2012-05-17 / Sports

Softball team learning to play with new lineups

By Mark Anderson
News Editor

The Staples Motley softball team was forced to play several games without starting pitcher Megan Vetsch, who was held out most of the week to recover from an injury.

The Cardinals lost two games to Park Rapids, 11- 10 and 11-6 on May 8, beat Breckenridge on May 10, lost to Pillager 9-7 on May 11 and split games with Wadena-Deer Creek, winning 6-4 when Vetch came back to pitch and losing 11- 10 with another patchwork lineup.

“We have been plagued with injuries the past week and a half,” said Coach

Bruck Onischuk. “ Several of our girls have had to step up to the plate and play different positions.”

Onischuk said in previous games Kelsey Zetah did some pitching which she had never done before, and so did Quinn Uhlmann. “Jessica Tomann has been shuffled around almost the entire season,” said

Onischuk. “She has gone from left field to third base to catcher to second base to third base to catcher to second base and back to catcher again. This is a real credit to her ability and willingness to do whatever it takes.” MacKenzie Holst also has been all over and has played first base, left field, catcher, and pitched.

In the win against W-DC, Vetch pitched a strong game and got good support in the field and at the plate. The Cardinals had 8 hits and three errors while W-DC had five hits

KyAnn Nyhus was 2 for 3 including a double, and scored twice. Kayla Schmeig was also 2 for 3 with one RBI.

In the second game, the Cardinals tried to outscore W-DC. “We knew going into game two that they would score and we had to stay with them,” said Onischuk. They did keep up until the final at bat.

Holst took over on the mound. “I thought she did a great job considering she has never pitched in a game before,” said Onischuk.

The Cardinals scored 10 runs on 13 hits and took a 10-9 lead into the bottom of the seventh inning. With two outs, the Cardinals had three errors to let W-DC score two and win the game.

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