Comets nip Arrows [UPDATED]Published 10:59am Thursday, May 3, 2012 Updated 11:02am Thursday, May 3, 2012
The Ashby Lady Arrows softball squad started their game 8-1 over the Hillcrest Comets in Fergus Falls. Hillcrest used clutch hitting and defeated the Arrows 9-8 on Tuesday in a conference game. The close contest entertained several fans for both schools.
“I was really proud of Paige (Nelson) as she worked the ball around the plate and took command of every pitch she threw,” Ashby coach Kandace Norby said. “The girls played their hearts out today.”
The Arrows jumped on the Comets for three runs in the first inning and added another run in the second. In the third inning, the Arrows pushed across four more runs and held a large lead. Slowly, the Comets got back into the game by scoring a run in the fifth inning and two more times in the sixth inning. With two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Comets were able to come up with a clutch hit to end the game.
Offensive leaders for the day for Ashby were Meg Roley who went 2-for-3 and four RBIs. Amber Sundal , who went 2-for-4, with a double and Nelson, who also picked up a hit, lead the Arrows.
Nelson went the distance against the tough Comets. She only walked four, and struck out three batters.
Alyssa Wolderich, Katie Thorkildsen, and Emily Pellegrino each had two hits including a double, while Abbe Monacelli, and Kelsey Nersten both contributed with two singles. Kristie Thorkildsen also came up big in the outfield as she prevented several runs from scoring in the seventh with a great catch.
“I was glad to see Alyssa come through in a big way with her bat,” Nersten said. “It’s the first game this year that she struggled from the mound and I think it really got to her. She’s an excellent pitcher and I know she’ll bounce back.”
The Comets play at 5 p.m. Friday at Hannah Park.
WCA falls to Swanville, 5-3
Swanville hosted West Central Area in a Prairie Conference softball game, which locked pitchers Doranna Blasyck and Lexi Loven in a tight contest on Tuesday. Swanville pulled out a 5-3 victory in a shortend game that lasted only five innings, due to rain.
Loven cruised through two innings, before giving up an RBI single to Blasyck in the third. Loven would contribute on offense with an RBI single in the fourth to tie the game at three. The Knights would fight back with RBI singles by Megan Holl and Haley Stark in the top of the fourth inning to pull ahead by one. Abby Schultz would get her second hit of the game in the bottom of the fifth inning to give Swanville the lead.