The M State Fergus Falls Spartans softball team lost game one to Rochester Community and Technical College 8-2, but scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh for an exciting walk-off 13-12 win. The win puts the Spartans in the Region XIII tournament as the No. 3 seed. They will play Thursday. The site and time will be decided this weekend.
In Game 1, the Spartans were in a scoreless battle until the bottom of the fifth when Ashlee Rimpila scored on a double by Allison Stafki to make the score 1-0 Spartans. That score stood until the top of the seventh when RCTC plated eight runs to put the game out of reach. Stafki did drive in another run with a double in the bottom of the seventh, but that was all the Spartans could add and lost 8-2.
In Game 2, the Spartans jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on a two-run single by Hannah Ekse. After that, they would have to play catch-up all game long. RCTC scored five in the second to take a 5-2 lead, but the Spartans rallied to tie it at 5-5 on a two-out double by Eske and a clutch two-out RBI single by Rimpila.
RCTC added five in the top of the fourth and another in the top of the sixth to take an 11-5 before the Spartans finally showed some real energy. With two outs in the bottom of the sixth, Anna Carlson plated two runs with a single, Ekse hit a rope to the base of the fence for a two-run double, and Rylee Lindquist singled in Ekse to make the score 11-10 in favor of RCTC.
RCTC added a run in the top of the seventh on a solo home run to make the score 12-10 but the Spartans rallied again with two outs. With Macky Warne on second, Stafki singled her home, Mortenson followed with a single to move Stafki to third. Mortenson stole second on the first pitch bringing up the Spartans RBI leader Carlson. Carlson hit a hard ground ball to the shortstop who threw high over the first baseman’s head allowing Stafki and Mortenson the score the tying and winning runs and give the Spartans a 13-12 win.
Ekse had six runs batted in for game two and Alexa Mortenson picked up her 12th win with a great relief performance.
The Spartans will now have to wait until the end of the weekend games elsewhere to learn where and when they will play.