Ehlert, Cardinals shut out Trojans

NO-LOOK CATCH — Fairmont catcher Chloe Murphy (left) veers away from Cardinal pitcher Jordan Ehlert as Ehlert catches a short popup during Big South softball action against Worthington on Tuesday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont ace right-hander Jordan Ehlert’s softball deliveries cooled off Worthington’s potent offensive attack on Tuesday, while the Cardinals’ batting order warmed up its aluminum bats at the Trojans’ expense.

Ehlert recorded 10 strikeouts to highlight hurling a four-hit complete-game shutout, while Taylor Crissinger went 1-for-2 with a double and a sacrifice fly to power Fairmont to a 5-0 Big South Conference triumph over Worthington at Cardinal Park.

“From an offensive standpoint, scoring two runs right away in the first inning really dictated the tone of the entire game for us,” said Fairmont head coach Haley Loerts.

After Ehlert gloved a foul popup to strand Trojan speedster Payton Sauerbrei at third base in the top of the first, Crissinger maintained her hot hitting ways by hammering a one-out double to left field in the home half.

Crissinger then circled the bases when Jen Moeller alertly forced an errant throw to first base on a dropped third strike by hustling down the line. Jen Moeller moved to second base on a walk to Lexus Wojtanowicz before crossing the plate on Maddy Moeller’s RBI double to center for a 2-0 lead.

After Ehlert struck out the side to work around Sydney Ponto’s leadoff single and a Cardinal error in the top of the second, Whitney Scott served as Fairmont’s offensive catalyst in the bottom of the frame.

“It was nice to see everybody in the lineup contributing to our win today. Whether it was getting a hit, driving in a run, scoring or just reaching base, it all mattered in a big way,” said Loerts.

Scott lined a leadoff single before Chloe Murphy took her place on base via a fielder’s choice. Murphy moved to third when Hailey Meyers’ grounder was mishandled and stayed put on Ehlert’s infield hit. Murphy then tagged and scored on Crissinger’s sacrifice fly to deep center to extend Fairmont’s lead to 3-0.

Ehlert and the Cardinals’ sure-handed defense thwarted the Trojans’ bases-loaded threat in the top of the sixth to keep the visitors off the scoreboard.

Haley Grimmius doubled, Ponto walked and Kami Bird singled to fill the base paths with Trojans, but Murphy corraled a foul popup from her catcher’s position for the second out. Ehlert then utilized her change-up to record a clutch strikeout to slam the door on Worthington.

Fairmont’s batting order then heeded Loerts’ request for an “Aflac” inning during the bottom of the sixth. Maddy Moeller and Sydney Hainy collected back-to-back hits before Scott reached on a fielder’s choice. Both Hainy and Scott scored on Meyers’ clutch two-run single to center with two out to widen the Cardinals’ lead to 5-0.

Ehlert recorded a 1-2-3 top of the seventh to preserve her complete-game shutout.

Maddy Moeller went 2-for-3 with a double and one RBI for the Cardinals, while Ponto went 2-for-2 with a walk for the Trojans.

Grimmius allowed five runs — only two earned — on eight hits, struck out eight and issued just one walk in seven innings of work to absorb the loss for Worthington.

Fairmont (1-2) is scheduled to travel to St. Peter on Thursday, while Worthington (2-2) is slated to play host to Redwood Valley on Friday on the Minnesota West campus in Worthington.

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Haley Grimmius (LP) and Sophie Wietzema. Jordan Ehlert (WP) and Chloe Murphy.

LOB–Worthington 8; Fairmont 5. 2B–Taylor Crissinger (FHS), Jen Moeller (FHS), Maddy Moeller (FHS), Grimmius (WOR). SF–Crissinger (FHS).

Jaya Johnson slugged a solo home run and scored twice, while Emma Gudahl tripled twice, scored two runs and collected one RBI to help steer Fairmont to an 8-4 win over Worthington during junior varsity action Tuesday in Fairmont.

Kaitlyn Scott doubled and scored a pair of runs for the Cardinals, while Macey Bearson singled.

Kaitlyn Freese allowed four runs on three hits and struck out 11 in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for Fairmont.

Martin County West 8, Cleveland 7 — Alyssa Williamson scored the game-winning run on Hannah Olson’s RBI grounder with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to sail the Mavericks to a one-run Valley Conference victory over the Clippers on Tuesday at Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome.

Williamson lined a leadoff single in the home half of the seventh, wheeled to third base on Shaylynn Anderson’s ensuing single and later crossed the plate on Olson’s RBI groundout.

Anderson also belted a two-run home run for MCW, Morgen Nelsen collected two hits and two RBIs, Karlee Thiesse singled and doubled, while Williamson added two hits.

Williamson allowed seven runs on 11 hits, struck out three and walked three in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.

Katelyn McCabe collected three hits for Cleveland, McKenna Robb singled and smacked a home run, while Brianna Connor also homered for the visitors.

Robb gave up eight runs on nine hits, struck out four and walked two in 6 2/3 innings to take the loss for the Clippers.

Martin County West (2-1, 1-0 Valley) is scheduled to travel to St. James on Friday.

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Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

McKenna Robb (LP) and Lexi Hollerich. Alyssa Williamson (WP) and Madison Klima.

New Ulm 10, Blue Earth Area 3 — Ashlyn Donner’s pitching arm and productive bat helped power the Eagles to a seven-run Big South Conference win over the Bucs on Tuesday in Blue Earth.

Donner generated a game-best three RBIs on a single and a double, while teammates Madeline Gag and Abbey Lee each produced two RBIs on one double. Carli Botten added two hits, including a double, for New Ulm.

Donner allowed two runs on three hits, struck out nine and issued only one walk in five innings pitched to net the victory. Morgan Deslauriers gave up one run on one hit and fanned three in two innings of relief.

Sydney Blagg singled and scored a run for BEA, Lauren Madetzke singled and doubled, while Adrianna Granillo collected two RBIs.

Amarrah Harris added the Bucs’ fourth hit, while Carla Leyva and Emma Dahl scored one run apiece.

Madetzke allowed 10 runs — seven earned — on eight hits, struck out five and walked six in seven innings pitched to take the loss for the Bucs.

Blue Earth Area (0-4) plays host to Worthington on Monday.

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Ashlyn Donner (WP), Morgan Deslauriers (6) and Abbey Lee. Lauren Madetzke (LP) and Miya Gustafson.

Prep Baseball

Fairmont 14, Worthington 2 (6 innings) — Starting pitcher Joey Flohrs and closer Dalen Keltgen combined on a three-hitter as the Cardinals coasted to a run-rule victory over the Trojans during Big South Conference action Tuesday in Worthington.

Flohrs allowed two runs on two hits, struck out eight and issued only one walk in five frames pitched to earn the winning decision. Keltgen allowed one hit, struck out one and walked one in one scoreless inning of relief.

Zach Soelter went 3-for-5 with a double and one RBI to help ignite the Cardinals’ 12-hit offensive effort, while Keltgen went 2-for-2 with two RBIs.

Zac Ringnell singled, doubled and drove in one run for Fairmont, Zach Jorgensen delivered a two-run double, Blake Buntjer doubled in one run, Eli Anderson contributed one hit and knocked in a run, while Cale Steuber added a hit.

Fairmont (1-1) is scheduled to play host to St. Peter on Thursday at Herb Wolf Field.

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Blue Earth Area 5, New Ulm 4 — A perfect 4-0 start to the spring season.

Koby Nagel delivered the game-winning RBI single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning to propel the Bucs to a 5-4 Big South Conference triumph over the Eagles on Tuesday in Blue Earth.

Karson Legred walked, advanced 90 feet when Hunter Bleess was hit by a pitch and circled the bases with the winning run on Nagel’s decisive clutch hit.

Legred went 2-for-3 with a double, scored two runs and collected one RBI for BEA, which captured its third one-run win out of its four consecutive decisions.

Nagel went 2-for-4 with a run scored, Bleess went 1-for-2 with one RBI and a run scored, while Anders Fering smacked a two-run double for the Bucs.

Gavin Storbeck allowed four runs on six hits, struck out four and walked five in seven innings pitched to earn the complete-game win for BEA.

Blue Earth Area (4-0, 2-0 BSC) is scheduled to play host to Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman on Thursday in Blue Earth.

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Winning run scored with two outs in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Martin Luther/GHEC/Truman 15, Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 11 — Owen Wolter erupted for a game-best five RBIs on the strength of four hits and scored three runs to help the Jaguars outslug the Knights by four during Valley Conference action Tuesday in Northrop.

Cayden Fischer and Paxton Gravlin each collected two RBIs on two hits, with Fischer scoring twice and Gravlin crossing the plate once.

Carter Spear and Clay Gieseke each generated two hits, including a double, with Spear scoring two runs. Jaiden Cook doubled and scored twice for the Jaguars, while Mitchell Prafke scored four runs.

Fischer allowed five runs — four earned — on four hits in three innings pitched to earn the win. Fischer struck out six and walked four.

The Jaguars (2-0, 1-0 Valley) are scheduled to travel to Blue Earth on Thursday.

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Mankato Loyola 11, Martin County West 1 — The Crusaders used a complete game from pitcher Ben Ellingworth on the way to a run-rule shortened victory over the Mavericks in a Valley Conference battle Tuesday in Mankato.

Ellingworth threw five innings and gave up one earned run on three hits and one walk, while striking out four.

Matthew Helget led the Crusaders went 2-for 2 with two runs scored and three RBIs, while Andrew Kohrs added a double and two runs scored to help power the Crusaders’ offensive outburst.

Payton Anderson had two hits, including a double, for the Mavericks, while Kain Sanders collected one hit and scored the Mavericks’ lone run.

Blake Jagodzinske started the game for the Mavericks, throwing three innings and giving up eight runs on seven hits, four walks and two hit batters, while striking out one.

Angel Reyes came in for 2/3s of an inning in relief, giving up three runs on four walks and a hit batter before Sanders finished the inning giving up one hit and striking out one.

MCW (0-3, 0-1) travels to Milroy to face Tracy-Milroy-Balaton for a 5 p.m. game Friday.

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