Mavericks stampede Jaguars in Valley softball game

HIGH-FIVING — Martin County West’s Hailee Schuett (8) receives high-fives from teammates Emily Dunlop (left) and Taylor Elliott after Schuett slugged a home run during Valley Conference softball action Thursday in Truman. (Photo by Greg Abel)

TRUMAN — Anderson, Anderson and Anderson led the Martin County West Mavericks’ late charge.

Paige Anderson, Emily Anderson and Thea Anderson combined to go 6-for-6 in the fifth and sixth innings with six runs scored to lead MCW to a 15-6 Valley Conference softball win over the Truman/Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain Jaguars on Thursday in Truman.

Add on Kiley Bettin’s two hits and Taylor Elliott’s home run, and the bottom five spots in the Mavericks’ lineup went 9-for-10 with nine runs scored in the fifth and sixth innings.

With one out in the top of the fifth inning and the Jaguars leading 6-5, Paige Anderson lined the ball to right field for a triple before Emily Anderson dropped a single into short center for an RBI.

Thea Anderson then lined a two-strike offering down the left-field line and one-hopped the fence for an RBI double before Bettin hit a hard grounder past first for an RBI single.

Elliott capped the rally with a first-pitch home run to dead center to give the Mavericks a five-run inning.

The crew of Andersons led off the sixth.

Paige Anderson doubled to right once again, before Emily Anderson hit a high pop down the right-field line for a double and an RBI. Thea Anderson then smoked the ball off the top of the fence in center field for an RBI double before Bettin sent a low liner to right center for an RBI double.

Bettin came around to score when Ivy Kokoruda sent a high fly ball down the right-field line for an RBI double, before scoring on a wild pitch for another five-run inning.

“We talked about adjusting to her (Mandy Pytleski’s) pitches, she was kind of throwing the ball at the upper end of the strike zone,” said MCW head coach Darrell Ziegler. “We wanted to work on laying off the pitch and get the ball down a little bit. When we did, we had some nice line-drives.”

The Mavericks jumped out to a first-inning lead on two hits.

Lina Arnold led off the game with a double to right before Hailee Schuett sent an 0-2 offering over the wall in center field for a two-run home run.

The Jaguars grabbed an advantage with a three-run second inning.

Starting pitcher Mandy Pytleski walked, took second on a passed ball and stole third then home when the throw to third sailed into left.

Londyn Bowers was hit by a pitch and stole second, then took third on the errant throw, while Addison Sill walked and Madison Lewis grounded out to score Bowers.

Sill scored when Dez Blekested hit a spinning roller 5 feet from the plate and the toss home was late.

The Mavericks retook the lead on two hits and two errors, leading to three runs in the third, before the Jaguars tied the game with two runs on two hits and two walks in the bottom of the third.

The Jaguars took the lead they would bring into the fifth when Eden Studer singled to short left and scored when Pytleski went with an outside pitch, doubling to right-center for an RBI.

“We hit the ball well today all the way through our lineup,” Ziegler said. “We were not mentally sharp for the first couple of innings, defensively, and they (Jaguars) took advantage of our mistakes and stayed in the game. We just gotta stay focused and do our little things on defense.”

Arnold pitched all seven innings for the Mavericks, allowing six runs on eight hits and six walks, while striking out four.

Pytleski struck out six on her way to allowing 15 runs on 16 hits, two walks and a hit batter.

Addison Smith pitched the final inning for the Jaguars, allowing one walk and no hits.

Martin County West (5-4) travels to Fairmont for a nonconference matchup at 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, while the Jaguars (1-5) go on the road to face St. Clair/Loyola in a Valley Conference bout.

MCW 203 055 0 — 15 16 3

TMG 032 100 0 — 6 8 3

Lina Arnold (WP) and Ivy Kokoruda. Mandy Pytleski (LP), Addison Smith (7) and Ashlyn Cook.

LOB–MCW 8, TMLGHEC 6. 2B–Lina Arnold (MCW), Ivy Kokoruda (MCW), Hailee Schuett (MCW), Paige Anderson (MCW), Emily Anderson (MCW), Thea Anderson (MCW) 2, Kiley Bettin (MCW), Mandy Pytleski (TMLGHEC) 2. 3B–Paige Anderson (MCW). HR–Hailee Schuett (MCW), Taylor Elliott (MCW).

Worthington 7, Fairmont 0 — Augustana University commit Haley Grimmius fired a no-hitter to power the Trojans to a Big South victory over the Cardinals on Thursday in Worthington.

The hard-throwing Grimmius recorded 15 strikeouts, issued one walk and had one Fairmont runner reach base via an error in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.

Cassidy Schultz drew the free pass for the Cardinals, while Allison Janssen reached on a Trojan fielding miscue.

Janssen allowed six runs — only one earned — on six hits, struck out six and did not issue a walk in 4 2/3 innings pitched for Fairmont.

Nevaeh Rahm gave up one unearned run on no hits, struck out two and issued two walks in 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals.

Fairmont (1-7) travels to Windom on Saturday for an 11 a.m. Big South doubleheader, while Worthington (5-2) travels to Waseca on Monday for a 4 p.m. twinbill.

Ella Klunder, Chloe Miller, Gabby Leiding and Brylee Miller each pounded out three hits to power Fairmont to a 20-5 triumph over Worthington during junior varsity action Thursday in Worthington.

Miller smacked a HR, while Leiding delivered a triple.

Ashley Muller, Jayda Healey and Tiffany Lowry each supplied two hits for the Cardinals, while Paige Linse, Misty Geerdes and Cassie King added one hit each.

Brylee Miller struck out eight, walked three and allowed three earned runs on three hits in five innings pitched to earn the win for Fairmont (6-2).


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