Let’s Play Five! That’s what the Eden Valley-Watkins softball team will do this opening week, as they gear up for the weather-dictated, reshuffled schedule. Coach Dave Dziengel was happy to finally get the season under way. “After a long season indoors, it was nice to get out and play an actual game. Baylee Lahr was a little wild but got the job done, pitching an effective game and limiting Osakis to 2 runs and scattering just 6 hits.” Opening the season Monday, the Eagles, behind senior Holly Schumacher’s 2-home run-5 RBI effort, captured the 8-2 non-conference victory over the Osakis Silverstreaks. Schumacher connected on a three-run shot in the bottom of the fourth inning, extending EV-W’s lead to 6-1. She added a two-run homer in the sixth, and teammate Jamie Scherer doubled twice and scored three runs for the Eagles.
Right-hander Baylee Lahr walked five batters in the early innings before settling down. She allowed just five hits and struck out two for the complete-game win. “Holly Schumacher picked up where she left off last year, hitting 2 homeruns to start the season. Great way to start the season and we will have our hands full against Maple Lake (double-header) Thursday and Rockford (double-header) Friday,” Dziengel said. EV-W plays host to Maple Lake for a double-header at 4 p.m. Thursday in Eden Valley.
Box score results:
EV-W: Jamie Scherer, 2 for 4 with 3 runs scored and 2 doubles; Kaylee Forcier, 1 for 3 with 2 runs scored; Holly Schumacher, 2 for 3 with 5 RBI, 2 runs scored, 3-run HR, 2-run HR; Baylee Lahr 1-for-4 with an RBI; Brook Stang, 2 for 4; Ashley Huschle, 1 for 1; Briana Plantenberg, 0 for 1 with a run scored and 2 BB; Faith Forcier, 1 for 3. Winning pitcher, Baylee Lahr, with 7 innings pitched, 5 hits, 2 runs, 2 earned runs, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts.