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Softball: Arrows fall at HLA

The Ashby softball team fell to 1-5 with a 9-4 loss at Hillcrest Lutheran Academy on Thursday night.

Tae-yah Johnson led the Arrows with two RBIs and a double, while Courtney Koefod, Sami Johansen, Riley Zastrow and Kalista Aamot each added runs scored.

"The girls never gave up against this excellent team and came back in the top of the sixth, scoring three runs and one more run in the seventh," Ashby head coach Kandace Norby explained. "The play of the game was the double play from our shortstop, Sami Johansen, who scooped a line drive and threw the runner out to our first baseman, Kerstyn Schroeder. [She] then delivered a strong throw to our third baseman, Mackenzie Ecker, who laid the quick tag on the runner for the double play. It's so fun to see this particular double play, because you don't see it very often."

Norby added another highlight came from Aamot, as she stopped a hard-hit ball to right field and hit her cut off with a perfect throw, who then threw the Comet run out at home.

"The score doesn't always reflect all the great things that happen during the game, but it sure is worth playing for these moments," Norby said.

Josie Ness faced 32 batters in her seven-inning start for the Arrows in the circle.

The freshman pitcher allowed eight hits and five walks, while adding three strikeouts in the loss.

"Josie is showing great and powerful improvement pitching for the Arrows, as it's her first year pitching on varsity," Norby added. "Her hard work in the off-season shows in every game she pitches."




ASHBY PITCHING — Ness — L, 7IP, 8H, 9R, 5BB, 3SO

ASHBY OFFENSE — Johnson — 2B, 2 RBI; Koefod — 1 hit, 1 run; Johansen — 1 run, BB, SB; Zastrow — 1 run; Schroeder — BB; Ness — BB; Aamot — 1 run, HBP

Will Benson

Will Benson is the sports reporter for the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, Minnesota. He graduated from the University of Minnesota, Morris in 2015 and is a Minnesota native, but grew up living in Iowa City, Iowa for 12 years. You can follow him on Twitter at WillBensonEP.