Crusader softball opens season at Jordan

Third baseman Jenna Zellmann (11) flips the ball to shortstop Josie Peters for an out during the Crusaders’ April 25 double header at Jordan.

Third baseman Jenna Zellmann (11) flips the ball to shortstop Josie Peters for an out during the Crusaders’ April 25 double header at Jordan.

In its first outing as a team this season, the Mayer Lutheran softball team lost a double header at Jordan on April 25.

The Crusaders quickly fell behind 9-0 after the first inning in game one,  but were able to limit the Jordan offense after that, finishing the game 11-1.

In game two, the Crusaders “played better and cut down on our mistakes,” head coach Dan Young said.

Jordan led 6-3 headed into the sixth inning, then blew the game open with six runs in their half-inning to finish the game 12-3.

Juniors Josie Peters and Krianna Boelke led at the plate for Mayer Lutheran. Peters was one for three on the day with two walks, while Boelke was one for four with a walk.

Young said the team played well for its first games of the season.

“Since we are very inexperienced we made many mental mistakes,” he said. “For many of our players this was the first time seeing action in a varsity softball game. The mental mistakes we can correct and get better.”

Young said the veteran players, namely Boelke and Peters, helped the team.

“Throughout the game it was our captains that showed great leadership and encouraged the younger, less experienced players to keep working hard,” he said.

The Crusaders start next week on the road for a double header at Watertown-Mayer (May 7). They will host Belle Plaine on May 9 before heading to Cannon Falls on Saturday for a tournament.

 

Contact Melissa Marohl at melissa.marohl@ecm-inc.com

 

 

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