Softball: Eagles third at Fosston tourney; swept by Sebeka
FOSSTON -- The New York Mills softball team (No. 9-1A) played five games in two days Wednesday and Thursday, taking third place, with two victories out of three games, at a tournament in Fosston.
The Eagles drew Class 3A Grand Rapids (6-5) to open play at noon. The Thunderhawks scored four in the third and two in the sixth to down the Eagles 6-2.
EmaLeigh Roberts and Jenna Esala scored for New York Mills. Roberts led NY Mills going 2-4 at the plate.
Autumn Roberts took the loss throwing three innings, giving up four runs, all earned, on seven hits. She fanned two and walked one.
Alexis Rankka finished the game's final four innings. She allowed two earned runs on six hits. She walked a pair.
The Eagle bats were not quiet for the remainder of the tournament.
NY Mills defeated the hosts 10-3, scoring nine of their 10 runs in the first two innings.
The top four in the order got the scoring kicked off. EmaLeigh Roberts, Autumn Roberts, Jenna Esala all reached on singles and stole a base each.
Cleanup hitter Brittany Lee connected on a home run for an early 4-0 lead.
Autumn Roberts, Esala, Lee, Amy Nebosis and Brooklyn Frost all scored in the second to blow the game wide open 9-2 after two innings of play.
Esala would score again in the fourth inning for her third crossing of home plate in the game to put up the Eagles' final run.
Autumn Roberts pitched a complete game of seven innings, scattering 10 hits, allowing four earned runs for the win. She struck out two, walked one.
Lee was 2-3, scoring twice with two RBI.
Esala was 2-3, scoring three times with a pair of stolen bases.
Autumn Roberts was 2-4 with two runs scored, a double and a stolen base.
Frost was 3-4 with a run and a double.
The Eagles needed their bats for a late rally to defeat Wadena-Deer Creek (8-10) in the third place game.
The Wolverines blew out to an 8-0 lead after three innings of play.
The Eagles chipped away at the lead scoring twice in the fourth and three times in the fifth inning to cut the deficit to three at 8-5.
The Wolverines added and insurance run in the sixth to cut into two runs scored in the top half by NY Mills leaving the score 9-7 Wolverines going into the final inning.
The Eagles opened up their half of the seventh with four hits and an error leading to an eight-run clincher in their final at-bats to give Rankka plenty of room to work her half of the last inning for the victory.
Up 15-9, Rankka survived a couple errors and three hits, allowing only a run for the 15-10 final.
Autumn Roberts was 4-5 with four runs scored and four RBI.
Lee was 3-5 with three RBI.
SEBEKA -- The Eagles returned home the following day to face a tough Sebeka team (11-3) in a Park Region Conference doubleheader.
Sebeka swept the Eagles by identical scores of 6-4.
The victory gives the Trojans a strong hold on second place in the conference at 9-2. The Eagles are in third place at 6-4.
Ottertail Central remains the team to beat atop the standings at 10-0.
Two of Sebeka's three losses have come to the Bulldogs. Ottertail Central swept the Eagles, as well, to put themselves in charge of their own destiny as far as a conference title.
The losses bumped the Eagles from the May 8 state poll. The Eagles are receiving votes.
Surprisingly, the Bulldogs are nowhere to be found in the poll even with a record of 10-1.
Both games between NY Mills and Sebeka were decided in the sixth inning. The Trojans scored two in the sixth in each game to seal the victories.
Unearned runs victimized the Eagles, as only five of the dozen Sebeka runs were earned.
Autumn Roberts and Rankka were both beaten in their pitching performances. Roberts' loss drops her overall record to 7-3. Rankka is 1-2 on the year.
The Eagles will wind up the regular season with a five-game road trip to Verndale, Wadena and Pillager.