FAIRMONT - Leadoff hitter Courtney Guetter and No. 3 batter Micaela Gochanour combined to reach base seven times, swiped six bases and scored five runs to literally get Fairmont's offense revving during Tuesday's softball game.
Cleanup batter Kristen Campe produced two RBIs behind a game-best three hits, while right-hander Aly Eversman fired a complete game to engineer the Cardinals' 12-5 triumph over the Worthington Trojans during non-league softball action at Cardinal Park.
"We're one game above .500," Fairmont mentor Terry Ehlert said in reference to his team's 6-5 overall record. "The girls were aggressive on the bases and at the plate today, and Aly gave us a solid pitching effort."
SAFE! — Fairmont runner Courtney Guetter scores on a wild pitch as the softball bounces away from Worthington pitcher Carly Byrne, who’s covering the plate, during nonconference softball action Tuesday at Cardinal Park in Fairmont. Umpire Randy Grupe looks on. (Photo by Charlie Sorrells)
After the Trojans manufactured a solo run in the top of the first via Paige Kinley's infield hit and Brooke Henning's RBI fielder's choice, Guetter and Gochanour ignited the Cardinals' four-run answer during the home half of the inning.
Guetter walked, stole second base and alertly wheeled to third when Gochanour drilled a line-drive off a stretched-out Worthington third baseman. Guetter then alertly timed a wild pitch in the dirt to score the tying run with two out before Gochanour crossed the plate on Allison Moeller's RBI single up the middle.
Eversman then reached on an error before Lisa Craig smacked a two-run single back through the box to extend Fairmont's lead to 4-1.
After Eversman worked a 1-2-3 top of the second inning, the Cardinals' G-n-G combination triggered a two-run effort during the bottom of the frame.
Guetter reached on an error, stole second and moved to third on a wild ball four to Gochanour. Gochanour then swiped second before Guetter and Gochanour each circled the bases on Campe's two-run single to center.
The Trojans manufactured two runs behind only one hit and three Cardinal miscues during the third inning to carve Fairmont's lead to 6-3.
Fairmont then combined Tieryn Arens' walk with Taylor Nuss' bunt hit, Guetter's RBI fielder's choice and three of Worthington's seven errors in the last of the third to build a 9-3 edge.
The Cardinals nearly exited the ballpark early by plating three runs in the sixth to widen their lead to 12-3. Campe singled and later scored on Eversman's dropped fly ball to left before Mikayla Krzywicki hammered a pinch-hit RBI triple to right.
Arens walked before Guetter lined an RBI single to build the lead to nine.
The Trojans countered with two runs in the seventh behind Aleanna Heig's double, Henning's check-swing RBI single and Brianna Mullaney's run-scoring infield hit.
Moeller went 2-for-4 with one RBI and one run scored for the Cardinals.
Eversman gave up five runs - two earned - on eight hits, struck out four, walked two and hit one batter in seven innings to earn the complete-game win.
Fairmont (6-5, 2-1 South Central) hosts St. James on Thursday.
WOR 102 000 2 - 5 8 7
FMT 423 003 x - 12 11 4
Carly Byrne (LP) and Miranda LeBrun. Aly Eversman (WP) and Tieryn Arens.
LOB-Fairmont 9; Worthington 10. 2B-Aleanna Heig (W). 3B-Mikayla Krzywicki (F).
Worthington edged Fairmont, 2-1, during junior varsity action Tuesday.
Mallory Gochanour produced an RBI single for the Cardinals, while teammate Lindsee Tromanhauser also collected a hit.
Jordan Ehlert recorded nine strikeouts in seven innings of work for Fairmont (3-5).
Martin County West 10, St. Clair 2 - Jordan Gregory, Molly Klima and Rebecca Steen combined for nine of the Mavericks' 16 hits to pace a 10-2 Valley Conference victory over the Cyclones on Tuesday in Welcome.
Gregory produced four RBIs behind two singles and a double, Klima netted three hits and three RBIs, while Steen tripled and added two singles for one RBI.
Sierra Williamson and Kennedy Janssen each supplied two hits for MCW, with Williamson driving in one run and Janssen doubling.
Steen allowed two runs, struck out seven and walked five in 5 1/3 innings to earn the win for the Mavericks. Williamson fanned two in 1 2/3 innings of scoreless relief.
Martin County West (9-3, 4-2 Valley) hosts Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain on Thursday in Welcome.
STC 020 000 0 - 2 5 2
MCW 222 103 x - 10 16 1
Bailey Arndt (LP) and Ali Drummer. Rebecca Steen (WP), Sierra Williamson (6) and Shawna Dressen.
Madelia/Truman 7, Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton 1 - Right-hander Beth Kotewa fired a three-hit gem, while Savannah Hodge went 3-for-3 and scored four runs to guide the Jayhawks to a 7-1 Valley Conference victory over the Bulldogs on Tuesday in Madelia.
Kotewa allowed only one run on three hits, struck out eight and issued two walks in seven innings to earn the complete-game victory.
Hodge collected a pair of doubles, a single and a walk to cross the plate four times, while driving in one run for M/T.
Hanna Hartman tripled, singled, scored once and drove in one run for the Jayhawks in three at-bats, while Kotewa, Briannia Pearson and Ryleigh Haynes chipped in hits.
Madelia/Truman (4-8, 2-2 Valley) hosts Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial on Thursday in Madelia.
JWP 100 000 0 - 1 3 4
M/T 201 301 x - 7 8 1
Kaley Anderson (LP) and Jacey Anderson. Beth Kotewa (WP) and Ciera Drevlow.
Martin County West 12-12, Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman 0-1 - The Mavericks swept the Knights, 12-0 and 12-1, during a baseball doubleheader on Tuesday in Welcome.
Jake Faber pitched six shutout innings, only giving up three hits in the opening game of the twinbill.
Alex Saxen went 3-for-3 with a three-run homer to provide punch for MCW. Toby Haugen went 2-for-3 including a double and drove two runs, while Dalton Koenecke also went 2-for-3 with a double in the win.
Alex Weihe and Colton Greiner each pounded doubles for two of the Knights' three hits.
Greiner pitched 5 1/3 innings for the Knights, allowing 11 runs on 11 hits, striking out seven, walking one and hitting a pair of batters to take the loss.
Tyler Wiederhoeft pitched the final 2/3s of an inning, allowing one run on one hit, fanning one and walking one.
Alex Biehn went 3-for-4 with a home run and six RBIs to pace the Mavericks to a 12-1 win in Game 2.
Koenecke went 2-for-3, Saxen finished 3-for-4 and Parker Leiding smacked a double for the Mavericks.
Biehn pitched four innings, allowing just one run to take the win. Brandon Williamson pitched the final inning, striking out three for MCW.
Josh Wolter smacked a double and scored the Knights' only run of the doubleheader in Game 2. Trent Stensland singled to plate Wolter in the fourth.
Sam Geistfeld also added a hit for the Knights.
Carson Hurn pitched four innings, allowing eight runs on seven hits, striking out one and walking three to absorb the loss for the Knights.
Martin County West (6-3, 3-2 Valley) plays host to Alden-Conger in a Valley Conference game at 5 p.m. Thursday at the Fox Lake Area Sports Complex in Welcome.
Martin Luther/Granada-Huntley-East Chain/Truman (2-8, 1-2 Valley) travels to play a 4:30 p.m. game on Thursday in St. Clair.