By Adam Gruenewald
Central softball won the lone game on the schedule this past week, defeating Tri-City United on the road on Tuesday, 12-4.
The Raiders scored a run in the first inning and six runs in the third inning to break the game open, according to head coach Jon Lambrecht as 14 players got into the game.
“I’ve been putting out different lineups every game and looking at different athletes in different positions,” said Lambrecht. “This gives me more information and gives more girls opportunities and I love that.”
In the third, Frankie Mackenthun reached on a walk, Lily Schneider followed with a RBI triple and the hit parade continued with singles by Madison Johnson and Abby Mackenthun. Sam Miller walked and later scored and Anna Mackenthun also reached on an error, stole a base and scored a run.
Sadie Erickson started for Central, going five innings and giving up two runs on two hits and a walk while striking out three. Auna Hallquist threw two innings in relief, giving up one earned run.
“To give up two hits over five innings is pretty cool,” said Lambrecht of Erickson. “She was doing well and the defense was playing well again… Sadie is a very, very good second pitcher and in some ways she has different strengths and weakness than Auna has.”
Abby Mackenthun went 3-for-4 with a run scored and two RBIs and Madison Johnson went 2-for-4 with two runs scored, a RBI and a stolen base.
“Our offense woke up a little bit,” said Lambrecht. “Abby Mackenthun had a really good day. She had a couple of clutch hits at really good times which is nice. Two outs and runners in scoring position she gets a hit, that type of thing.”
Also, Lily Schneider continued to shine in the leadoff position, going 1-for-2 with a triple and three walks.
“She may not be your textbook leadoff hitter as far as speed,” said Lambrecht. “But she’s smart. She’s good at getting on base and getting deep into counts.”
The Raiders (2-1, 2-0) next host LeSueur-Henderson on Tuesday, April 18, travel to Jordan on Thursday, April 20, Southwest Christian on Friday, April 21, and will play three games at a Zumbrota-Mazeppa Invite w/ Becker on Saturday, April 22.
They then host Howard Lake-Waverly-Winsted on April 25 and Tri-City United on April 27, before traveling to Sibley East on May 2.
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