Jordan 10-run rules Crusader softball

Junior third baseman Lori Zacharias tosses the ball to sophomore first baseman Rachel Zittergruen for an out on April 10. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)

Junior third baseman Lori Zacharias tosses the ball to sophomore first baseman Rachel Zittergruen for an out on April 10. (Patriot staff photo by Melissa Marohl)

The Mayer Lutheran softball team dropped to 0-3 this week, losing a 10-0 game in Jordan on April 15.

The Crusaders lasted through six innings before the 10-run rule kicked in and ended the game. In fact, Mayer Lutheran held Jordan to just a 3-0 lead after four innings of play, according to LHS head coach Kris Gustin.

In the final two innings however, Jordan put up seven runs, starting with a home run by Jordan’s clean up hitter in the fifth.

Sophomore Rachel Zittergruen pitched six innings for the Crusaders and threw well, Gustin said. However, it was the LHS defense that struggled behind her, committing six errors during the game.

“We kind of gave up some easy runs that we shouldn’t have,” he said.

With a few walks and hits from senior Josie Peters, junior Cailey Benkowski, and sophomore Laura Welk, the Crusaders were able to get on the bases, but couldn’t push a player across the plate.

“We had some opportunities, but we just didn’t put them together at the right time,” Gustin said.

In their sparse practice time this week and next, the Crusaders will continue to work on making contact with the ball and defensive fundamentals, learning the different situations and where to throw the ball.

“Softball is a situational game,” Gustin said, “and the situation changes with just about every pitch, and in the field, you’ve got to be thinking constantly ‘what am I going to do?’”

The Crusaders are now 0-3 both overall and in the MRC this season. They will host Belle Plaine tonight at 5 p.m. and travel to Trinity School at River Ridge tomorrow.

Next week, LHS will have three more conference games, at Sibley East on Monday, hosting Tri-City Tuesday, and at LeSueur-Henderson on Thursday.

 

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

 
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