Otters wrap up season [UPDATED]Published 7:52am Monday, May 19, 2014 Updated 8:54am Monday, May 19, 2014
It has been a busy week for the Fergus Falls softball team. Playing nine games in five days, the Otters have had little rest and little time to fix the kinks in their team.
On Saturday, the Otters took the field to play its second triple-header of the week as it took on the Hawley Nuggets and the Rocori Spartans.
In game one, the Otters were pitted in a battle for the potential first seed in the Section 8AA playoffs as it took on Hawley.
With the sun out and an early start, the Otters were able to hold on to a 9-7 victory over the Nuggets.
Hawley would plate two runs in the top half of the first, but Fergus would quickly responded with three of its own in the home half.
The Nuggets would build a three-run lead after four innings, but Fergus would put together a six-run fourth inning to get back on top.
Hawley would add an additional run in the seventh, but could not overcome the deficit.
Jenna Hutchins got the win going the distance and allowing six earned, while striking out two.
Laura Gaustad and Amber Boese each went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBI in the win, whil Jordan Harworth, Kaci Walvatne and Kristin Traiser each had two hits.
The Otters would need to regroup quickly as it took on Rocori in a doubleheader following the game.
Fatigue was clear in game one as the Spartans defeated the Otters 8-0.
Gaustad collected the Otters only two hits in the game, while Rocori had 12 hits and took advantage of six Otter errors.
The second game saw Fergus breakthrough on the scoreboard, but the same result as the Spartans completed the sweep with an 8-2 victory.
Walvatne led the Otters going 2-for-3from the plate with a run scored.
In Friday’s action, the Otters traveled to Moorhead and recorded a doubleheader split with the Spuds.
A stellar performance on the mound from Hutchins allowed the Fergus girls to take game one 5-2.
Harworth led the Otters at the plate going 3-for-4, while teammate Taylor King did not record an official at bat, but was dangerous on the basepaths as she walked three times, recorded a sacrifice and scored two runs.
In game two, an offensive battle ended with the Spuds picking up a 9-8 win on a walk-off single.
The game saw six lead changes and ended with a walk-off hit by Claire Yanez-Rich of Moorhead.
King continued to have a good day at the plate as she went 2-for-3 with three runs scored, a walk and a triple. Traiser provided two RBI in her 2-for-3 performance.
“It was a crazy schedule and the weather was questionable, but we did what we had to do to get through,” Otters’ coach Renee Erickson said. “We need to work on our decision-making skills, but we feel good about our mechanics going into the post season.”
The Otters will now wait to see where it will be seeded and who its opponent is. Fergus is guaranteed a home playoff game at 5 p.m. Tuesday.