Softball: Z-M secures home sweep
Hosting a pair of Hiawatha Valley League teams on Monday, Zumbrota-Mazeppa had little trouble putting together a home sweep, beating Goodhue 15-1 in five innings, followed by a 6-0 win against Kenyon-Wanamingo.
In the opener against the Wildcats, Carley Henning belted a two-run home run in the first inning. When the game was all said and done, Henning hit for the cycle, going 4-for-4 with three runs and five RBI. Morgan Olson went 3-for-4 with three runs, Hailey Dykes was 2-for-3 with a double, and Tayler Mort scored three times in the Game 1 victory.
“We haven’t seen much for pitching all year, and (Goodhue’s Laurie Pearson) was as good as we’ve seen all year and we hit her pretty hard,” said Cougars’ head coach Kevin Nelson. “We had a good offensive showing and we had a good defensive game with no errors.”
In the pitcher’s circle, Amber Gehrke struck out four and allowed one walk and three hits in the win.
“Amber’s done a nice job when she has been called upon the last three years,” Nelson said.
Goodhue’s lone hit came in the second inning when Pearson and Brittney Ryan hit back-to-back doubles. Ryan finished 2-for-2 at the plate.
“Their middle of the lineup hit us hard. Usually (Z-M’s) 8 and 9 hitters seem to get us,” said Wildcats’ head coach Chris Irvin. “They’re good, and they worked the count against us.”
It took a few innings for the Cougars’ offense to click against K-W in Game 2, but a three-run fifth inning put the team firmly in control.
“We had base-runners in every inning but one. We just couldn’t score the first couple inning when we had base runners on,” Nelson said. “Then in the fifth, we put some things together. It was the third time through the order, so at that point, you want to be able to get going offensively.”
Olson was the catalyst for Z-M Game 2 win. She was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a pair of runs at the dish, and she struck out six and held the Knights to two hits and one walk in the complete-game victory. Mort had another solid game in the batter’s box, going 2-for-3.
“They got one runner to second base. It was pretty much total domination,” Nelson said. “We only faced 25 girls, four over the minimum.”