March 4, 2024

Grant County Herald

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WCA beats Ashby twice

Claire Stark
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It was an extremely hot Friday night game when the Lady Knights took on Ashby for a double header at home.  Game one started a little slow, but once the team got in groove, they got the game going.  They scored three runs in the third inning and eighth grader Addison Staples and sophomore Claire Stark were a huge help at the plate. Senior Madi Hansen also put the ball into play multiple times to move the batters around.  Senior Pitcher Emma Swenson started the game and surrendered one run on two hits over five innings, striking out six and walking just one. She then had some trouble with heat stroke and was removed from the game.  KJ Nibbe came in and threw the last two innings.

The Lady Knights beat Ashby 12-6 in the second game.  The first batter of the game, freshman Alaina Sykora hit a homerun. It was an exciting start and the rest of the team followed.  The Knights tallied 15 hits on the night.  Staples, Foslien, Ulrich, and Stark all collected multiple hits for the game.  

Game two was great because we were able to throw three different pitchers in the game to get experience.  Claire Stark started the game and threw a little over three innings. She allowed one hit and struck out four batters.  Eighth grader Sophie Sanstead threw  about two innings and allowed no hits and made some great plays in the field.  Emma Swenson came into the game for the last two innings allowing zero hits and zero runs while striking out three.

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Tuesday was an opportunity for us to play a 2A school before playoffs.  We took a bit to adjust to the speed change of the pitcher and by the time we had it timed, we had dug ourselves in a hole. Senior pitcher Emma Swenson was on the mound for the Knights allowing nine runs on nine hits, while striking out eight.  

Once again, the Knights were led at the plate by eighth grader Addison Staples. Eighth grader Mya Foslien had a great game at shortstop with senior Madi Hanson next to her. They didn’t let balls get through that left side.

This game helped us realize we need to step up and hit against a pitcher that doesn’t throw the speed we are used to.  It took us far too long to adjust to the speed change.

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