Fergus girls walk away with 15-0 winPublished 10:49am Wednesday, May 21, 2014
The Fergus Falls girls softball team has come to understand the word this season as weather had forced them to reschedule games and practice indoors.
On Tuesday, the Otters needed patience in the batter’s box as it hosted an unfamiliar foe in the Pelican Rapids Vikings. After stepping back from its aggressive style, the Otters reaped the rewards as it left the field with a 15-0 win in the Section 8AA playoffs.
“We had to stay patient in the box in order to get our hits and walks,” Otters’ coach Renee Erickson said. “We don’t see many teams from our section during the regular season, so we approached Pelican with caution and it paid off for us at the plate.”
In the first, the Vikings looked to get on the board first, but could not cash-in runners in a bases loaded situation. Fergus was able to plate two runners in the home half as Jordan Harworth connected for a two-run single.
The Otters were able to take several free passes in the second inning as it scored three runs on walks.
Fergus would finally get its bats off its shoulders in the third and fourth innings as it scored five runs apiece on the way to victory.
“I think it was excitement and a bit of nerves,” Erickson said of the Otters’ hitting. “Sometimes we were chasing the ball, but we just stuck to our game plan. We watched pitches and tried to time it so we could make solid contact.”
Taylor King led the Fergus girls at the plate going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, an RBI, two stolen bases and a walk. Teammate Amber Boese also had a good game going 1-for-2 with two walks, two runs scored, three stolen bases and an RBI.
The Otters were able to collect nine walks and steal seven bases in the win.
Jenna Hutchins got the win going three innings
The Vikings’ Mackenze Erickson, Katy Thorson, Kayleigh Kubitz and Taylor Berndt each collected a hit in the game.
The Otters now move into the double-elimination portion of the playoffs as it travels to Frazee for the a 3:30 p.m. game with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton. Win or lose, the Otters will play a second game at 5:30 p.m.