NYM Softball: Lady Eagles upset in 1st round by B-H
By Kevin Cederstrom
The Lady Eagles softball team received the No. 3 seed in the 6A South Sub-Section playoffs, giving them a home game on Tuesday at New York Mills High School.
Missed opportunities led to No. 6 seeded Bertha-Hewitt's upset over third-seeded New York Mills in the sub-section quarterfinals Tuesday. The Eagles left 11 runners on base, including leaving the bases loaded to end the game in a 4-3 loss to the Bears in New York Mills.
Bertha-Hewitt, which finished with four runs on 10 hits, swung the bat well against Eagles pitcher Stephanie Cichy. The Bears scored two runs in the top of the first inning. The Eagles scored one run in the bottom of the first on a single by Kimberly Becker to plate Cichy.
The Eagles tied the game 2-2 in the second inning when Kahilainen scored on a Cichy sacrifice fly.
The game remained tied until the sixth inning when the Bears took advantage of an Eagles error to score two runs and lead 4-2.
Down two runs going into the bottom of the seventh the Eagles mounted a rally.
Senior catcher Kristen Perala reached on an error to lead off the inning. Nicole Nebosis followed with a walk, After a flyout by Becker and RaeAnna Salo hit into a fielder's choice the Eagles were down to their final out with two runners on.
Samantha Welter singled to score Nebosis and get the Eagles within one at 4-3. Kendra McCall reached on an infield single to load the bases and keep the rally alive. But that's where the rally died and season ended for the Eagles who failed to score again.
The Eagles scored three runs on seven hits in the game and committed three errors. They left the bases loaded in both the second and seventh innings.
"We had opportunities in the first two innings," Eagles head coach Bryan Dunrud said. "Typically, we come up with big hits in those situations. We made it pretty easy for them by hitting a lot of fly balls and leaving runners in scoring position."
Senior starting pitcher Stephanie Cichy suffered the loss, giving up four runs on 10 hits in seven innnings. She walked two and struck out six.
Welter and Becker led the Eagles offensively, each getting two hits with a double and RBI.
Mills (13-7) had won seven in a row against B-H, including a doubleheader sweep earlier this year on April 20, 13-3 and 11-1.
Dunrud said this was a very tough loss for the team, given the opportunities and scoring chances throughout the game. He noted it was particularly tough on the four seniors - Kristen Perala, Morgan Kahilainen, Stephanie Cichy, and Kimberly Becker - all of whom have put a lot of hard work into the Eagles softball program.
Playoffs continue May 21
The 6A Sub-Section semifinals will be today (May 21) in Brandon. No. 1 Brandon-Evansville will take on No. 4 Parkers Prairie at 2 p.m. B-H will face No. 2 Verndale at 4 p.m.
The winning teams will play for the 6A South Sub-Section title at 6 p.m. in Brandon.
Both the sub-section champs and runner-ups will play in the 6A Semifinals in Menahga on May 26. The Section 6A Championship will be in Menahga May 28.
The Eagles finished their regular season last Thursday with an 18-6 win at Sebeka. Mills exploded for nine runs in the first inning. They finished the Trojans off with four runs in the fifth and five more in the sixth to win by 10-run rule.
NY Mills finished the season 10-4 in the Park Region Conference (13-7 overall). Verndale (11-3, 16-4) and Otter Tail Central (11-3, 17-3) tied for the PRC Championship.
Thursday, May 14
New York Mills 18, Sebeka 6
R- H- E
NY Mills 9-0-0-0-4-5--18-17- 2
Sebeka 0-0-0-0-4-2-- 6- 9- 2
Eagles-- Steph Cichy 4-4, BB, 4 R, 4 RBI; Kristen Perala 4-5, 3B, 4 R; Nicole Nebosis 3-5, 2 R, 4 RBI; Kim Becker 2-5, 2 R, RBI; RaeAnna Salo 0-2, 3 BB, R; Sam Welter 1-4, BB, RBI; Kendra McCall 1-4, R, RBI; Morgan Kahilainen 1-3, BB, 2 R, RBI; Emaleigh Roberts 1-3, BB, 2 R.
Pitching IP R H SO BB
Cichy 4 2 4 3 1
McCall 2 4 5 2 0
Tuesday, May 19
6A Sub-Section Playoffs
S6 Bertha-Hewitt 4, S3 NY Mills 3
Park Region (FINAL) Conf. All
Otter Tail Central 11-3 18-3
Verndale 11-3 17-4
New York Mills 10-4 13-7
Parkers Prairie 9-5 10-6
Sebeka 5-9 9-12
Bertha-Hewitt 4-10 8-12
Pillager 3-11 8-12
Menahga 3-11 7-14
#8 Cass Lake-Bena 0, #9 Nevis 0
#1 Hawley 0, #8 Cass Lake-Bena 0
#2 Sebeka 4, #7 Lake Park-Audubon 3
#6 Laporte 4, #3 Menahga 2,
#4 Pine River-Backus 9, #5 W-H-A 2
May 21 in Menahga
G1--#1 Hawley vs. #4 PR-B, 2 pm
G2--#2 Sebeka vs. #6 Laporte, 4 pm
North Sub-Section Championship
G3--Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 6 pm
#8 Eagle Valley 8, #9 Hillcrest Acad. 4
#1 Brandon-Evansville 9, #8 E.V. 1
#7 Pillager 13, #10 West Central Area 3
#2 Verndale 5, #7 Pillager 4
#4 Parkers Prairie 9, #5 Ashby 2
May 21 in Brandon
G1--#1 B-E vs. #4 Parkers Prairie, 2 pm
G2--#2 Verndale vs. #6 B-H, 4 pm
South Sub-Section Championship
G3--Winner G1 vs. Winner G2, 6 pm
Tuesday, May 26 in Menahga
South Champ vs. North Runner-Up, 2 pm
North Champ vs. South Runner-Up, 4 pm
Thursday, May 28 in Menahga
Section 6A Championship, 4 pm