On Friday, April 28, the West Central Area Girls softball team got to end a 15 day no-competition streak by getting in two games. With the Minnesota weather the way it has been, the Knights have now needed to put a few double headers on the schedule where they play two different teams. The first double header happend on Friday and The Knights came out with two wins. The first game was an 8-6 win over the Ashby Arrows, and the second game was a 9-4 win over OTC.
"Not playing for 15 days and then playing 14 innings over 5 hours on a Friday night was tough on our girls," stated Head Coach Vanessa McNamara. "We brought only ten kids with us and they really worked hard to get the rust out and step up and compete."
Brianna Kreft pitched all 7 innings for WCA in their win over Ashby, walking 4, striking out 4 and giving up 10 hits, eight of which were in the first two innings. "Once she got used to throwing to batters again, she really stepped up," reported McNamara. "I'm very thrilled with how she threw tonight. In the box, we struggled getting a good bat on the ball. We did not get ur bats where we needed to be until near the end of the game."
The Knights were led by Hannah Anderson going 3/3 with a double and two singles and Brianna Kreft had a huge highlight of the game when she parked a homerun in the second inning.
Hailey Bennett took the mound for the Knights in their game against Ottertail Central, throwing 6 of the 7 innings of the game. She struck out 4, walked 9, and gave up only 2 hits. "Once Hailey found her rythm on the mound, she threw a good game," said McNamara. " Our team also really tightened up our defense having only two errors in the game."
In the box, the Knights picked up 13 hits on the night. Hannah Anderson continued having a great night picking up two singles and two walks, Hailey Hansen wasn't too far behind going 3-4 with two singles and a double. Brianna Kreft also went 3/4 picking up a couple singles and a triple.
"It was nice to see the girls back to hitting the ball," added Coach McNamara. "OTC had a good pitcher and our girls showed patience at the plate. I was very proud of them. All in all we had two great ball games on a beautiful evening. It felt good to not only compete, but also find our groove both in the batters box and on the field. This was the first time competing with players in some new positions, since the last time we played, our second baseman Izzy Wittbrodt broke her hand. Kaleigh Anderson did a great job stepping up in that position making some huge plays and covering big range. From here on out, we have a lot of games on the schedule and very few practices. I'm hoping the girls can continue to sharpen up their game as we get some great competition in over the next few weeks."