Belle Plaine second baseman Randi Fiskewold got the force out on this play against St. Peter Friday in Belle Plaine.
Belle Plaine second baseman Randi Fiskewold got the force out on this play against St. Peter Friday in Belle Plaine.
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by Dan Ruud
The Belle Plaine High School softball team surrendered one shy of a dozen runs in an 11-2 season-opening loss to St. Peter Friday at the Belle Plaine Athletic Complex.
The Tigers were scheduled to host Jackson County Central in a doubleheader Monday but a return of early March-like weather forced the event’s postponement until May 1. The Tigers were scheduled to begin Minnesota River Conference action at home against Jordan Tuesday after this edition of the Herald went to press. New Prague is scheduled to visit Belle Plaine for a nonconference game 5 p.m. this Thursday. Mayer Lutheran is due to visit Belle Plaine for a MRC game 4 p.m. next Tuesday.
St. Peter 11, Tigers 6
The Tigers led 2-1 after two innings before the Saints rallied to tie the score in the top of the third and break things open with four in the fourth, two in the fifth and three in the third. Belle Plaine did manage six runs along the way on 14 hits.
At the plate, Belle Plaine was led by senior shortstop Elizabeth Johnson with four hits and two RBI. Jessica Prader, Lauren Johnson and Jade Hipp had two hits apiece. Contributing one each were Hailey Witt, Jazmine Schultz, Taylor Mullen and Hannah Witt.
Emma Luskey pitched all seven innings for The Tigers, allowing 11 runs (nine earned). She walked three and struck out seven.
“Emma Luskey did a great job from the pitchers plate,” said Tigers coach Luke Audette. “Saint Peter is a very good hitting team and she maintained composure the entire game. Elizabeth Johnson had a great start to her senior year. We have a lot work to do working on specific situations and plays, but I think it was a good start to the season.”