Prairie Softball: Flawless defense guides Upsala

Upsala junior pitcher Mariah Prokott snaps a pitch to the plate during Monday’s home game versus Browerville. Prokott had a pair of hits on the afternoon, but Browerville pulled away late in a 10-3 win.

Upsala junior pitcher Mariah Prokott snaps a pitch to the plate during Monday’s home game versus Browerville. Prokott had a pair of hits on the afternoon, but Browerville pulled away late in a 10-3 win.

It’s much easier said than done.

But odds are, when a team doesn’t commit an error in the field, it is going to come out on top.

That was the case for Upsala, May 2, as it did all of its damage in a three-run third inning to edge host Royalton 3-2.

Junior pitcher Kristin Wuebkers struck out two in the complete-game win, with the Cardinals’ defense converting the remaining 19 outs without a single error.

“Defensively the girls  played  really  well,” Upsala head coach Mark Herbes said. “We  made  the  tough  plays  when  we  had  to.”

Wuebkers helped her own cause with a 3-for-4 effort at the plate, with junior Mariah Prokott adding two hits.

Senior Jacquline Nichols went 2-for-3 with a run scored and sophomore Nicole Popp doubled and drove in one for Royalton, with senior Brandi Smekofske knocking in the team’s other run.

 

Upsala trips up Swanville, falls to Pillager, Browerville

Wuebkers found a variety of ways to get on base and ultimately score four runs to spark a 12-2 win in five innings for Upsala at Swanville, Tuesday.

Wuebkers singled, drew a pair of walks and was hit by a pitch, coming around to score every time, while also registering the win pitching.

Senior Barb Kobylinski added a pair of hits, as the Cardinals gained early control with four runs in the top of the first inning and five more in the fourth.

Sophomore Ellie Koetter doubled for Swanville, with seniors Jackie Panek and Ashley Maciej, junior Simone Grittner, sophomore Haileigh Sales and freshmen Madison Beseman and Cheyenne Graves each contributing a hit.

The Cardinals also fell 10-3 at home versus Browerville, Monday and 10-5 at Pillager, May 1.

Senior Katie Ripplinger and Prokott each had a pair of hits against Browerville, with senior Kaelin Smieja and Ripplinger smacking three apiece against Pillager.

 

Sales nabs another two hits

Upsala senior Katie Ripplinger, left, beats out a throw to Browerville sophomore first baseman Paige Callahan during Monday’s home game. Ripplinger had two hits in the 10-3 defeat and three hits at Pillager, May 1.

Upsala senior Katie Ripplinger, left, beats out a throw to Browerville sophomore first baseman Paige Callahan during Monday’s home game. Ripplinger had two hits in the 10-3 defeat and three hits at Pillager, May 1.

Sales hit a triple and single for Swanville in an 11-1 defeat in five innings at Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Tuesday.

Panek and Maciej each added a hit.

 

Royalton handles LPGE, 

drops three close games

Royalton took care of host Long Prairie-Grey Eagle 9-4 in Prairie Conference action, Tuesday, overcoming a 2-0 deficit after three innings with three runs apiece in the fourth and fifth.

Freshman Jordyn Bzdok reached base three times, scored three runs and knocked in a pair and sophomore Liz Czech, senior Katelyn Kasella and Nichols all went 2-for-4 with an RBI.

Eli earned the complete-game victory pitching.

West Central Area pulled off a seventh inning rally to take the opening game of a doubleheader at Royalton 8-6, May 1, then squeaked by with a 6-5 victory in the finale to secure a sweep.

Smekofske went 2-for-3 with an RBI, sophomore Beth Cimenski doubled and drove in a run, sophomore Kayla Eli tripled and Kasella scored twice for the Royals in the first game.

Nichols went 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs in the second game.

The Royals couldn’t quite recover after host Holdingford tallied three runs in both the first and third innings, Monday, falling 7-5.

Nichols and Eli each went 3-for-4 with an RBI, with two of Nichols’ hits going for doubles, while sophomore Payton Johnson went 2-for-3 and also drove one.

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