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Softball: South St. Paul takes it on the chin at North
Packers rebound against Titans in doubleheader action
North 22 - South St. Paul 3
In makeup Classic Suburban Conference softball action Wednesday, May 14 at McKnight Fields, the North High power-hitters dismantled the Packers by a score of 22-3 in a five-inning game.
“We started out OK,” said South St. Paul head coach Paul Moen, “but then we never have fared well against North. That 13-run inning really hurt us.”
“We got everyone in the game, and nearly everyone hit the ball for us,” stated North coach Cliff Charpentier.
The Packers picked up a pair of runs in the second inning on three walks and an infield out and Rebecca Dippel and Elise Barnes scored.
In the top of the third inning Barnes cracked a 221-foot home run over the centerfield fence for all the runs the Packers would muster.
Leading the 22-hit parade for North - South St. Paul also had six errors - was Lily Langevin, who went four-for-four and scored four times while picking up three RBI.
Erin Jungmann also went four-for-four at the plate, had a grand slam home run and picked up six RBI while winning her sixth game on the mound. The game ended early due to the “10-run” rule.
South St. Paul 10 - Tartan 9
In a rare doubleheader softball match - made necessary because of the lingering cold, wet weather this spring - the Packers took on Tartan in a second game following the trouncing by the Polars.
“We did a good job of coming back. After the loss to North, our girls showed they were able to hang in tough. We gave them too many runs, but that’s us and the year we are having,” said South St. Paul coach Paul Moen, referring to the three errors his team committed.
“It was just a tough loss for us,” explained Tartan coach Brian Larson. “That’s the kind of game that could get me fired! We kind of gave them the game, but at least Allie Hazzard broke out of slump. That was a plus for us.”
Hazzard, a junior catcher for the Titans, went four-for-four at the plate with a single, a double and three-run 225-foot home run in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Hazzard started the Tartan scoring with a two-out single in the top of the first. She advanced to second on an outfield error and came home on a single by Tara Bighley.
The Packers tied it in the bottom of the first on a leadoff double by Elise Barnes followed by a single off the bat of Alyssa Gilbert.
In the second Tartan scored a pair of runs on doubles by Carlee Palmer and Gina Vannelli, a walk to Keedy Tonn and a single by Molly Wagner.
In the third Hazzard knocked a round-tripper over the centerfield fence to push the Tartan’s lead to 4-1.
In the top of the fifth Tartan put three more runs on the board. Singles by Kristina Lodahl and Kailee Stiff were followed by Hazzard’s second homer.
This pushed the Tartan advantage to 7-1.
The Packers began their comeback in the bottom of the fourth. Kristyn Waldhauser and Miranda Tapp banged singles. Barnes singled to load the bases in front of a two-RBI single by Gilbert. Alexis Swanson then singled and the Packers trailed 7-5.
Tartan picked up a run in its half of the fifth when Alyssa Schmidt scored and another in the top of the sixth by Kailee Stiff.
South St. Paul’s Barnes singled and Madisen DeSmith knocked her in to bring the score to 9-6 in the sixth.
Then came the Packers’ big rally in the bottom of the seventh. Sydney King was safe on an error and Waldhauser walked. Tapp singled to right, and Sydne Carroll picked up a hard RBI when she was hit by a pitch. Barnes then singled and two more runs scored to knot the count at 9-9.
Gilbert then brought the winning run home on a hard hit ball that allowed Carroll to cross the plate for the 10-9 final score.
Wally Wakefield can be reached at email@example.com.