MLA-C drops squeaker in opener, win by nine runs in nightcap
The Mountain Lake Area-Comfrey (MLA-C) Wolverine Girls Softball squad split a Thursday, May 11 doubleheader against Red Rock Conference foe Red Rock Central/Westbrook-Walnut Grove (RRC/WW-G) at Munson Field in Mountain Lake.
The Wolverines lost by a squeaker in the first game of the two-spot, 3-2, but had their claws up in the nightcap, downing their guests by nine runs, 17-6.
MLA-C’s Molly Carnell was wheeling and dealing for both games. In the first game, Carnell pitched seven innings, tallying nine strikeouts while hurling 18 first-pitch strikes. Amber Eischen had one RBI, and Rylie Tollefson was strong at the plate with a pair of QABs.
RRC/WW-G held a 3-0 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh when the Wolverines rallied two score two runs, but fell just short of the comeback.
Seven runs in their first at bat in the second game jumped MLA-C in front 7-1 following the first inning. The Wolverines added three runs in the fourth, four in the fifth and three more in the sixth, more than enough to notch the win, even though RRC/WW-G scored five additional runs in their half of the fifth inning.
Carnell recorded a pair of strike-outs and 24 first-pitch strikes.
Margo Stoesz brought home three RBIs, with Carnell and Meredith Suess each with a pair.
Jaelin Renquist had three hits, while Jordan Boldt and Hailey Pidde each connected for a pair.
Pidde and Tollefson had four QABs, and teammate Boldt performed for three. (QABs – Quality At Bats – are at bats in which the batter is productive in a way that fits the situation, whether that involves advancing the runner with a sacrifice bunt or even a ground ball out, getting on base, or making the pitcher throw a lot of pitches. Thus, a quality at bat is not measured simply by the standard batting statistics such as batting average, on-base percentage, or slugging, but by stats that show productivity regardless of result.
The team’s head coach is Brian Hopwood, with Shawn Naas as assistant coach.
The team roster is as follows:
- #1 – Destiny Sybounheuan, OF, bats right, throw right.
- #2 – Taylor Naas, IF, bats left, throws right.
- #8 – Jaelin Renquist, OF, IF, bats right throws, right.
- #9 – Meredith Suess, OF, bats right, throws right.
- #10 – Lexia Peters, OF, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #11 – Margo Stoesz, C, OF, bats right, throws right.
- #12 – Jaden Hoek, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #13 – Hailey Pidde, C, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #14 – Kaylee Nickel, IF, bats right, throws right
- #15 – Kalley Rempel, OF, bats right, throws right..
- #16 – Cassidy Gode, P, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #17 – Jordan Boldt, P, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #19 – Natalie Goblirsch – 1B, bats right, throws right.
- #20 – Lexi Toll, OF, bats right, throws right.
- #21 – Amber Eischen, 3B, OF, bats right, throws right.
- #22 – Rylie Tollefson – P, IF, bats left, throws right.
- #23 – Saige Wall – IF, bats right, throws right.
- #26 – Molly Carnell – P, IF, bats right, throws right.
- #30 – Samantha Stahl, OF, IF, bats right, throws right.
Below are some photos from the first game of the doubleheader: