Spartans fall in doubleheaderPublished 10:39am Friday, April 5, 2013
The M State Lady Spartan softball team traveled Tuesday to St. Cloud and played two games in the Husky Dome on the campus of SCSU. The opponent was conference powerhouse Itasca Community College. The Lady Spartans dropped game one by a score of 7-5 and lost game two 10-2.
The Lady Spartans opened the season with a one day tournament in Rochester on March 12, but had not been able to play since that time and the effects of the extended layoff was evident in game one.
Christine Moenkedick started and finished the game, but did not have the command of her pitches as she normally does. The Lady Spartans made some very nice plays in the field, but also missed some easy plays that need to be made. They were held without a hit for the first four innings of the game. That being said, they hung around and never quit and were able to put together a very nice rally to end the game.
Itasca held a 7-0 lead going into the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Spartans had been overmatched at the plate to this point, but the third time through the lineup proved to be the charm. The at bats were getting better and the Lady Spartans were making hard contact, forcing two Itasca errors to put runners on first and second with one out. Freshman Tanis Lura from Hawley delivered the first hit of the day, and RBI single up the middle to score Morgan Kapphahn from second to make the score 7-1.
Moenkedick settled down and pitched very well the final two innings holding the score at 7-1 going into the bottom of th seventh. Ashley Silbernagel reached on an error and moved to third base on a Kapphahn double. After a strikeout, Lura walked to load the bases. Megan Cole then hit a booming triple to right center that cleared the loaded bases to make the score 7-4 with one out and Cole on third. Courtney Hinzmann, a freshman from Eagle Valley High School, picked up an RBI with a sharp ground out to the shortstop to score Cole and make the score 7-5. That was all the Lady Spartan offense could generate and the game ended 7-5.
In game two, the Lady Spartans lost 10-2. Ashley Silbernagel from Perham pitched the complete game and was the victim of some errors by the Spartans and some missed offensive opportunities.
After falling behind 2-0 in the first inning, the Lady Spartans scored a pair of the top half of the second. Hinzmann led off with a single and that was followed by one of the hardest hit balls of the day, a double by Maria Johnson, a freshman from Pelican Rapids. They scored on two out single by Kapphahn. Moenkedick was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second with two outs, but they Lady Spartans could not deliver another hit to bring them home.
Itasca added three in the bottom of the second and kept adding on and the Lady Spartan bats fell silent as Itasca cruised to a 10-2 victory.
“The main objective for today was to finally play and compete and hopefully improve as a team, which I think we did” Spartans’ coach Steve King said. “Itasca is a very talented and well coached team and they were more prepared than us today. We were hoping to win a game, but there were many positive things that happened today that will make us better.”
The Lady Spartans now have a record of 1 win and 3 losses.