August 16, 2022

Grant County Herald

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WCA softball team goes 4-1 last week

Claire Stark checks out the batter.

The West Central Area Knights softball team went 4-1 last week to improve to 6-2 on the season. The Tigers swept Benson and Montevideo in West Central Conference doubleheaders and fell to Morris/C-A, in Morris.

The Knights continued their conference season at Melrose Monday, May 9 and with a doubleheader against Sauk Centre Tuesday, in Barrett. WCA will end the week at Breckenridge Friday, May 13, in Breckenridge.

     WCA – 10

    Benson – 3

WCA had no trouble on offense today, winning big over the Benson Braves, 10-3, in game one of a conference doubleheader on Tuesday, May 3, in Benson.

Claire Stark was the winning pitcher for WCA. She pitched the final inning for WCA, striking out one. KJ Nibbe tossed a no-hitter through three innings and struck out five before being relieved by Sophie Sanstead and Lily Mahoney, who gave up the runs.

Nibbe led WCA with three hits in three at bats. Addison Staples and Stark added two hits, including doubles.

     WCA – 6

   Benson – 4

KJ NIbbe connected on a walk-off double to give WCA a 6-4 win in game two over Benson on Tuesday, in Benson. The game was tied at four with WCA batting in the bottom of the seventh when KJ Nibbe doubled on the first pitch of the at bat, scoring two runs.

Nibbe led the WCA to victory in the circle. The hurler surrendered four runs on three hits over seven innings, striking out eight.

Nibbe went yard in the third inning for the lone home run of the game. She went 3-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs. Alayna Boyd added two hits and two runs for the Knights.

      WCA – 11

  Montevideo – 2

WCA jumped out to an early lead over Montevideo and took home an 11-2 victory on Thursday, May 5, in Montevideo.

Montevideo scored first, but WCA took the lead for good with two runs in the second thanks to a ground out and a double by Alaina Sykora.

WCA scored five runs in the fourth inning. Kennedy Porter, Halle Foslien, and Claire Stark all drove in runs in the frame.

KJ Nibbe earned the win for WCA. The hurler surrendered one run on one hit over five innings, striking out two.

WCA tallied 14 hits. Fosilen, Sykora, and Nibbe each had two hits to lead WCA. WCA also tore up the base paths, as five players stole at least two bases. Sykora led the way with three.

      WCA – 11

  Montevideo – 0

WCA defeated Montevideo 11-0 on Thursday, May 5 as two pitchers combined to throw a shutout. Claire Stark induced a groundout from Kassey Pauling to finish off the game.

Nibbe earned the victory in the pitcher’s circle for WCA. The ace tossed a one-hitter over four innings, striking out four. Stark threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen and recorded a strikeout.

WCA secured the victory thanks to seven runs in the fourth inning. Addison Staples, KJ Nibbe, Stark, Lily Mahoney, Mya Foslien, and Alayna Boyd each drove in runs during the inning.

Mahoney, Fosilen, Westrom, Stark, and Nibbe each collected two hits to lead WCA. Alaina Sykora led WCA with three stolen bases, as they ran wild on the base paths with six stolen bases.

  Morris/C-A – 12

        WCA – 2

Junior Kortney Sanasack connected on a two-run double to give Morris Area / Chokio-Alberta a walk-off win, 12-2, over new West Central Conference opponent West Central Area on Friday, May 6, at Holmberg Field in Morris.

WCA’s two runs were scored by a bases loaded walk and a fielder’s choice in the fifth inning.

For Morris/C-A, Sanasack was 3-for-3 with four RBIs and two runs scored. She had two doubles and a two-run home run over the 220-foot left field fence line in the fifth inning.

Whitney Westrom, Mya Foslien, and Alaina Sykora all had hits for the Knights.

KJ Nibbe took the loss in the circle. She scattered seven hits and gave up six runs (five earned) in three innings, walked two and struck out two.

Claire Stark finished in relief, giving up five runs (four earned) on eight hits in 2.2 innings. She walked one and struck out one while giving up a home run