Bulldogs double score on Mavericks softball

COLLISION — Martin County West runner Hannah Olson (6) slides safely under Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton catcher Abby Mudgett during a slight collision at home during Valley Conference softball action Friday in Welcome. Maverick teammate Karlee Thiesse (21) and umpire Tom Bromeland watch the action. (Photo by Greg Abel)

WELCOME — Four three-run innings propelled the Bulldogs.

Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton beat the Martin County West Mavericks 10-5 in a Valley Conference softball matchup Friday in Welcome.

JWP got the offensive outburst started in the top of the first inning.

Halle Satre lined a single to right field to start the inning, then Madi Loken doubled to left center to set two runners in scoring postition. Hailie Wheelock collected an RBI when she hit an infield single, which a diving stop from Maverick second baseman Shaylynn Anderson kept from being a two-run single.

After Wheelock stole second and Mavericks’ starter Alyssa Williamson forced a pop out, an error allowed both Loken and Wheelock to score and put the Bulldogs ahead 3-0.

The Mavericks scored once in the bottom of the first after Bulldog starter Abby Tarrant walked the bases loaded and an error allowed Karlee Thiesse to score, but MCW couldn’t push across any more runs in the inning.

MCW scored again in the second when Hannah Olson reached on an error, while two bunt singles and another error allowed her to score.

The Bulldogs got the lead back to two runs in the fourth inning when Zoie Burton hit a bunt single, stole second and third, and scored on a passed ball.

The Mavericks got back within a run in the fifth when Morgan Nelson reached on an error, moved to second on a walk and scored on one of Madison Klima’s four hits, the only of which wasn’t a bunt.

But JWP got the lead to four on two hits, a walk, an RBI groundout and an error in the bottom of the sixth.

Anderson doubled and came around to score on an error in the bottom of the sixth, but the Bulldogs put up another three-run inning in the seventh with five hits, including three doubles.

Tarrant got the win for the Bulldogs throwing all seven innings and giving up five runs on six hits and eight walks, while collecting seven strikeouts.

Williamson got the loss for the Mavericks after throwing seven innings and giving up 10 runs — six earned — on 15 hits and two walks, while she struck out four.

MCW head coach Darrell Ziegler said the Mavericks didn’t come to the game ready to play.

“That’s been my biggest concern all year,” Ziegler said. “We dig ourselves holes all the time, we’ve been able to get out of several games that way, but this was a good team and we, again, fell behind right away. We weren’t mentally prepared, we did not have good routine in warmups and that’s been our biggest downfall all year.

“We need to be more mentally prepared, not let little things bug us or get down on ourselves when something doesn’t go well.”

Abby Mudgett had a double and an RBI for the Bulldogs, while also reaching on a walk, Satre had two hits and an RBI and Loken had a double, a single and an RBI.

Wheelock collected three singles, two RBIs and a stolen base, while Burton had a bunt single, two stolen bases, a run scored and a walk.

Mandy Gruis hit a double, while Paiton Ahlman had two singles and an RBI and Kate Losee had a double, two singles and two runs scored.

Klima collected four hits for the Mavericks, while Williamson reached base on a walk three times.

Anderson had a double and a run scored, while Olson reached on two walks and an error. Taylor Elliott added a single for MCW.

MCW (8-5, 5-1) plays host to Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 5 p.m. Tuesday, while JWP (7-3, 5-1) hosts the Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton tournament at 11 a.m. today.

JWP 300 103 3 — 10 15 5

MCW 110 011 1 — 5 6 4

Abby Tarrant (WP) and Abby Mudgett. Alyssa Williamson (LP) and Madison Klima.

LOB–JWP 8, MCW 13. 2B — Loken (JWP), Gruis (JWP), Losee (JWP), Mudgett (JWP), Anderson (MCW).

Worthington 4, Fairmont 1 — Trojan ace hurler Sydney Ponto received more offensive support than Cardinal pitching counterpart Jordan Ehlert to pace the home team’s three-run Big South Conference win on Friday in Worthington.

Haley Grimmius, Payton Sauerbrei and Sophie Wietzema delivered back-to-back-to-back hits to produce two runs in the Trojans’ half of the third inning.

Ponto allowed only one run on three hits in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory for Worthington.

Ehlert recorded nine strikeouts without issuing a walk, and allowed four runs — three earned — on just three hits in six innings pitched to absorb the loss for Fairmont.

Jen Moeller tripled and scored the Cardinals’ only run on Cambrie Anderson’s RBI out, while Taylor Crissinger and Ehlert supplied one hit each.

Fairmont (5-10) plays host to St. Peter at 11 a.m. today at Cardinal Park.

Emma Gudahl went 3-for-5 with one RBI and two runs scored to help Fairmont outslug Worthington, 9-8, during junior varsity action Friday.

Jaya Johnson produced two hits and two RBIs for the Cardinals, while Abby Sunken went 2-for-4 with a double, one RBI and a run scored.

Brandi Moeckel and Gracie Figueroa supplied RBI singles for the Cardinals, while Kaitlyn Scott added a hit.

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