Softball slides past Crookston and Bemidji

The team extended its winning streak to seven during the weekend

Merle Stramm
Staff Writer

The Maverick softball team continued their winning streak last weekend after winning all four games played Friday and Saturday at home. 

MSU took the lead in Friday’s games against Minnesota-Crookston early on, with a triple by sophomore Courtney Potter, followed by a single by freshman Kayla Moky which put the Mavericks up 2-0. 

A two-RBI single by senior Cori Kennedy, followed by a run for Moky would then secure the lead. 

Starting pitcher Mackenzie Ward didn’t allow any runs and just one successful hit against Crookston. She was able to earn a complete game shutout, striking out 10 batters. 

Another three runs from outfielder McKenzie Paap, Moky, and Kennedy followed, leading to an 8-0 victory after a dominant first five innings. 

The second game of the day brought about another win for MSU, after Paap started things out by scoring on a throwing error after stealing third. 

Redshirt freshman Hannah Hastings delivered an RBI single to conclude the game and a victory of 2-0. 

Saturday would be another successful day for MSU softball with two great wins at home against the Bemidji State Beavers. 

The Mavericks were able to go 13-0 in the first game of the day. 

Moky and Kennedy scored the first two runs in the first inning, followed by four more runs in the fourth by infielder Amber Kral, sophomore Emma Schifferle, Potter, and sophomore Torey Richards. 

With Moky, Paap, and Kennedy on the bases, Kral hit a grand slam that expanded the Mavericks’ lead to 10-0. 

Another three-RBI home run by sophomore Julia Bastian concluded the very successful fourth inning, leaving the score, 13-0 score. The first game on Saturday then ended after the fifth inning.

In the second game of the day, the Beavers scored their first run of the day during the first inning, but MSU was quick to answer with two runs of their own. 

After another two Bemidji runs in the second, a score by Paap, followed by RBIs by Potter and Kral helped the Mavericks establish their lead once again. 

MSU was able to score another three runs each in the fourth and sixth, including two RBIs by Kral. 

Bemidji scored another run during the fifth but ended up falling short. MSU then concluded the successful weekend with a 11-4 win at home. 

Maverick softball is now on a seven-game winning streak, which they will hopefully continue going into the upcoming games. MSU will face off against the University of Sioux Falls Wednesday at 2 and 4 p.m. in Sioux Falls, North Dakota.

Header photo by Nidia Sepulveda | MSU Reporter.

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