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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Lady Knights fall to GFW, shutout BLHS

  • The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thunderbirds handed the St. Mary’s softball team its first loss on April 21 in Sleepy Eye.
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  • The Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop Thunderbirds handed the St. Mary’s softball team its first loss on April 21 in Sleepy Eye.
     
    The Thunderbirds jumped to an early lead in the first after a few hits led to a two-run lead. Meanwhile, GFW’s winning pitcher, Erin McDurmont, kept the Lady Knights at bay with her fast pitches. McDurmont threw nine strikeouts and five walks in the no-hitter.
     
    St. Mary’s lone run came in the fourth inning when freshman Anna Lux was walked and proceeded to steal second and third base. Lux then scored on a throwing error by GFW’s catcher to third base that ended up in left field.
     
    The Thunderbirds added to their lead in the fifth and sixth innings with even more hits. The Lady Knights also made a few crucial mistakes on the field which gave GFW the advantage. Despite the 12 strikeouts and just one walk thrown by junior Laura Pelzel, GFW was relentless at bat.
     
    “We were unable to come up with key hits with runners on,” Knights Coach Wendy Owens said. “(We) hit to people and not in gaps-unlike GFW who had timely hits and capitalized on our errors.”
     
    On April 22, St. Mary’s traveled to Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart where they shutout the Mustangs 4-0.
     
    It was a slow paced game as the first run wasn’t put on the board until the third inning. Junior Cassie Smith was the winning batter after going 3-for-3 with one run scored, one triple and one RBI. Behind her was senior Deonna Brinkman and Pelzel, who each had one run scored for the Lady Knights.
     
    Meanwhile, freshman Anna Lux was the winning pitcher in her varsity debut, throwing 10 strikeouts and just three hits in the seven innings.
     
    St. Mary’s moves to 3-1 overall.

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