AC-T takes tourney title
Storm Lake St. Mary's won two of three games played in the Coon Rapids-Bayard Tournament on Saturday in Coon Rapids.
The Panthers beat Nodaway Valley 7-2 and Manning 4-3, but lost to Rockwell City-Lytton 3-2.
St. Mary's had 10 hits against Nodaway Valley. Angie Laven delivered a bases-loaded double to drive in three runs and break a 2-2 tie in the fourth inning.
Maddie Rust, Matty Richardson and Michelle Drey all had two hits apiece. They each had one RBI. Kassie Drey added an RBI single.
Rust was the winning pitcher, allowing five hits and two earned runs in going the distance.
Beth Hansen had the big hit against Manning, delivering a two-run single in the bottom of the fifth inning. Peggy Ploeger had two hits and drove in a run.
Laven was the winning pitcher. She allowed three hits, one earned run, walked none and struck out five over five innings.
St. Mary's had nine hits against Rockwell City-Lytton. Michelle Drey collected three singles, while Ploeger, Richardson and Kassie Drey all had two apiece.
Rust suffered the loss. She allowed six hits and two earned runs while walking one and striking out six.
"I thought our pitching performances were outstanding," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "Angie Laven really helped us out with her best outing in two seasons against Manning. Maddie Rust had excellent control and fielded her position well."
"Our defense is coming and remains our last hurdle going into tournaments," Skamser added. "I think our players are very focused on that."
Lori Hogrefe scored the game-winning run on a wild pitch in the bottom of the ninth inning as Albert City-Truesdale upset Forest City 3-2 in the championship game of the Armstrong-Ringsted Tournament on Saturday.
Forest City was ranked fifth in Class 2A with a 31-3 record.
AC-T, now 23-6 overall, totaled 12 hits in the game, but left 13 runners on base. Alicia Erlandson belted a two-run double in the first inning.
Erlandson collected three hits, while Hogrefe, April Schuknecht and Karmen Loving all had two hits apiece. Rachel Degner was the winning pitcher in relief. She allowed three hits, no earned runs, walked three and struck out four in five innings. Krista Peterson pitched the first four innings, giving up one earned run on three hits.
AC-T knocked off MMC 5-3 in the semifinals. Degner delivered a two-run single and Hogrefe added a pair of hits. Degner was the winning pitcher. She allowed five hits and one earned run while walking two and striking out three.
The Hurricanes defeated Armstrong-Ringsted 5-1 in the first round. Degner clubbed a solo home run and also belted a triple in going 2-for-2. Loving added an RBI single and Shayla Degner had a double.
Rachel Degner allowed just two hits, no earned runs, walked two and struck out five over seven innings to get the win.
"We really played well in this tournament," AC-T coach Kim Johnson said. "We defeated two 2A teams and both had very good pitchers - probably the best and fastest we've faced all year. I was very impressed with our hitting and our defense was also solid."
Sac City 9, SL St. Mary's 3
Sac City jumped out to a 6-1 lead after two innings and went on to hand Storm Lake St. Mary's a setback in Northwest Conference play last Friday night.
Sac City scored three runs in each of the first two innings. The Indians added two more in the fifth to make it 9-1.
St. Mary's had seven hits in the game. Maddie Rust collected three singles. Beth Hansen delivered a two-run double, and Angie Laven had a double and a single and drove in a run.
Rust was the losing pitcher, allowing 10 hits and five earned runs. The Panthers made five errors in the field behind Rust.
"We played poorly on defense," St. Mary's coach Phil Skamser said. "We are hoping the defense improves as we move some position players to different spots."