Topsy-turvy spring continues for softball teams

After posting 25 runs against Centennial April 21, Anoka’s bats generated 19 runs the next two days, splitting a win and loss.

Andover (3-2) scored a pair of runs in the top half of the sixth inning and Anoka (2-2) matched that total in the bottom of the inning but couldn’t plate one more run in the Northwest Suburban Conference loss April 22.

Andover junior Maddie Rooney steps on second base ahead of Anoka’s Julia Kays, front, during the Huskies 8-7 win April 22.

Andover junior Maddie Rooney steps on second base ahead of Anoka’s Julia Kays, front, during the Huskies 8-7 win April 22.Photo by Bill Jones

Andover’s Lauren Hein drove in two runs, scored another two and went 4-for-4 at the plate. Julia Buffington went 2-for-5 and scored once. Huskies pitcher Elle Hagstrom picked up the win giving up five earned runs on 10 hits, seven walks and seven strike outs over seven innings.

Anoka and Andover each won the following day by the same 12-4 scores.

Anoka visited Champlin Park but stats were not available.

Andover handed Armstrong a 12-4 defeat thanks in part to an eight-run fifth inning.

Hein took the win for the Huskies scattering three hits, one earned run, one walk and eight strike outs over seven innings.

Caitlin Bengry drove in two runs, scored twice and went 3-for-4 at the plate to highlight the Andover offense. Julia Burlingame picked up two RBIs and scored twice while going 2-for-4 and Sidney Portner went 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and drove in two runs.

Blaine

Blaine split a pair of games after a 7-6 win against Andover April 21. Osseo shutout the Bengals 2-0 on April 25 only to reverse its fortunes the next day in a 3-2 home win against rival Centennial.

Blaine scored once in the first, third and fourth innings while the Cougars rallied for two runs in the top of the fifth inning.

Andover’s Sidney Portner, back, slides into home plate, safely beating the throw to Anoka catcher LeeAnn Nevin during a Northwest Suburban Conference game April 22. Andover won the game 8-7.

Andover’s Sidney Portner, back, slides into home plate, safely beating the throw to Anoka catcher LeeAnn Nevin during a Northwest Suburban Conference game April 22. Andover won the game 8-7.Photo by Bill Jones

Bengals pitcher Malorie Stone struck out six and scattered five hits, two walks and two earned runs over seven innings.

Stone also did some damage with the bat going 1-for-2 with a pair of walks and scored twice. Taylor Bross and Amelia Luckow also drove in one run apiece.

Coon Rapids

The Cardinals dropped to 0-4 and were shutout for the third time in a 10-0 loss at powerhouse Maple Grove April 22.

Legacy Christian Academy

Legacy erupted for 25 runs in two wins in as many days last week before three games were called off because of the weather.

The Lions handed St. Agnes a 12-2 loss April 21 before it was Bethany Academy’s turn the following day. Legacy’s bats once again erupted in a 13-3 win spotlighted by pitcher Marie McLaughlin’s seven strikeouts. She also drove in six runs and went 5-for-5 at the plate.

PACT Charter School

After three losses to start the season, PACT rallied in a pair of MCAA Conference wins including a 12-8 home-opener win against Maranatha and a 6-4 win at Southwest Christian the next day. Eight Panthers batters had a hit against Southwest and pitcher Abby Rickenbach went 2-for-4 at the plate. On the rubber she struck out seven and gave up three earned runs on eight hits over seven innings without a walk.

Spring Lake Park freshman Halley Jones knocks a base hit into the outfield at Cambridge-Isanti. Photo by Greg Hunt

Spring Lake Park freshman Halley Jones knocks a base hit into the outfield at Cambridge-Isanti. Photo by Greg Hunt

Spring Lake Park

The Panthers posted three consecutive shutouts last week collectively outscoring the opposition 25-0 against Fridley, Irondale and Columbia Heights – three North Suburban Conference opponents.

Maddy Iskierka and Leah Pollesch each went 4-for-4 in a five-inning win over Fridley to back-up pitcher Alyssa Jones’ nine-strikeout win.

Spring Lake Park’s Maddy Wallraff scored the only run of the game in the bottom of the first inning. Jones struck out seven batters and Wallraff came on in relief to pick up the narrow April 22 win.

Jones gave up three hits and struck out 13 in five innings of an 11-0 win at Columbia Heights April 25. Briana Hatinen highlighted the Panthers bats with a 2-for-3 performance and drove  in three runs.

Jason Olson is at
jason.olson@ecm-inc.com

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