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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Knights sweep MVL, fall to GFW

  • The St. Mary’s softball team is now 5-2 on the year after sweeping Minnesota Valley Lutheran but falling to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.
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  • The St. Mary’s softball team is now 5-2 on the year after sweeping Minnesota Valley Lutheran but falling to Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop.
     
    On April 24, the lady Knights traveled to Minnesota Valley Lutheran to take on the Chargers in a double header. St. Mary’s got to a quick lead after capitalizing on MVL’s poor defense and scored five runs in the process. Meanwhile, junior Laura Pelzel excelled on the mound, throwing eight strikeouts and just two runs. The Chargers out-hit the Knights 11-5 but most of those runners were left on as St. Mary’s defense made enough plays to hold them from scoring.
     
    Senior Larissa Helget went 1-for-3 at bat to lead the Knights, scoring two runs, hitting one double and recording two RBI, one walk and two stolen bases. Behind her was senior Bethany Berkner, who went 1-for-1 with one RBI and three walks. Junior Cassie Smith went 1-for-3 and scored two runs in the win.
     
    In game two, St. Mary’s got to work early again, grabbing a 10-2 lead after the first three innings. Just as it was looking to be a runaway, MVL stepped up big in the sixth inning, taking advantage of a flustered Anna Lux on the mound. Lux gave up five earned runs in the sixth inning alone, but was finally able to calm her nerves and get the outs needed to win. Lux threw all seven innings and threw five strikeouts and seven walks.
     
    Helget went 2-for-2, scoring three runs to lead the Knights to the sweep. Junior Ashley Helget went 2-for-3 with one run scored, while Lux went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and one RBI. Berkner meanwhile, added one run and two RBI.
     
    The next day, St. Mary’s was on the road as it took on GFW. It was a battle from the mound as both pitchers prevented most opportunities at the plate. Lux once again started as pitcher, and threw six strikeouts, one walk, and allowed three earned runs and seven hits before she was relieved by Pelzel in the seventh inning.
     
    The Knights had a 3-1 lead going into the seventh inning before Lux allowed the Thunderbirds to score two runs which sent the game into an extra inning. St. Mary’s wasn’t able to get any runs in the eighth while GFW took advantage of a couple of errors made by the Knights and scored a run to take the game.
     
    “Anna had pitched a great game; Laura was put in a tough spot,” St. Mary’s Coach Wendy Owens said. “We took advantage of their miscues early with great base running, but it wasn’t enough.”
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    Ashley Helget and Larissa Helget combined for two runs scored in the loss. The Knights move to 5-2 overall.

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