Alex softball: Cards push winning streak to 10 gamesAlexandria defeats Apollo and Tech in CLC play.
By: Lori Mork, Alexandria Echo Press
Make it 10.
The Cardinal girls used 10 runs to shut out St. Cloud Apollo 10-0 Tuesday for their 10th win in a row.
Emily Kuennen’s solo home run in the fourth highlighted the offense for the Cardinals, who moved to a 9-3 Central Lakes Conference record, good for second place in the standings with just two games remaining.
The Redbirds’ Taylor Ellingson pitched a gem to hold the Eagles scoreless in the game, allowing just two hits through five innings.
Alexandria scored in every inning, including a four-run fifth that shut the game down early.
In the first, a two-out double by Lauren Trumm got this started as she was singled home by Sarah Bruzek.
The Cardinals produced three more runs in the second as Alexandria took advantage of an Eagle error and a two-run double by Dani Carlson.
It was Kuennen’s solo homer that made the score 6-0 before Alexandria ended the game in the fifth on singles by Jess Syvrud, Trumm and Mikayla Lucas, along with another Carlson double, but it was Dani Strater’s two-run single that ended the game.
SC APOLLO 000 00 0-2
ALEXANDRIA 131 14 10-11
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Taylor Ellingson (W) 5-2-0-0-2-6.
HITTING – Dani Carlson 3 hits, 3 rbi; Jess Syvrud 2 hits; Lauren Trumm 2 hits, 1 rbi; Sarah Bruzek 1 hit, 1 rbi; Eimly Kuennen 1 hit, 1 rbi; Mikayla Lucas 1 hit.
Alexandria moves to 13-4 overall and 9-3 in Central Lakes Conference play.
alex 21, SCT 5
It was the ninth straight victory for the Cardinal softball team Monday night, and what a win it was.
Highlighted by a grand slam home run of the bat of Amanda Christianson, the Cardinals routed St. Cloud Tech 21-5 in Central Lakes Conference play. It was the first home run off Christianson’s career.
Three Cardinals were honored at senior night Monday and all three produced offense for the Redbirds.
Lauren Trumm slapped three hits in the game, with Quinn Kragenbring and Mikayla Lucas each adding two.
“These three young ladies are good softball players, but even better people,” said Alexandria head coach Randy Albers. “Their dedication to softball, their school and their community are truly something to be admired.”
Jess Syvrud, Taylor Ellingson, Emily Kuennen and Christianson all had two hits in the game, and Ellingson got the pitching win as she went the first three innings, not allowing a single hit. Kuennen and Joyselin Steidl both pitched one inning of relief.
The Cardinals were to have closed out their regular season last night, Thursday with a doubleheader at Fergus Falls.
ST. CLOUD TECH 000 14 5-3
ALEXANDRIA (10)1(10) 0X 21-17
PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so) – Taylor Ellingson (W) 3-0-0-0-4; Emily Kuennen 1-1-1-1-0-0; Joyselin Steidl 1-2-4-4-0-0.
ALEXANDRIA – Dani Carlson 1, Jess Syvrud 2, Lauren Trumm 3, Sarah Bruzek 1, Taylor Ellingson 2, Emily Kuennen 2, Amanda Christianson 2, Quinn Kragenbring 2, Mikayla Luca 2.