Softball team posts first BSC win

The Luverne girls went 1-3 when they played in a pair of Big South Conference doubleheaders.

The Cardinals lost two games in Jackson County Central in Jackson Thursday before splitting a twin bill with Windom Monday in Windom.

Luverne, 2-8 overall, hosts Pipestone for two games Thursday.


Windom twin bill

The Cardinals picked up their first conference win of the season during Monday’s doubleheader in Windom.

After falling 11-1 in six innings to open the set, LHS bounced back to win the nightcap by a 6-3 tally.

The Eagles put together five-run rallies in the first and fifth innings to set the stage for a 10-run win in the opener.

Luverne scored its lone run in the third inning.

Ariel DeBeer, who led the Cards with two hits at the plate, pitched five-plus innings and took the loss. She fanned four batters and yielded 13 hits.

Madi Oye doubled in the opener, while Susan Thompson and Bryanna Wessels added singles to the cause.

Luverne scored five runs in the bottom half of the first inning and added another counter in the fourth to best the Eagles by three runs in the finale.

Playing in her first varsity game, Rilee Olson pitched seven innings of six-hit, five-strikeout ball to earn the win.

Olson also led the Cards with three hits, while Alexis Hiller, DeBeer and Oye charted two hits each.

Brianna Jonason, Thompson, Katie Kracht, Wessels and Kayla Thone added one hit each at the plate.


JCC twin bill

The Cardinals dropped a pair of competitive games when they challenged the Huskies in a doubleheader Thursday in Jackson.

JCC came alive in the middle innings to pull out a 6-0 win in the opener.

LHS sported a 6-2 lead in the finale, but the Huskies outscored the Cardinals 6-1 in the final three innings to pull out an 8-7 win.

Game 1 was scoreless after three innings of play, but JCC scored three runs in the fourth inning, two in the fifth and one in the sixth to prevail by six runs.

DeBeer pitched all six innings for the Cards and limited JCC to six hits.

Kracht came up with Luverne’s lone hit in the contest when she singled in the fifth inning.

Luverne put together three-run rallies in the first and third innings to sport a 6-2 lead after four innings of play in the finale.

LHS remained in front (7-4) when five innings were complete, but JCC plated four runs in the top of the sixth to set the stage for an 8-7 win.

Kaitlyn Roberts took the pitching loss for LHS after tossing five and one-third innings for eight-run, eight hit ball.

DeBeer, who belted a home run at the plate, pitched one and two-thirds scoreless innings in relief of Roberts.

Kracht tripled, Thompson doubled and Jonason and Roberts chipped in singles.

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