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Fairmont softball, baseball teams split doubleheaders with Windom

WINDOM — The Fairmont Cardinals’ softball bats came alive in Game 2 of Saturday’s Big South Conference doubleheader against the Windom Area Eagles.

After experiencing a 10-0, five-inning loss to the Eagles in the opener, the Cardinals erupted for 17 runs in the third inning of Game 2 to eventually exit the ballpark early in five frames. Fairmont combined a dozen hits with three walks and three Windom Area errors to grab the lead for good.

Ava Gillmore doubled, tripled and collected three RBIs to help pace the Cardinals’ offensive outburst, Kaitlyn Scott belted a three-run triple and Allison Janssen hammered two doubles and netted one RBI.

Chantel Moeller doubled and singled to generate two RBIs for Fairmont, Anna Ehlert doubled, singled and knocked home one run, while Ava Terfehr, Nevaeh Rahm and Cassidy Schultz each contributed one hit to the win.

Ehlert allowed five runs on nine hits, struck out three and issued two walks in five frames pitched to earn the complete-game victory for the Cardinals.

Janssen, Rahm and Schultz accounted for Fairmont’s three hits during their Game 1 loss.

Janssen gave up seven runs — only four earned — on six hits, struck out five and walked three in 4-plus innings of work in the opener. Rahm struck out two, walked one and allowed three unearned runs in 2/3s of an inning of hitless relief.

Fairmont (2-8) plays host to Martin County West on Tuesday in a 5:30 p.m. non-league game at Cardinal Park.

Fairmont swept Windom Area in both games of a junior varsity doubleheader on Saturday.

Gabby Leiding fired a one-hit complete-game gem to pace the Cardinals’ 10-0 Game 1 triumph. Leiding struck out eight batters in six innings of work to earn the victory.

Ashley Muller and Brylee Miller each collected two hits for Fairmont, while Ava Terfehr and Leiding contributed one hit apiece.

Abby Sunken generated two hits, including a double, to help power Fairmont to a 15-6 Game 2 win over Windom.

Cassie King, Chloe Miller, Ashley Muller and Leiding each contributed two hits to the winning performance, while Paige Linse, Ella Klunder, Jayda Healey, Tiffany Lowry and Brylee Miller added one hit each.

Brylee Miller allowed two earned runs on seven hits, notched nine strikeouts and issued two walks in seven innings pitched to earn the complete-game triumph.

Fairmont (8-2) hosts Martin County West at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday.

Prep Baseball

The Fairmont Cardinals doubled the score on the Windom Area Eagles in Game 2 after losing a 6-5 decision in eight innings in the opener Saturday in Windom.

Zach Jorgensen went 3-for-4, including a pair of triples, to produce two RBIs for the Cardinals in Game 2, while teammate Gavin Rodning doubled, singled and walked in three official at-bats to collect a game-best four RBIs. Both Rodning and Jorgensen crossed the plate once.

Lincoln Becker went 2-for-4 with a run scored for Fairmont in Game 2, Eli Anderson singled, scored once and drove in one run, while Jack Kosbab tripled and scored two runs.

Jackson Utermarck doubled home a run, Preston Vaughn drilled a double, Nate Soelter singled, walked twice and scored twice, while Brendan Schmidtke walked, had one RBI via a sacrifice fly and scored a run for Fairmont in Game 2.

Vaughn struck out four, walked two and allowed only two hits in four shutout innings of relief to earn the victory for Fairmont.

Jorgensen allowed six runs — only two earned — on three hits, walked four and struck out three in three innings to receive a no-decision.

Fairmont jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead in the first inning before Windom Area hung up two runs in the second and four more in the third for a 6-3 edge. The Cardinals answered with five in the last of the third, scored three times in the fourth and added a solo insurance run in the sixth.

Kosbab went 2-for-5 with a double, one RBI and one run scored in the Cardinals’ extra-inning loss to the Eagles in Game 1.

Anderson and Becker each produced a hit, an RBI and a run scored in the opener, while Utermarck singled and drove home a run. Cooper Steuber added a hit and a run scored.

Jacob Crissinger gave up four runs — three earned — on six hits, struck out three and walked two in 6 innings of work to receive a no-decision for Fairmont.

Soelter worked 1 1/3 innings of relief for the Cardinals, allowing two Eagle runs in the bottom of the eighth to absorb the loss. Soelter allowed two hits.

Fairmont (5-5) is idle until traveling to Marshall on Friday for a 4 p.m. Big South doubleheader against the Tigers at Legion Field.

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