Wabasso sneaks by Chargers

NEW ULM – It took a late inning rally, but Wabasso was able to come from behind to defeat Minnesota Valley Lutheran 6-5 in a Tomahawk Conference softball game on Monday.

The game looked like it would be a pitcher’s duel early as Kimberly Frank (Wabasso) and Carlie Maasz (MVL) both pitched two scoreless innings to start the game, but the Chargers were able to get on the board in the bottom of the third inning.

Charlotte Pfingsten walked to start the inning and was able to get to third after being caught in a pickle which allowed Jordan Marotz to reach base safely.

Pfingsten and Marotz both scored on a two-RBI double by Mikyla Weilage.

Weilage scored two batters later after a Wabasso error to give MVL a 3-0 lead.

“We really hit the ball well early in the game today,” MVL head coach Dave Biedenbender said.

After a scoreless fourth inning, Wabasso came up to bat hungry for runs.

Maasz hit two batters followed by a MVL error to load the bases. Maasz hit Ellen Franta to give Wabasso its first run of the game.

Senior Kendra Eichten came up two batters later and hit a bases clearing triple to give Wabasso its first lead of the game at 4-3.

“Kendra came up and did what a senior does,” Frank said. “She was really a good role model for the younger players today showing what it means to be a senior leader.”

The Chargers composed themselves in the bottom of the fifth inning and tied the game on another RBI double by Weilage.

Callie Rohlik got the Rabbits started with a single to rightfield in the top of the sixth inning and scored on a double by Alyssa Rothmeier. Rothmeier later scored on a RBI by Becky Franta to put the Rabbits up 6-4.

“We are very mentally confident,” Frank said. “We know if we get down, we have the offense to bring us back.”

In the bottom of the seventh, Marotz tried to get a two out rally going with a double over the centerfielder’s head. Marotz advanced to third and scored on two wild pitches to pull MVL within one run, but Frank got Weilage to ground out to third base to end the game.

Frank was the winning pitcher for the Rabbits. She pitched all seven innings and gave up five runs on four hits, two walks, and eight strikeouts.

Frank also led the Rabbits at the plate going 2-for-4. Eichten was 1-for-4 with three RBI.

Maasz was the losing pitcher for MVL. She pitched all seven innings and gave up six runs on eight hits, three hit batters, and seven strikeouts.

The Chargers were led at the plate by Weilage who went 2-for-4 with three RBI.

“We played a very good team here in Wabasso, and we played a decent game against them,” Biedenbender said. “Just a couple things here and there can make the difference, and we have to make sure we are focused in and closing out those innings.”

Wabasso (4-1) will host Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart for a doubleheader on Thursday, while MVL (2-5) hosts Comfrey/Cedar Mountain for a doubleheader on Thursday.

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