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Lady Spartans sweep Anoka-Ramsey

April 21, 2014

The Minnesota State Community and Technical College Lady Spartan softball team improved its overall record to 11-9 with a Monday home sweep of the Golden Rams from Anoka Ramsey Community and Technical College. The Lady Spartans won game one 9-6 and took the nightcap 12-4 in five innings.

"Game one was a little sloppy defensively, and we had some very poor at bats but we still managed to get a win," said Steve King, head coach of the Lady Spartans. "They are a well-coached team that can hit the ball very well and battled to the final out. In game two we were much better. We tightened things up defensively and really had some quality at bats and hit well. We also bunted the ball very well and put some pressure on them. They made some mistakes, and we took advantage."

In game one the Lady Spartans took a quick 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first. With one out, Logan Redetzke walked and moved to third on a two-out single by Maria Johnson. Redetzke scored on an errant throw to third base. Danielle Pratt singled to score Johnson. Tanis Lura came through with a clutch two-out single to score Pratt and the 3-0 lead.

The Rams got one run in the top of the fourth to make the game 3-1, but the Lady Spartans' three runs in the bottom of the fourth on an error, three walks and a bases-loaded, two-run single by Johnson made the score 6-1. Anoka Ramsey never quit and scored three runs in the top of the fifth to cut the lead to 6-4. The Lady Spartans gave themselves some breathing room with a four-run bottom of the sixth. Kayla Norman led off with a single, stole second and scored on a Teresa Moenkedick single. Redetzke singled Moenkedick to third and stole second. Both runners scored on a Gabby Stocks double. Stocks scored on a Pratt single to up the lead to 10-4.

The Rams scored two in the top of the seventh to make the score 10-6. Brett Brockpahler pitched a complete game and gave up three earned runs.

In game two the Lady Spartans scored two runs in the bottom of the first when Moenkedick doubled and scored on another two-out single by Johnson. Johnson advanced to second on the play and scored on a Pratt single. Redetzke opened the bottom of the second with a single and scored with the aid of a couple of Rams mistakes to give the Lady Spartans a 3-0 lead.

The Rams tied the score at 3-3 with three runs in the top of the third with some hard hit balls. In the bottom of the third, the Lady Spartans really started to execute and drive the ball. Johnson singled and scored on a triple by Pratt. Redetzke singled Pratt home, and Brockpahler singled. With runners on first and third, Donna Ehnert hit the ball hard, and the Rams didn't field it, scoring Redetzke. Moenkedick drilled a singled off the third baseman to score Brockpahler and take a 7-4 lead.

The game was 8-4 in the bottom of the fifth, and the Lady Spartans finished it in quick fashion. Ehnert was hit by a pitch and Moenkedick and Norman followed with bunt singles, with Norman picking up an RBI on hers. That was followed by a two-run triple by Stocks that scored Moenkedick and Norman. With Stocks on third base and nobody out, Johnson blasted a ball to the left center field gap to score Stocks, and the eight-run rule was in effect with the Lady Spartans winning 12-4.

Brockpahler again pitched very well, earning her second win of the day.

The Lady Spartans are now 11-9 overall and 4-6 in Southern Division play. They host Ridgewater Community and Technical College at 3 p.m. Tuesday in a key divisional match-up on the Spartan field.


Lady Spartan softball competes in weekend tournament

March 28-29, 2014

The M State Lady Spartan softball team had a five-game weekend as they traveled to compete in the Minnesota College Athletic Conference crossover tournament at the Irish Dome in Rosemount.

Game 1: M State 9 - Hibbing 1

The Lady Spartans opened the tournament with a five-inning, 9-1 win over Hibbing Community College. Brett Brockpahler was the winning pitcher and again did not allow an earned run. Brett opened the season with two shutouts last weekend, and this game was no different as she pitched very well to put her record at 3-0. She also stretched her scoreless streak to 17 innings.

Offensively, the Lady Spartans were led by sophomore Tanis Lura with two hits and two RBI. Brockpahler was also two-for-two and scored three runs to help her cause. The win pushed the Lady Spartans' record to 4-0.

Game 2: Rainy River 8 - M State 1

In the second game of the day, the Lady Spartans took on a very good Rainy River team that the Spartans had beat 10-9 on a late-game rally last week. It was not going to happen again as the Lady Spartans were shut down offensively, scoring their only run in the top of the first. Brockpahler started the game for the Lady Spartans and extended her zero earned run streak to 19 innings before being touched for five runs in the third. The loss was the first of the year for the Lady Spartans.

Game 3: Minnesota West 10 - M State 2

The Lady Spartans showed their inexperience against a very good Minnesota West Community and Technical College team that implements the small ball game with bunts and slap hitting. Teresa Moenkedick started the game but was the victim of shaky defense behind her as she took the loss.

The Lady Spartans scored three times in the second on RBI singles by Brockpahler and freshman Logan Redetzke. The Lady Jays answered right back with three runs in the bottom of the second and added seven runs in the bottom of the fourth to break the game open. The Lady Spartans fell apart defensively and did not give Moenkedick a chance to work out of the inning. Offensively, the bats went quiet for the remainder of the game. This dropped the team's season record to 4-2.

Game 4: M State 12 - Vermillion 3

The Lady Spartans had to wait all day Saturday to play again, but the wait proved to be worthwhile as they came out and beat Vermillion Community College 12-3 in five innings. Brockpahler was the winning pitcher as she went all five innings, allowing three first-inning runs but settling down after that and pitching four scoreless innings to get her fourth win of the season.

Offensively for the Lady Spartans, sophomore Maria Johnson and freshman Danielle Pratt both had three runs batted in. Freshman Gabby Stocks had a great game, getting three hits and two runs batted in. Freshman Kat Kinney also had a big two-run single to help the Lady Spartans to the win, putting their record at 5-2.

Game 5: Northland 9 - M State 7

The most exciting game was the last game of the weekend as the Lady Spartans took on the Pioneers from Northland Community and Technical College. The Lady Spartans beat the Pioneers last week but, with more practice time under their belts, the Pioneers were a much-improved team.

The Pioneers came out swinging against Brockpahler and scored two runs in the second and three more in the third to take a 5-0 lead. The Lady Spartans battled all the way back in the top of the fifth to tie the score. Freshman Donna Ehnert led off the inning with a single. Redetzke reached on an error. Then Brockpahler, Moenkedick, Kinney and Stocks all followed with RBI singles to make the score 5-5. Stocks scored on a fielder's choice to give the Lady Spartans a 6-5 lead.

The lead was short-lived, though, as the Pioneers tied the game at six in the bottom of the fifth. The Lady Spartans failed to score in the top of the sixth, but the Pioneers took advantage of three missed defensive opportunities by the Lady Spartans and scored three times to take a 9-6 lead. Kinney led off the Lady Spartan top of the seventh with towering solo home run to center field to cut the Pioneer lead to 9-7. Johnson and Pratt singled to put the tying run on base, but the Lady Spartans could not get another hit and the game ended in a 9-7 loss.

The Lady Spartans' season record is now 5-3. They will begin Southern Division games as soon as the weather permits.


Lady Spartan softball opens with three wins

March 21, 2014

The M State Lady Spartan softball opened the season at the Irish Dome in Rosemount and came away with three wins. The Lady Spartans beat Northland Community and Technical College 8-0 in five innings, then came from behind to beat Rainy River Community College 10-9 and finished the day with a 4-0 win over Itasca Community College.

"It's still early and only three games, but I am very happy for the team," said head coach Steve King. "For the first time on a field, we did very well. It all starts with pitching and defense, and we did a pretty good job at both today. Combine that with some timely hits, and that lead to the 3-0 record. I was very impressed with the way we competed and were not intimidated by some good teams."

Game 1 - M State 8 vs Northland 0

In game one, an 8-0 five-inning victory, the Lady Spartans faced the Pioneers from Northland Community and Technical College in Thief River Falls. Freshman pitcher Brett Brockpahler from Sebeka set the tone for the day, as she was very sharp in her Lady Spartan debut. Brockpahler pitched a five-inning shutout, facing only 18 batters and allowing only three hits in the victory. Freshman Danielle Pratt from Clarissa was three for three and had three RBI in the win.

Game 2 - M State 10 vs Rainy River 9

In game two, the Lady Spartans faced the Voyageurs from Rainy River Community College in International Falls. This is a very good and well-coached team, and it was battle to the final at-bat. The Lady Spartans took an early 3-0 lead in the first when Fergus Falls freshman Kayla Norman put down a perfect bunt for a base hit. Kat Kinney, a freshman from Detroit Lakes, followed with another well-executed bunt for a hit. After an out and with runners on second and third, Pelican Rapids sophomore Maria Johnson hit a two-run single. Pratt and Hawley sophomore Tanis Lura singled to load the bases. Johnson scored on a single by Donna Ehnert, a freshman from Sebeka, for the 3-0 lead.

Teresa Moenkedick, a freshman from Verndale, pitched for the Lady Spartans in game two and retired the Voyageurs in the first but ran into trouble in the top of the second. With the Lady Spartans leading 3-0, the defense let down Moenkedick with two crucial errors, and the Voyageurs added a grand slam to take a 7-3 lead.

Moenkedick pitched a scoreless third and fourth and the score remained 7-3 going into the bottom of the fourth. Norman showed her speed as she circled the bases on a triple to left field and scored on a Voyageur error to make the score 7-4. Moenkedick battled and pitched a scoreless fifth but did allow two runs in the sixth for the Voyageurs' 9-4 lead. Back came the Lady Spartans with a big inning of their own. Moenkedick was hit by a pitch, Kinney reached on an error, Fergus Falls freshman Gabby Stocks reached on a fielder's choice to score Kinney, Johnson singled in Norman and Pratt singled in Stocks. Ehnert singled and Johnson scored, and suddenly it was a 9-8 game.

Moenkedick retired the Voyageurs in order in the top of the seventh, which was important to get the Lady Spartans' hot bats back in and swinging. Moenkedick helped her own cause and opened the inning with a single. With one out, Kinney singled, Stocks singled to score Moenkedick and tie the game at nine, and Maria Johnson completed the comeback with a shot to right field to plate Kinney and score the winning run. The Lady Spartans defeated a very good Rainy River team 10-9.

Game 3 - M State 4 vs Itasca Community College 0

Brockpahler again pitched a complete-game shutout as she went seven innings and allowed seven hits for the 4-0 Lady Spartan victory. The Lady Spartans got off to a quick 2-0 lead in the top of the first when Norman and Kinney reached and were doubled home by Johnson. That score would stand until the top of the sixth when Moenkedick led off the inning with a sharp single to center that scooted under the center fielder's glove and all the way to the fence. Moenkedick can run, and she scored all the way on the single and three-base error to give the Lady Spartans a 3-0 lead. The Lady Spartans added a run in the top of the seventh, and Brochpahler shut the Vikings down in the bottom of the seventh for the 4-0 Lady Spartan victory.

For the day, Brockpahler was very impressive throwing for the Lady Spartans. She won two games, pitched 12 innings and allowed zero runs, striking out 11 and allowing only 10 hits while not walking a batter. Moenkedick did not have as impressive of a pitching line, but she held a very good Rainy River team in check after the second inning to give the Lady Spartans a chance to come back and win.

Leading the Lady Spartans offensively was Maria Johnson with seven hits and six runs batted in. Pratt had six hits and four RBI, and Kinney scored six runs in the three games.

The Lady Spartans will travel back to the Irish Dome for two games Friday and two more Saturday. After that, Southern Division contests will begin as the weather permits.

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