FAIRMONT - Brooke Klontz proved she does not suffer from triskaidekaphobia on Tuesday at Cardinal Park.
Jackson County Central's ace hurler and leadoff batter - sporting the No. 13 jersey - fired a four-hit complete game from the pitcher's circle to complement producing two RBIs behind two hits from the batter's box to fuel the Huskies' 6-2 non-league softball victory over the Fairmont Cardinals in Fairmont.
After Klontz and Cardinal right-hander Taylor Schultze pitched shutout first frames, Lydia Brandt lined a leadoff single up the middle to trigger the Huskies' five-run offensive outburst in the top of the second.
OUT ON?THE TAG — Fairmont third baseman Micaela Gochanour (8) tags out Jackson County Central’s Brooke Klontz on a throw from shortstop Kristen Campe (not shown) during non-league softball action Tuesday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
Jenna Stade drew the only walk issued by Schultze on the game before the Fairmont senior pitcher coaxed an infield popout. Adriane Rentschler lined a one-hop single to left that Cardinal outfielder Aly Eversman charged to keep the Huskies from scoring on the hit.
Brandt managed to beat a fielder's choice throw to the plate to keep the bases loaded before Klontz assisted her own cause by belting a two-run double into the left-field corner. Jayde Price, who reached on the previous fielder's choice, crossed the plate on Brittany Woodke's sacrifice fly before Klontz circled the bases on Marita Rasche's RBI single to left.
Down 5-0, Fairmont cleanup batter Kristen Campe and No. 6 hitter Aly Eversman unleashed a pair of extra-base hits to counter quickly during the home half of the second.
Campe hammered a double to deep straightaway center before wheeling to third on Allison Moeller's fielder's choice to first. Eversman then drilled an RBI triple to deep right to plate Campe before trotting home on Tieryn Aren's RBI fielder's choice.
Abby Fitzgerald followed with an infield hit before JCC first baseman Mo Carlson snared a sizzling liner off Mikayla Krzywicki's bat to thwart the threat.
Klontz then settled into a groove, working around two walks, one hit batter and two deep drives during the final five frames to seal her complete-game pitching performance.
Huskies' left fielder Jenna Stade made a nice running backhanded catch near the foul line on Arens' sinking liner in the fourth before JCC centerfielder Lydia Brandt sprinted to the fence to corral Eversman's soaring drive in the sixth.
Brandt added an RBI triple to account for the Huskies' solo run in the top of the sixth. Klontz, Brandt and Rentschler each collected two of JCC's 11 hits on the game.
Klontz gave up two earned runs on four hits, struck out six, walked two and hit one batter in seven innings to earn the victory.
Schultze allowed six runs - five earned - on nine hits, struck out three and walked only one in six innings of work to receive the loss. Krzywicki gave up two hits in one scoreless inning of relief.
Micaela Gochanour added a hit for the Cardinals.
Fairmont (0-2) travels to Blue Earth Area on Thursday for a 5:30 p.m. South Central Conference game.
Jackson County Central (1-0) hits the road to Redwood Falls on Thursday for a 4 p.m. Southwest Conference doubleheader with Redwood Valley.
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Brooke Klontz (WP) and Marita Rasche. Taylor Schultze (LP), Mikayla Krzywicki (7) and Tieryn Arens.
LOB-JCC 8; FHS 5. 2B-Kristen Campe (F), Klontz (JCC). 3B-Aly Eversman (F). SF-Brittany Woodke (JCC).
Jackson County Central edged Fairmont, 5-3, during junior varsity action on Tuesday at Cardinal Park.
Lisa Craig, Brice Bonin, Taylor Nuss and Courtney Mosloski each collected hits for the Cardinals.
Nuss allowed five runs on four hits, struck out six and walked seven in handling the pitching duties for Fairmont (1-1).
New Ulm 16, Blue Earth Area 1 (5 innings) - Abby Kamm went 4-for-5 with three RBIs and scored four runs to power the defending Class AA state champion Eagles to a 16-1, five-inning victory over the Bucs during South Central Conference action Tuesday in Blue Earth.
New Ulm ace hurler Sydney Schuck notched seven strikeouts and allowed one run on two hits in four innings of work to earn the victory.
Kylie Ahl went 1-for-2 and scored the Bucs' lone run on Monica Krieger's RBI double.
Blue Earth Area (0-2, 0-1 SCC) plays host to Fairmont at 5:30 p.m. Thursday in Blue Earth. New Ulm (1-0, 1-0) travels to Waseca on Thursday.
Madelia/Truman 6, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain 5 - Hanna Hartman went 2-for-2 with a triple, drove in two runs and scored twice to help the Jayhawks edge the Knights, 6-5, during Valley Conference action on Tuesday in Truman.
Savannah Stevens went 1-for-1 with one RBI for M/T.
Jayhawk starting pitcher Taylor Thomas allowed four runs on seven hits, struck out four and walked two in five innings of work to earn the victory.
Beth Kotewa gave up one run on one hit, fanned five and issued one base-on-balls in two innings of relief to net the save for M/T.
Effie Bentz went 3-for-4 and scored two runs to top the Knights, while Amanda Schuder went 2-for-4 with one RBI and scored a run.
ML/GHEC pitcher Samantha Meade gave up six runs on six hits, struck out seven and walked six in going the distance to absorb the loss.
Madelia/Truman (2-1, 1-0 Valley) travels to St. Clair on Friday, while Martin Luther/GHEC (0-1, 0-1) travels to Alden for a doubleheader on Thursday.
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Samantha Meade (LP) and Amber Schulz. Taylor Thomas (WP), Beth Kotewa (6, Sv) and Ciera Drevlow.
Maple River 11, Martin County West 5 - Makayla Rahn went 3-for-4 with two RBIs, while teammate Carly Lloyd drove in three runs behind a triple and a single to help the Eagles erupt for nine runs in the top of the seventh inning to outslug the Mavericks, 11-5, during season-opening action Tuesday in Welcome.
Kylie Olson and Kellie Gerdts each generated two hits for Maple River, with Olson collecting two RBIs.
Jordan Gregory, Rebecca Steen, Morgan Williamson and Tayler Hagen each produced two hits to pace MCW. Gregory doubled and scored three runs, Steen notched two RBIs, while Williamson doubled home a run.
Steen struck out six and walked four in 6 1/3 innings of work to receive the loss. Gregory fanned one in closing out the final 2/3s of an inning.
Rahn registered 11 strikeouts and issued three walks in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Martin County West (0-1) travels to Jackson County Central on Friday.
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Makayla Rahn (WP) and Kylie Olson. Rebecca Steen (LP), Jordan Gregory (7) and Shawna Dressen.
Martin Luther/ Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 3, Nicollet 2 - Starting pitcher Jeremy Smith and reliever Dylan Petrowiak combined on a two-hitter to help the Knights squeeze by the Raiders, 3-2, during Valley Conference baseball action Tuesday in Northrop.
Smith gave up two runs - none earned - on one hit, struck out six and walked two in three innings of work to net the win.
Petrowiak allowed one unearned run on one hit, fanned four and walked two in four frames of relief to earn the save.
Josh Wolter collected two of the Knights' three hits and produced one RBI, Smith scored two runs, while Sam Geistfeld doubled and crossed the plate once.
Martin Luther/GHEC/ Truman (1-1) faces host Lyle/Austin Pacelli during tournament action Saturday in Austin.
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Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial 7, Martin County West 2 - The Knights posted a 7-2 Valley Conference victory over the Mavericks on Tuesday in Lake Crystal.
Toby Haugen went 2-for-3 with a double to top MCW's five-hit attack, while teammates Austin Krumwiece, Mitch Sitzmann and Tyson Schuder each produced a hit and a run scored.
Faber, Schuder and Krumwiede each hurled two innings for the Mavericks, respectively.
Martin County West (0-1, 0-1 Valley) travels to Wells on Friday to face United South Central.
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New Ulm 4-9, Blue Earth Area 0-1 - The Class AA, No. 9-ranked Eagles swept a rescheduled South Central Conference doubleheader from the Bucs on Tuesday in Blue Earth.
Ace right-hander Chase Meyer fired a five-hit shutout to fuel New Ulm's 5-0 victory in Game 1. Meyer recorded 10 strikeouts and issued three walks in seven innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.
Grant Kannegiesser and Jackson Yackley combined for seven of the Eagles' dozen hits in Game 2. Kannegiesser went 4-for-4 at the plate, while Yackley was 3-for-4 to help New Ulm to improve to 3-0 overall and 2-0 in SCC action.
Brandyn Olsen, who went 2-for-2 to top BEA in the opener, started on the mound. Olsen allowed four runs - two earned - on five hits, struck out five and walked two to take the loss.
Seth Anderson and Olsen each collected two hits to top the Bucs' six-hit performance in the nightcap.
Starter Alex Stewart allowed five earned runs on six hits, walked four and hit four batters in 3 2/3 innings to take the Game 2 loss for BEA.
Blue Earth Area (0-3, 0-2 SCC) travels to Class AA, No. 4-ranked Fairmont on Thursday for another conference game.
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