Windom 113 011 0 = 7-7-1 Luverne 300 235 x = 13-11-2 The Windom Eagle fastpitch team opened Big South Conference play with a pair of setbacks Tuesday, dropping both ends of a doubleheader with Luverne at the Windom Recreation Area.
In the opener, the Eagles rallied from an early deficit to tie the game at 4-4 in the bottom of the sixth. Luverne regained the lead in the top of the seventh, then held off an Eagle rally in the bottom of the seventh for a 6-5 win.
Luverne scored twice in the top of the first, but the Eagles got on the board with a Halle Jackson RBI double in the bottom of the first.
Then, trailing 4-1 in the sixth, the Eagles rallied to tie the game. Kendyl Sammons smacked a two-run single and Paige Vancura hit an RBI single.
Luverne got a two-run double in the top of the seventh, regaining a 6-4 lead. In the bottom of the inning, Shelby Erickson reached on an error and Reegan Elder hit a single. Jackson followed with an RBI single and Kaitlee Huska walked, loading the bases with one out. But a line-out to second base and a groundout to shortstop ended the threat, as the Eagles left the bases loaded for the third time in the game.
Jackson had three hits in the loss. Elder added a pair of hits.
Ellie Maricle took the pitching loss, allowing 12 hits and one walk while striking out five.
In the nightcap, the Eagles got on the board first, scoring on a Jackson groundout in the top of the first inning. But Luverne answered with three runs in the bottom of the first, two coming on a home run.
The Eagles cut the deficit to 3-2 in the top of the second on an Allison Letcher RBI single. Then, Windom took the lead in the third. Huska ripped an RBI double. Two runs scored on a dropped fly ball in the outfield, giving Windom a 5-3 lead.
With the score tied 5-5 in the top of the fifth, the Eagles briefly took the lead again on a Letcher RBI double, but Luverne plated three runs in the bottom of the fifth, taking an 8-6 lead.
Windom cut the deficit to 8-7 in the top of the sixth on an RBI single from Elder, but the Cardinals plated five runs in the bottom of the sixth, sealing the game with a three-run home run.
Letcher led the Eagles with two hits and two RBI in the second game.
Jackson took the pitching loss, allowing 11 hits and five walks while striking out five.
MLAC 000 300 0 = 3-4-2 MCC 021 030 x = 6-7-3 Mt. Lake Area-Comfrey battled from behind to tie the game, but a three-run home run in the fifth inning by Danielle Kuball lifted Murray County Central to a 6-3 win over the Wolverines in the Red Rock Conference opener in Slayton.
MCC held a 3-0 lead after three innings, but the Wolverines tied the game in the top of the fourth. Rylie Tollefson lofted an RBI double, Margo Stoesz hit an RBI single and Tollefson scored on a throwing error, tying the game at 3-3.
But in the fifth, the Rebels put two runners on base with one out, with Kuball smashing a blast over the fence in dead center field, giving the Rebels a 6-3 lead.
The Wolverines brought the potential tying run to the plate in the sixth inning, but a long fly ball was pulled in at the fence, ending the threat. The Wolverines then were retired in order in the seventh.
Stoesz led MLAC with two of the team's four hits.
Molly Carnell took the pitching loss, allowing six runs on seven hits. She walked one and struck out three.
Next games: Check for updates after each game. Windom: vs. MLAC, April 15 MLAC: at Windom, April 15 RRC/WWG: vs. T/ML/GHEC (at Sanborn), April 15