FHS softball garners record 7th straight win
BLUE EARTH — A victory for the Fairmont Cardinals softball program’s record books.
Sophomore ace right-hander Jordan Ehlert fired a two-hit complete-game shutout, while teammate Courtney Williams produced three RBIs on the strength of a home run and a double to power Fairmont to a 10-0, six-inning triumph over the Blue Earth Area Bucs on Thursday in Blue Earth.
Fairmont head coach Haley Loerts’ lineup opened the 2016 spring campaign with six consecutive victories. The Cardinals’ double-digit Big South Conference win on Thursday improved their overall mark to a record-setting 7-0.
Ehlert recorded five strikeouts and issued three walks in six scoreless innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Williams also scored a pair of runs to complement her two extra-base hits, while Taylor Crissinger and Jaiden Leiding generated two hits apiece. Crissinger doubled, drove in one run and scored once.
Mallory Gochanour singled, notched one RBI and scored twice, while Mariah Gochanour singled and crossed the plate twice.
Ehlert assisted her own cause by doubling home a run and scoring twice, Sydnea Brinkman chipped in a hit and Ericka Kim scored one run to round out the Cardinals’ effort.
Fairmont (7-0) plays host to Marshall in a 4 p.m. doubleheader on Tuesday at Cardinal Park.
Mountain Lake Area/Comfrey 7, Madelia/Truman 3 — Lexia Toll went 2-for-2 with two RBIs to help the Wolverines outslug the Jayhawks during nonconference action Thursday in Mountain Lake.
Margo Stoesz went 3-for-3 for the Wolverines, Molly Carnell went 2-for-2, while Merideth Suess doubled in two official at-bats to drive in two runs.
Carnell allowed three runs — two earned — on seven hits, struck out three and did not issue a walk in seven innings to earn the complete-game victory.
Madison Mueller belted a solo home run for the Jayhawks, while teammate Brytni Drevlow went 2-for-3 with a double and a run scored.
Carissa Caraway and Briana Ardolf each singled home a run for the Jayhawks, while Courtney Davis and Lydia Studer contributed one hit apiece.
Davis allowed five runs — four earned — on seven hits, struck out three and walked six in 4 1/3 innings to take the loss for the Jayhawks. Jessica Baumgartner worked one scoreless relief inning of one-hit ball to close out the Jayhawks’ pitching effort.
Madelia/Truman (1-6) plays host to Alden-Conger at 5 p.m. today in Truman.
Cleveland 18, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 1 — Joie Weller hurled a four-hit complete game to help steer the Clippers by the Jaguars during four-inning Valley Conference action Thursday in Cleveland.
Weller allowed two runs on four hits, recorded three strikeouts and issued only one walk in four frames to net the win.
Marissa Steinhaus drilled a leadoff home run in the top of the second inning for the Jaguars. Lizzie Oothoudt, Emilee Mosloski and Sidney Visher also collected hits for Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain (2-5) plays host to Medford at 5 p.m. today in Northrop.