Mavericks stampede Coyotes in softball clash

ACROSS THE DIAMOND — Martin County West Maverick shortstop Alyssa Williamson (left) fires the softball across the diamond for an out as Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes’ runner Hannah Kazemba ventures away from second base during nonconference action Thursday at Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)

WELCOME — A tune-up game before a showcase clash before a sectional playoff contest.

Martin County West pounded out 14 hits, including five for extra bases, Thursday to complete the first of three key steps as the spring softball season begins to wind down.

Alyssa Williamson and Morgen Nelsen combined equally for six hits, including a pair of doubles, and four RBIs, while Shaylynn Anderson fired a four-hit complete game to stampede the Mavericks to a 19-3, four-inning run-rule rout over the Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda Coyotes in Welcome.

Martin County West (10-5) faces Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton at 4:30 p.m. today in a Valley Showcase game at Caswell Park in North Mankato before opening the Section 3AA tournament on Tuesday. The No. 6-seeded Mavericks play the No. 3-seeded St. James Area Saints in a 3:30 p.m. first-round sectional clash in Luverne.

“We got some extra innings of work for Shaylynn and gave Alyssa a rest (from pitching) today,” said MCW mentor Darrell Ziegler. “Offensively, we tried to be patient at the plate, and overall, I think our girls did a nice job of looking for good pitches to hit and didn’t chase out of the strike zone for most part.”

Patience proved a virtue for the Mavericks as the home team batted around completely twice, combining seven of their 12 walks received on the day with seven hits to erupt for 12 runs in the bottom of the first inning.

Madison Klima, who went 2-for-2 with one RBI, walked, swiped second base and scored the first of her three runs on the game when Williamson drilled an RBI single to left. Williamson, who had reached third base on the Coyotes’ throw to the plate, crossed home on a wild pitch for a 2-1 lead.

Karlee Thiesse belted an RBI triple into the left-field corner, Dani Nelson walked and Morgen Nelsen blooped an RBI single to plate Thiesse.

Hannah Olson delivered Nelson and Nelsen home when her towering high flyball was dropped in left-center. Olson, who had gained third base on the prior play, scored on Emily Dunlop’s RBI double to left-center.

Klima and Williamson produced an RBI single and a run-scoring double, respectively, to chase Coyotes starting pitcher Hannah Kazemba from the chalked circle with no outs in the first frame.

HLO/Fulda reliever Chrissy Hermeling issued one-out walks to Thiesse and Dani Nelson before Olson singled home a run. Dunlop then drew a bases-loaded walk to cap a 12-1 margin after one full frame.

MCW then sent nine hitters to the batter’s box in both the three-run second and four-run third to meet the league’s 15-run, four-inning rule.

Morgen Nelsen and Olson generated RBI singles in the second before Dunlop collected an RBI via a bases-loaded walk.

Ahead 15-3, Klima triggered the Mavericks’ third-inning stampede with a leadoff single to center before wheeling to third on Williamson’s infield hit. Anderson then assisted her own cause by slugging a two-run triple into the right-field corner. Anderson then crossed the plate on Thiesse’s sacrifice fly.

Morgen Nelsen later doubled and pinch hitter Hannah Wohlhuter added a single, but the damage was done.

Anderson worked around Kailee Haberman’s leadoff single and a walk to Hermeling in the top of the fourth without allowing a run.

Anderson allowed three runs — two earned — on four hits, struck out five and walked five in four frames to earn the complete-game victory.

Taylor Haberman went 2-for-2 with two RBIs for the Coyotes and Cheyliska Schaffer doubled to round out the Coyotes’ offensive effort.

HLOF ( 1)02 0 — 3 4 0

MCW (12)34 x — 19 14 1

Hannah Kazemba (LP), Chrissy Hermeling (1) and Cheyliska Schaffer. Shaylynn Anderson (WP) and Madison Klima.

LOB–Martin County West 6, Heron Lake-Okabena/Fulda 5. 2B–Alyssa Williamson (MCW), Morgen Nelsen (MCW), Emily Dunlop (MCW), Schaffer (HLOF). 3B–Shaylynn Anderson (MCW), Karlee Thiesse (MCW). SF–Thiesse (MCW). SAC–Cassidy Hennings (HLOF).