosphere was excellent. Both pitchers pitched very well today, working around potential jams, keeping the hitters at bay. Both pitchers also did an excellent job working ahead of the hitters and limiting free passes.”
Zimmel scattered six hits and two walks, while striking out eight in a complete-game performance. Three errors led to three unearned runs, though, as the Huskies took advantage of the defensive miscues.
Albany was clinging to a 1-0 lead heading into the sixth when Osakis scored twice to take the lead. Zimmel led off the inning with a game-tying home run before Tonya Hetland followed with a double. Lauren Silbernick then drove her in with a single.
That is the only blemish Persson had on the night. She struck out 11 and allowed just five hits and one walk to pick up the win.
ALBANY 000 100 2 – 3 6 2
OSAKIS 000 002 0 – 2 5 3
OSAKIS PITCHING – Zimmel – L, 7IP, 6H, 3R, 0ER, 2BB, 8SO
OSAKIS HITTING – Zimmel – 1-4, HR, RBI; Hetland – 1-3, 2B, 1 run; Silbernick – 1-3, RBI; Dani Chisholm – 1-4
OSAKIS 8, KIMBALL 6
Ninth ranked Osakis used four runs in the fifth and an insurance run in the sixth to improve to 9-3 overall with an 8-6 win over Kimball Tuesday afternoon.
“This was a good, tightly played ballgame today,” said head coach John Stigman, “which is good for all teams this time of year.
“We took an early lead on a couple of really big hits, but we gave it back with a bad inning. We had a couple of errors and they had a couple of well-placed hits that allowed them to take the lead back from us.
“In the fifth inning, we broke it open with some big swings,” he added, “with a three-run home run by Tonya [Hetland], followed by a solo home run by Lauren [Silbernick].”
Hetland finished the game with a pair of hits in four at bats, adding a double, while Silbernick was 3-for-4 with two runs batted in.
Sabrina Zimmel got the win on the mound, striking out eight along the way.
OSAKIS 030 041 0 8-9-2
KIMBALL 004 020 0 6-8-2
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Sabrina Zimmel (W) 7-8-6-4-5-8. Megan Libbesmeier (L).
HITTING – Tonya Hetland 2-4, hr, 2b, 3 rbi; Lauren Silbernick 3-4, hr, 2 rbi; Dani Chisholm 2-4, rbi; Alex Anderson 2-4, run.