Crusaders fall to Giants, Wolverines

Losses continued for the Mayer Lutheran softball team last week, as the Crusaders dropped double headers to LeSueur-Henderson and Sibley East.

Hosting LeSueur-Henderson on April 30, the Giants led by just one run (4-3) after four innings, but broke the game open in the fifth by scoring 13 runs. The Crusaders would never recover and lost 17-3.

In that game, Josie Peters was 1-2 with a walk and scored twice, while Krianna Boelke was 2-3. Cailey Benkowski, Kalie Winter, and Rachel Zittergruen were all 1-3.

In game two, LeSueur-Henderson scored seven in the first inning and three in the third, en route to a 13-0 shutout victory for the Giants. The Crusaders had just three hits.

At Sibley East on May 2, the Wolverines post seven quick runs in the first inning and went on to win 11-1. Peters scored the sole run for LHS, and was 2-3 at the plate. Boelke went 1-3.

Game two was better for Mayer Lutheran, and the Crusaders and Wolverines were tied 5-5 after four innings of play. But then the offensive rally began for Sibley East, and the Wolverines posted six runs in the fifth, five in the sixth, and six in the seventh for the 22-5 loss for LHS.

Benkowski and Zittergruen were both 2-4 at the plate, while Peters was 1-2 with a walk, and Boelke was 1-4.

Head coach Dan Young said Boelke and Peters continue to lead to the team.

“Josie and Krianna continue to make many spectacular plays in the field and lead the younger, less experienced players on and off the field,” he said.

Young added that the Crusaders still need to grow as “students of the game.”

“We are inexperienced and we need to work hard and cut down on our mental mistakes on the field,” he said.

Mayer Lutheran will host Belle Plaine tonight, May 9, before competing in a Cannon Falls tournament this weekend. Next week, the Crusaders will host Tri-City United and Maranatha Christian before a game at NYA.


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