MARSHALL - Defense did in the Marshall Tigers.
Two second-inning errors and a wild pitch handed Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta an unearned run and a seventh-inning miscue helped to load the bases before Abby Daly's bloop-single eliminated Marshall 2-1 in a consolation game of the Class 2A Softball Section 3 Tournament on Saturday at the Marshall Softball Complex.
Marshall, which entered Saturday as the No. 1 seed in the North Division, was routed by two-time defending Class 2A state champion and No. 2 South Division seed New Ulm 13-0 in five innings. That loss sent the Tigers to the consolation brackets.
Photo by Jeff Arenz
Marshall’s Sadie Zahrbock swings at a pitch aganst Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta during the Class 2A Softball Section 3 Tournament on Saturday at the Marshall Softball Complex. The Tigers were eliminated on a walk-off bloop single in the seventh inning.
"We struggled on defense, again, and you just can't give other teams extra outs, especially not here at the end of the tournament," MHS head coach Jack Houseman said.
Marshall was held without a run for 10 straight innings Saturday before Emily Mortier's RBI single drove home Sadie Zahrbrock in the sixth to force a 1-all tie.
"We were able to fight through it and we kept going," Houseman said. "We just continued to hit the ball right at people. Joci (Wenker) hit a ball really hard up the middle that went off the pitcher's glove and right to the second baseman and Sadie hit another ball hard, but right at the second baseman. That's the game of fastpitch softball."
MHS threatened to take a seventh-inning lead by placing runners at second at third with one out, but MA/C-A pitcher Kayla Pring forced Miranda Fischer to hit an infield popup and retired Zahrbrock on an infield grounder.
MA/C-A had taken a 1-0 lead in the second, when Nicole Strobel and Chelsey Ehleringer stood at the corners after a pair of consecutive fielding errors allowed them to reach. A walk to Brooke Gillespie loaded the bases and, after a strikeout, Strobel came home on a wild pitch.
Fischer, the MHS pitcher, was able to work out of early trouble in the first. With one out and runners on second and third, she retired Daly on a groundout and struck out Carlie Zimmel to end the MA/C-A threat.
Strobel was left stranded at second after hitting a two-out double in the third, when Fischer forced Ehleringer to hit an infield popup.
The only other baserunner for MA/C-A until the seventh inning was Daly, who walked with two outs in the fifth. Fischer allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits with six walks and five strikeouts in 6? innings of work.
Pring did not allow a Marshall baserunner to reach third for the first five innings. MHS had one baserunner in each of its first three innings, two of which got on via errors and the other was a second-inning walk issued to Madison Radel.
Fischer used a one-out sacrifice bunt to push Graff to second in the third, but Zarhbok tapped the ball back to Pring for the final out.
Julia Marshall made it to second with two outs in the fourth on a fielder's choice and an error, but Pring struck out Radel to end that MHS threat.
In the fifth, Graff singled with two outs before being stranded as Fischer grounded out.
New Ulm 13, Marshall 0 (5 inn.)
New Ulm rolled over Marshall in a quick five-inning game, sending the Tigers to the consolation bracket.
The Eagles scored two runs in the top of the first inning, the big ones coming off the bat of Brittany Denn, who homered.
Tori Botten pitched three no-hit innings for the win. Fischer took the loss for Marshall, allowing all 13 runs in five innings.
New Ulm had six hits and Marshall committed six errors in the contest.
The Eagles scored two more runs in the third inning, then put the game away for good in the fourth with eight runs. Denn had two more RBI in the inning with a two-run single and Katie Forst provided a three-run double.
The Eagles added another run in the fifth inning.
Denn finished the game with three hits, three runs scored and four RBIs and every single player in the starting lineup scored for New Ulm.
Zahrbock broke up the no-hitter in the fourth inning of New Ulm's Hannah Backer. Julia Marshall had a leadoff single in the fifth for the other MHS hit.
NEW ULM 13, MARSHALL 0 (5 INNINGS)
HITTING: New Ulm (Abby Kamm 0-for-3, walk, run; Rachel Strandmark 0-for-3, walk, run; Ellie Schneider 0-for-2, two walks, Brittany Denn, 3-for-4, two singles, home run, stolen base, three runs, four RBI; Kali Denn 0-for-4, stolen base, run; Tori Botten 0-for-4, run; Hannah Becker 1-for-4, run; Katie Forst 1-for-3, run, three RBI; Briana Sieve 1-for-3, run) Marshall (Callie Graff 0-for-3; Miranda Fischer 0-for-1, walk; Sadie Zahrbock 1-for-2, single; Emily Mortier 0-for-2, Ashley Stattelman 0-for-2; Julia Marshall 1-for-1, single, walk; Madison Radel 0-for-2; Ashley Bernardy 0-for-1, walk; Jocelyn Wenker 0-for-2).
PITCHING: New Ulm (Tori Botten 3-0-0-0-1-6; Hannah Backer 2-2-0-0-2-1); Marshall (Miranda Fischer 5-6-13-3-4-3).
MORRIS AREA/CHOKIO-ALBERTA 2, MARSHALL 1
HITTING: Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (Becca Holland 0-for-3, walk; Sam Heinrichs 0-for-0, run; Brooke Johnson 1-for-4, single; Lauren Reimers); Marshall (Callie Graff 1-for-3, single; Miranda Fischer 0-for-3, sacrifice bunt; Sadie Zahrbrock 1-for-4, single, stolen base; Emily Mortier 1-for-3, single, RBI; Ashley Stattelman 1-for-3, single; Julia Marshall 0-for-3; Madison Radel 0-for-1; Tori Arzdorff 0-for-1; Ashley Bernardy 1-for-3, single; Jocelyn Wenker 0-for-3).
PITCHING: Morris Area/Chokio-Alberta (Kayla Pring 7-4-1-1-0-3); Marshall (Miranda Fischer 6?-2-2-1-5-5).