Softball: Wingers string together no-hitter against Tigers
The first inning was looking rough for Red Wing on Friday. Despite not giving up a hit in the bottom of the first, the Wingers found themselves trailing Lake City 2-1. Making things even tougher, starting pitcher Emily Boxrud left the game after the first due to illness, vaulting Hannah Walch into the pitcher’s circle.
“We wanted to get Hannah some innings, and with our schedule, we wanted to give her an opportunity (on Friday). It was just earlier than we were hoping for,” said Red Wing head coach Jon Bohmbach. “She didn’t get a lot of warmup.
Walch played outstanding on short notice, holding the home Tigers to zero hits as the Wingers’ pitchers held Lake City hitless on the way to a 13-2 six-inning victory. Walch finished with three strikeouts while allowing three walks in five innings of work.
“I was real proud of how she did tonight,” Bohmbach said of Walch. “I thought our defense played really well behind her.”
Bohmbach added, “We’ve focused on tightening up our defense, and because of that, it has become the strength of our team. They’re taking pride in taking care of the ball and getting outs. We’re under control and making great defensive plays.”
With the pitchers and defense keeping Lake City at bay, the bottom of Red Wing’s lineup provided the spark for the offense. Mary Bender went 2-for-3 with two RBI and a pair of runs. Maria Furlong reached base four times, going 1-for-1 with a double, two runs and an RBI. Kelsey Reding drew four walks and scored twice.
Sophomore Molly Goranson also gave the Wingers a lift, going 2-for-4 with a run and an RBI.
Madison Marien was charged with the loss for the Tigers.
Red Wing (4-3) plays in its first home game since April 9 on Saturday against Blake, while Lake City travels to Pine Island on Monday.