Fairmont softball sweeps pair with Waseca

ROOM TO SPARE — Fairmont runner Cambrie Anderson (left) beats the throw to Waseca third baseman Isabel DenOuden with room to spare during a Big South softball doubleheader Tuesday night at Cardinal Park. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont doubled its seasonal victories by sweeping a twinbill with the Waseca Bluejays during Big South Conference softball action Tuesday at Cardinal Park.

Ace right-hander Jordan Ehlert fired a two-hit complete-game shutout, in addition to scoring the opener’s only run on Taylor Crissinger’s RBI triple, to engineer the Cardinals’ 1-0 triumph.

Jen Moeller, Cambrie Anderson and Hailey Meyers then combined for seven hits, eight runs scored and four RBIs to pace Fairmont’s 11-3 rout in Game 2.

“It took the entire first game for our offense to start clicking, but once it did, we hit the ball with authority in the second game,” Cardinals head coach Haley Loerts said in reference to her batting order’s 11-hit performance, including three for extra bases, during the nightcap. ” … Now we need to carry the momentum from this doubleheader sweep into the rest of the regular season and the upcoming playoffs.”

With Ehlert and Waseca starter Michaela Shifflett locked up in a classic pitcher’s duel in Game 1, Fairmont’s senior co-captains supplied the only run needed. Ehlert legged out a one-out infield hit to the hole at short before circling the bases on Crissinger’s towering RBI triple to deep center field.

The hard-throwing Ehlert then allowed singles to Emily Dammann and Jozie Gehloff in the fourth and sixth innings, respectively, retiring 12 of the final 15 Bluejay batters she faced to earn the complete-game opening victory.

“Jo had great command of the strike zone today,” Loerts said in reference to Ehlert, who recorded nine strikeouts without issuing a walk in seven innings of work.

Jen Moeller and Anderson added hits for the Cardinals in Game 1.

Jen Moeller then moved from shortstop to the pitching rubber in Game 2, allowing three runs — all unearned — on just four hits in 6 1/3 innings to earn the victory. Moeller struck out five and issued three walks before giving way to Ehlert.

Ehlert slammed the door shut on the Game 2 victory by notching a strikeout and getting an infield popup in the top of the seventh inning.

“Jen pitched a nice game for us, but just ran out of gas in the seventh,” said Loerts. “Jo then preserved the win and doubleheader sweep by getting the next two outs with runners in scoring position.”

Jen Moeller helped her own pitching cause by going 3-for-3 with a double, scored three runs and collected one RBI in Game 2, while Anderson went 2-for-4 with two RBIs and two runs scored. Meyers and Chloe Murphy each contributed two hits to Fairmont’s 11-hit offensive outburst during the nightcap. Meyers scored three runs and had one RBI, while Murphy tripled and scored once.

Jen Moeller and Anderson served as the Cardinals’ offensive catalyst in the bottom of the first inning during Game 2. Moeller singled and reached second base on an error before crossing the plate on Anderson’s RBI single. Anderson later circled the bases on Crissinger’s long RBI triple to straight-away center for a 2-1 lead.

Jen Moeller’s RBI double helped pace Fairmont’s three-run second at-bat, while Murphy’s leadoff triple in the fourth — combined with Meyers’ RBI bunt hit — widened the home team’s lead to 7-1.

Meyers’ single, a walk to Jen Moeller, Anderson’s RBI single and Ehlert’s RBI groundout highlighted the Cardinals’ four-run bottom of the sixth inning.

Amia Broughten went 2-for-3 and scored a run to pace Waseca during Game 2.

Fairmont (4-9) plays host to Blue Earth Area at 5:30 p.m. Thursday. Waseca (2-6) travels to New Ulm on Thursday for another conference doubleheader.

(Game 1)

FHS 000 100 0 — 1 4 1

WAS 000 000 0 — 0 2 0

Jordan Ehlert (WP) and Chloe Murphy. Michaela Shifflett (LP) and Emily Dammann.

LOB–Fairmont 3, Waseca 3. 3B–Taylor Crissinger (FHS). SAC–Cambrie Anderson (FHS), Amia Broughten (WAS).

(Game 2)

WAS 100 001 1 — 3 4 7

FHS 230 204 x — 11 11 5

Michaela Shifflett (LP) and Emily Dammann. Jen Moeller (WP), Jordan Ehlert (7) and Chloe Murphy.

LOB–Fairmont 6, Waseca 6. 2B–Jen Moeller (FHS). 3B–Taylor Crissinger (FHS), Murphy (FHS). SAC–Dammann (WAS), Jozie Gehloff (WAS).

Martin County West 5, Nicollet 1 — Alyssa Williamson flexed both her pitching arm and potent bat Tuesday night to power the Mavericks to a four-run Valley Conference victory over the Raiders in Nicollet.

Williamson recorded four strikeouts and issued five walks in firing a three-hit complete-game gem to earn the victory. Williamson also contributed two hits, including a solo home run, to MCW’s 11-hit performance.

Morgen Nelsen produced three hits and two RBIs to top the Mavericks, Dani Nelson singled and doubled, while Ivy Kokoruda contributed a two-run single to the win.

Marah Hulke doubled and teammate Jessi Johnson collected two singles to pace Nicollet’s offensive effort.

Hulke allowed five runs on 11 hits, struck out six and did not issue a walk in seven innings pitched to absorb the loss for Nicollet.

Martin County West (8-4, 5-0 Valley) plays host to Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton on Friday at Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome.

MCW 021 002 0 — 5 11 2

NIC 100 000 0 — 1 3 2

Alyssa Williamson (WP) and Madison Klima. Marah Hulke (LP) and Marisa Arndt.

Prep Baseball

Fairmont 11, Waseca 0 — Zach Soelter produced three hits, two RBIs, and two runs scored, while Dan Brummond pitched a three-hit complete-game shutout to engineer the Cardinals’ run-rule rout over the Bluejays on Tuesday in Waseca.

Brummond recorded two strikeouts and issued three walks in five innings of work in the Big South Conference contest to earn the victory.

Soelter, who went 3-for-3, and Fairmont’s batting order erupted for 10 first-inning runs and never looked back en route to the team’s seventh consecutive triumph.

“We made a statement (offensively) right away, and the defense and pitching took care of the rest,” said Fairmont co-head coach Jerry Brooks.

Nick Eversman went 2-for-3 with two RBIs and two runs scored for the Cardinals, while Cale Steuber went 2-for-2 from the batter’s box with a pair of runs scored.

Dalen Keltgen doubled in three at-bats, drove in two runs and crossed the plate twice for the red-and-white, while Dustin Schultz doubled in two official at-bats and produced two RBIs.

Zac Ringnell and Jack Hested each went 1-for-2 with one RBI for Fairmont, while Hested scoring one run.

Dravin Spies doubled for Waseca, while Payton Gehloff and Marcus Priebe added one single apiece.

Waseca starting pitcher Justin Azure allowed 11 runs — just four earned — on nine hits, issued five walks and struck out five in two innings of work to take the loss.

Fairmont (10-2) travels to Blue Earth Area on Friday for another Big South contest.

FHS (10)10 00 — 11 11 0

WAS 0 00 00 — 0 3 1

Dan Brummond (WP) and Zac Ringnell. Justin Azure (LP), Rily Sylvester (3), Payton Gehloff (5) and Zachary Hoehn.

Noah Nelson fired a no-hitter to power Fairmont to a 12-0, five-inning triumph over Waseca during B-squad action Tuesday.

Nelson recorded six strikeouts and did not issue a walk in five shutout innings pitched to earn the complete-game victory.

Nelson also went 2-for-3 for the Cardinals’ offense, Jackson Utermarck also went 2-for-3, Zach Jorgensen tripled and singled, while Eli Anderson contributed a double to the win.

Martin County West 9, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 6 — Payton Anderson went 3-for-4 with two RBIs and scored two runs to help the Mavericks collar the Bulldogs during Valley Conference action Tuesday at Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome.

Wyatt Geistfeld singled and doubled in four official at-bats, collected one RBI and scored a run for MCW. Karson Janssen delivered a two-run double to the Mavericks’ 10-hit performance and scored a run, while Donavon Swanson went 1-for-1, walked, was hit by a pitch and scored two runs.

Kain Sanders allowed five runs — three earned — on seven hits, struck out four and walked three in 4 1/3 innings pitched to net the win for MCW. Jaxson Rohman merited the save by giving up one unearned run on just one hit in 2 2/3 innings of relief. Rohman struck out two and walked four.

Dalton Klampe went 3-for-5 with two RBIs and a run scored for JWP, while Bailey Tolzmann went 1-for-3 with one RBI.

Bulldogs’ starter Kain Oliver allowed nine runs — six earned — on 10 hits, struck out two and walked two in six innings pitched to take the loss.

Martin County West (3-7, 2-3 Valley) plays host to Jackson County Central on Thursday in Welcome.

JWP 020 030 1 — 6 8 2

MCW 171 000 x — 9 10 3

Kain Oliver (LP) and Jake Stork. Kain Sanders (WP), Jaxson Rohman (5, Sv) and Zac Spear.

Hayfield 20, Martin Luther/ GHEC/Truman 5 — The Vikings erupted for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning, and capitalized on nine Jaguar errors on the game, to fuel a 20-5 non-league win Tuesday night in Truman.

Mason Tapp produced two hits and two RBIs to complement four runs scored for Hayfield, while Jake Risius collected three RBIs on the strength of two hits and crossed the plate three times.

Karver Heydt and Brady Nelson each smacked three hits for the Vikings, with Heydt driving in two runs and Nelson one. Kolby Tapp and Joey Tempel each generated two hits, with Tapp tallying two RBIs and Tempel scoring three runs.

Luke Dudycha struck out seven, walked two and gave up one run on one hit in three innings of relief to earn the pitching victory for Hayfield.

Mitchell Prafke went 3-for-3 with a double to produce one RBI and two runs scored to pace the Jaguars’ six-hit effort.

Owen Wolter doubled and scored a run for the Jaguars, Paxton Gravlin doubled, while Clay Gieseke added a single.

Gravlin allowed seven runs — five earned — on six hits in three innings of work to take the loss. The Jaguars’ left-hander struck out one and walked three.

The Jaguars (7-4) travel to Nicollet on Thursday.

HAY 052 220 9 — 20 16 0

MGT 100 310 0 — 5 6 9

Joey Tempel, Luke Dudycha (4, WP), Jake Risius (7) and Risius, Easton Fritcher (7). Paxton Gravlin (LP), Mitchell Prafke (4) and Prafke, Owen Wolter (4).