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Fergus softball splits, stays alive in playoffs

Published 10:49am Friday, May 23, 2014

FRAZEE — It didn’t go as expected for the reigning Section 8AA champs Thursday. After two games, the Fergus Falls girls softball team will have a huge hill to climb in order to repeat after splitting games with Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton and Barnesville in the section playoffs.

In game one, the Otters saw the Rebels find gaps in its defense as D-G-F collected 21 hits on the way to a 17-6 victory.

“It took us too long to get out of the shoot,” Otters coach Renee Erickson said.

After three innings of play, the Rebels had built a 9-0 lead. The Otters would chip away scoring two runs in the third and three runs in the fourth to cut the lead to four.

The Rebels offense would close the door with two four-run innings on the way to victory.

Jenna Hutchins took the loss for the Otters pitching three innings before Laura Gaustad relieved her.

Taylor King led the Fergus hitters going 2-for-4 with a home run, a triple and five RBI, while teammate Devonie Smith also sent one over the fence in the sixth, finishing with a 2-for-4 performance at the plate.

Moving into the consolation bracket, the Fergus girls would fend off elimination as it defeated Barnesville 6-4.

The Otters got on the board first with two runs in the second. The Trojans would cut the lead to one with a run in the top of the fourth, but Fergus would quickly get it back and more with three of its own in the home half.

With errors contributing, the Trojans were able to get back into the game in the sixth as it plated three runs. As if the Otter fans hit rewind and play, Smith once again belted a solo home run in the home half as the Otters hung on to a two-run victory.

“We played a lot better. The kids did a nice job of hanging on till next Tuesday,” Erickson said.

Gaustad got the win for the Otters going seven innings, striking out five and not allowing a free pass.

The Otters will now travel to Thief River Falls where it will take on the East Grand Forks Green Wave in a 4 p.m. elimination game Tuesday. If the Otters win, it will play at 5:30 p.m., in another elimination game, against the winner of Dilworth-Glydon-Felton and Park Rapids Area. The winner of the second game will move on to a Thursday matchup a 3 p.m. in Thief River Falls.

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