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The Sleepy Eye Herald Dispatch - Sleepy Eye, MN
  • Sleepy Eye, St. Mary's split softball doubleheader

  • Softball fans witnessed polar opposite games on May 9 as St. Mary’s won 9-1 in game one while Sleepy Eye Public won 8-3 in game two.
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  • Softball fans witnessed polar opposite games on May 9 as St. Mary’s won 9-1 in game one while Sleepy Eye Public won 8-3 in game two.
     
    In game one, the lady Knights gave the Indians their first loss of the season with a dominant performance. Junior Ashley Helget went 2-for-3 in the win, scoring one run and hitting one RBI and two doubles along the way for St. Mary’s. The Knights scored two in the second followed by three in the third and three more in the fourth to take a huge lead. Senior Bethany Berkner went 2-for-4, adding three RBI while senior Larissa Helget scored two runs and had one RBI.
     
    Meanwhile, Sleepy Eye couldn’t get the bats going as junior Laura Pelzel was too solid on the mound to allow the Indians any opportunities. Pelzel threw five strikeouts, five hits, and the home run over seven innings. The only score for Sleepy Eye came in the third inning, when sophomore Natalie Stevens hit a solo home run to put the team on the board.
     
    Junior McKayla Ahlrich and sophomore Kalyn Haas pitched for the Indians. Ahlrich threw three strikeouts but walked four and allowed four hits and seven runs. Haas meanwhile, threw one strikeout, two walks, five hits and two runs.
     
    The second game was quite the opposite. Sleepy Eye got to a 4-0 lead in the third inning which stretched into a 8-0 lead in the fifth. Senior Carly Jensen led the Indians on the mound, allowing just four hits, one walk and three runs over six innings. Sophomore Josie Schieffert was 1-for-3 to lead at bat, with two RBI and a big home run.
     
    St. Mary’s was able to score three runs in the seventh, one of which was a home run from senior Karissa Fleck. Senior Deonna Brinkman added a base hit and recorded a run in the inning as well.
     
    “Bats didn’t get going until the seventh inning with Karissa’s home run,” Knights Coach Wendy Owens said. “Credit to Carly (Jensen) for pitching well and credit to our girls for not giving up and trying to put something together in the seventh.”
     
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