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Softball: Early errors doom Wingers

Red Wing third baseman Kelsey Reding makes a throw to first base during Wednesday's Missota Conference game against Academy of Holy Angels at AP Anderson Park. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)1 / 2
Red Wing's Hailee Johnson takes a swing at a pitch during Wednesday's Missota Conference game against Holy Angels at AP Anderson Park. (Republican Eagle photo by Joe Brown)2 / 2

Academy of Holy Angels made a habit of capitalizing on Red Wing’s mistakes on Wednesday.

In the season-opener at AP Anderson Park, the Wingers committed four errors in a 7-1 loss to the Stars in Missota Conference play.

“I told the girls that it looked like our first game. The good news was that it was our first game,” said Red Wing head coach Jon Bohmbach. “We got tight, and those unearned runs, we gave up too many of ‘em.”

Holy Angels’ leadoff batter, Sarah McGoldrick, reached base on a throwing error, then the Stars got their first run two batters later on another error. By the time the top of the first inning was over, Holy Angels led 3-0 on two hits and two Red Wing errors. The Stars added another run in the top of the third on an RBI single by Alice Keefe.

“We got behind 3-0 and couldn’t really do anything after that,” Bohmbach said. “We talked about how we can’t give them more than 21 outs. … We worked so hard last year cutting down those errors and I think it was a little bit of, ‘Here we go again.’ We have to mentally get over that.”

After going hitless in the first two innings, the bottom of the Wingers’ lineup game the team some much-needed life. Mary Bender led off with a bunt single, then moved into scoring position on a stolen base. Then Kelsey Reding, the team’s No. 9 hitter, hit a bloop single into shallow center field to bring Bender home.

But the offensive spurt was short-lived as Red Wing got just one more hit – a single by Rebecca Swenning in the fourth – for the rest of the game.

“First we had long swings. It looked like we hadn’t seen live pitching. It’s hard to see that in the gym,” Bohmbach said. “As our bats started to get quicker, we started seeing it better. But now we have to turn those ground balls and drive them into the green.”

Meanwhile, Holy Angels tacked on a pair of runs in the fourth, and Erin O’Connor scored the team’s final run on a groundout by Rylee Fischer.

Leading the Stars’ offense was Meghan Graves, who went 3-for-4 with three RBI. She also got the complete-game victory in the circle, tallying six strikeouts and zero walks.

“We gave them too many runs,” Bohmbach said. “They’re not seven-to-one better than us, but give them credit, they didn’t give up any errors.

On Friday, Red Wing (0-1) hits the road for a conference game with Northfield. 

Joe Brown

Joe Brown is the sports editor for the Red Wing Republican Eagle. Previously, he worked at the Marshall Independent and the St. Cloud Times. For updates on local sports, follow Joe on Twitter at @RE_JBrown.

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