Otters swept out of statePublished 10:44am Friday, June 7, 2013
MANKATO — It was a fun ride, but after defeating Hawley 2-1 in the Section 8AA final, the Fergus Falls Otter softball team struggled offensively as they were swept out of the Class AA state playoffs Thursday afternoon.
In its opening game, the Otters lost a tough battle with the Section 5AA champion Rockford 2-0.
The Rockets opened the game with a pair of runs putting the Fergus behind after one.
The Otters offense recorded four hits in the game, three coming from Taylor King. With limited opportunities to score, Fergus stranded five base runners in its first game.
Sadie Knudson, other than a first inning hiccup, pitched a good game for the Otters recording four Ks and walking two.
Fergus now was battling for its life as it entered the consolation bracket against Section 2AA champion Maple River, a 12-0 loser to New Ulm.
The Otters were unable to crack Eagles’ pitcher Makayla Rahn and didn’t do itself any favors in the field as it allowed six unearned runs on the way to a 7-0 loss.
Maple River cashed in three unearned runs in the second inning and continued to pad its lead throughout the game.
Rahn was tough from the mound as she allowed four hits and fanned seven Otter hitters in the game.
Fergus’ Kristin Traiser collected two hits, while teammates Devonie Smith and Amber Boese had one for Fergus.
The Otters finish its season as the section champion, recording a 14-12 record.