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Cardinal softball presses Saints to 7 innings; FHS baseball downs St. Peter

UNDER THE TAG — Fairmont runner Emily Muller (right) slides under the tag of St. Peter catcher Alyssa Hrdlicka to score a run during Big South softball action Tuesday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Home plate umpire Greg Thiesse watches the close play. (Photo by Greg Abel)

FAIRMONT — Fairmont’s youthful softball lineup transformed a bleak outlook into a morale victory during Big South action against St. Peter on Tuesday.

Trailing 10-0, the hometown Cardinals’ Emily Muller drilled a leadoff double in the fifth inning to spoil Saints hurler Maya Pettis’ no-hit bid. Cassidy Schultz then legged out an infield hit and Muller scored on Kaitlyn Scott’s RBI groundout to prevent St. Peter from exiting Cardinal Park early via a run-rule decision.

Maya Pettis, however, fired a two-hit complete-game gem, while teammate Grace Remmert generated two hits, a game-best four RBIs and scored twice to pace the Saints’ 11-2 seven-inning victory over the Cardinals.

“I’m proud of our girls’ resiliency today,” said Fairmont head coach Cory Hainy, whose team lost a 14-4 run-rule decision to St. Peter on April 8. “When (starting pitcher) Anna (Ehlert) went down after getting hit by (McKenna Van Zee’s) comebacker in the leg during the third, and later when we trailed by 10 runs, our girls collected themselves and battled back to extend the game past the fifth.”

While Fairmont closer Nevaeh Rahm kept St. Peter off the scoreboard during the final 3 1/3 innings of regulation, Allison Janssen added one more run to the Cardinals’ side of the scoreboard in the sixth. Janssen walked, took second when Kynlie Anderson reached on an error and later scored on a wild pitch.

Rahm displayed stellar control by striking out one, did not issue a walk and allowed just one hit in scoreless relief.

“Hopefully, Anna will be back for us by Thursday, but we’ll have to see how she feels and take it from there,” said Hainy.

Maya Pettis struck out three, issued one walk and allowed one earned run in seven innings of work.

Van Zee went 3-for-4 with two runs scored to set the offensive table for the Saints, who pounded out a dozen hits.

Remmert literally proved the driving force for St. Peter, singling home one in a four-run third inning, tripled home two more in a five-run fourth and added an RBI groundout in the fifth.

Sophia Doherty and Hannah Brenke each went 2-for-4, with Doherty accounting for two RBIs for the Saints, Lilly Ruffin doubled and produced a sacrifice fly, while Dani Johnson added a triple.

Fairmont (1-6) travels to Worthington on Thursday, while St. Peter (5-3) hosts Waseca.

STP 004 510 1 — 11 12 3

FHS 000 011 0 — 2 2 3

Maya Pettis (WP) and Alyssa Hrdlicka. Anna Ehlert (LP), Allison Janssen (2), Nevaeh Rahm (4) and Chantel Moeller.

LOB–St. Peter 5, FHS 4. 2B–Emily Muller (F), Lilly Ruffin (SP). 3B–Grace Remmert (SP), Dani Johnson (SP). SF–Ruffin.

Gabby Leiding struck out 11 batters in firing a complete-game gem to guide Fairmont to a 3-1 win over St. Peter during junior varsity action Tuesday in Fairmont.

Ava Terfehr collected two hits to top the Cardinals (5-2), while teammates Ashley Muller, Paige Linse and Ella Klunder each contributed one hit.

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Fairmont 7, St. Peter 5 — Jackson Utermarck’s RBI single in the fifth inning and Eli Anderson’s sacrifice fly in the sixth played key roles into steering the Cardinals to a two-run Big South triumph over the Saints on Tuesday in St. Peter.

Fairmont built an early 4-1 lead behind Lincoln Becker’s RBI single during a three-run second inning and Gavin Rodning’s sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth.

Becker went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and one RBI, Jack Kosbab doubled and scored a run, while Rodning added a hit and crossed the plate once for Fairmont. Levi Pooley, Landen Meyerdirk and Nate Soelter each walked and scored a run in the victory.

Jacob Crissinger allowed five earned runs on nine hits, struck out four and walked three in 6 1/3 innings to earn the win for the Cardinals. Anderson notched the save by getting the final two outs in relief.

Fairmont (3-4) hosts Worthington at 5:30 p.m. Thursday at Herb Wolf Field.

St. Peter erupted for nine fifth-inning runs to squeeze out an 11-10 win over Fairmont during junior varsity action Tuesday in St. Peter.

Ben Moeller collected the Cardinals’ only hit of the game and scored two runs. Moeller also collected two of the incredible 18 walks issued to Fairmont.

Martin County West 10, Truman/Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 9 — The Mavericks scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch to edge the Jaguars during Valley Conference action Tuesday in Welcome.

Trailing 9-8, MCW scored twice with one out in the bottom of the seventh inning to rally for the win.

Jaxson Rohman topped MCW with three hits, including a double, and scored three runs, while Blake Jagodzinske had one hit, two RBIs and a run scored. Wyatt Williamson had two hits, including a double, and three RBIs, while Riley Kascht walked four times and scored two runs.

Owen Wolter led the Jaguars with four hits, including two doubles, and two runs scored, while McKenna Benck had one hit and an RBI.

Luke Kester had one hit, a walk and a run scored for the Jaguars, while Kaiden Musser had two his, including a double, and a run scored. Jacob Moeller added an RBI hit, while Matthew Steuber scored a run.

MCW (3-6, 3-1 Valley) travels to Madelia for a 4:30 p.m. matchup Thursday. The Jaguars (1-5) plays host to St. Clair at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in Truman.

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