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Softball: Wingers drop regular season finale

Meg Grove drove in the Wingers only run of the game in the sixth inning. Red Wing lost to Austin on Friday, 8-1. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia1 / 2
Marissa Kelly of Red Wing readies to throw into the infield in an 8-1 loss to Austin on Friday. Kelly is the team's only senior. Jake Pfeifer / RiverTown Multimedia2 / 2

Red Wing hosted Austin on Friday for the last regular season game before section playoffs. The final tuneup did not treat the injury-plagued Wingers well as they lost, 8-1.

Austin got off to a quick start scoring three runs in the first two innings before putting together a four-run inning in the third.

The Wingers were able to get runners on base on five occasions but could not find a way to string together hits at the right time to produce runs. Red Wing finally scratched across a run in the sixth inning when Dani Deming stole second base, advanced to third on a throwing error and Meg Grove brought her home in the next at bat.

Hannah Huppert had two hits for Red Wing, while Skyla Reed struck out one batter in seven innings.

“Being banged up today, we fought hard,” Red Wing head softball coach Jon Bohmbach said. “We gave them some runs in the first two innings and played hard and didn’t fold.”

Continuing to play hard and together is something that has resonated with this Winger softball team as it has had to endure a variety of injuries this season from shoulder and ankle injuries to heat stroke. It’s also something the Wingers hope will bring some success once the Section 1AAA playoffs begin next week.

“I’m really proud of the team, we played together and as a family,” Red Wing’s lone senior Marissa Kelly said. “We’re a hard working team and I think we should be able to do really well if we stick together.”

Bohmbach sees plenty of reasons why this team could string together a couple of wins in the section playoffs.

He said the outfield has greatly improved over the year on not only tracking balls but having an urgency on getting the ball in quickly. The infield has also worked on urgency of keeping balls in front of them and not allowing extra base hits.

“We can do things that they haven’t done for a long time,” Bohmbach said. “Winning a couple of section games would be huge for us. There’s opportunities there.”

Red Wing finishes the regular season with a record of 4-14 (2-13 Big Nine). The Wingers will head to Austin for the first round of the Section 1AAA playoffs on Tuesday. Seeding will be announced this weekend.

Thursday

Red Wing splits with Mayo

Every time Red Wing scored it seemed like Rochester Mayo had an answer, but the Wingers were able to stay one run ahead each time, closing out the Spartans, 4-3, on Thursday in the first game of a doubleheader.

The winning run came in the top of the seventh inning when Marissa Kelly scored on a fielder’s choice.

The Spartans nearly made a comeback with a two-out single and a run scoring double, but Justine Swenning was able to induce a groundout to end the game.

Meg Grove and Skyla Reed paced the Wingers with two hits each. One of which was a double for Reed.

Swenning pitched all seven innings to earn the win. She struck out eight, walked one and gave up seven hits.

In the nightcap, hits were up for both teams but only Mayo responded with more runs.

Red Wing combined for eight hits, one more than in the first game, but only pushed across one run in an 11-1 loss.

The Wingers’ lone run came on a Reed double that brought home Jenna Jablonski in the second inning. Reed started the game for Red Wing and made it five innings before giving way to Swenning. Reed struck out two, walked four and gave up seven earned runs on 17 hits.

Red Wing, 4-13 (2-12 Big Nine), closes out its regular season schedule on Friday when it hosts Austin.

Tuesday

Wingers drop two against No. 5 Winona

Red Wing hosted Winona on Tuesday for a doubleheader but couldn't come away with a victory as it dropped both contests.

In the first game, Red Wing lost, 7-2, and was limited to four hits while it gave up 12 to Winona.

Dani Deming led the way for the Wingers, hitting two doubles and one RBI. Justine Swenning took the loss after striking out four, walking one and giving up five earned runs on 11 hits.

Annika Anderson was the winning pitcher. She had 14 strikeouts, one walk and gave up two hits.

The Wingers received more run support in the second game but still came up short, 7-4.

Red Wing recorded the same number of hits (four) in the second game as in the first and limited Winona to only four hits in the nightcap.

Hailey Ehlers hit a double for the Wingers and Hannah Rodgers was given the loss. Rodgers didn't strike out any batters but also didn't issue a walk.

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