The Giants got one step closer to the state tournament on Saturday, when they defeated New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva (NRHEG) 11-0 in six innings.
The Giants used a single from Halle Bemmels, sacrifice bunt from Chloe Brandt and a single from Zoe Thomson to score Bemmels and take a 1-0 lead in the first inning.
After two scoreless innings, the Giants plated a second run in the fourth inning when Morgan Gregersen (running for Zoe Thomson) stole third base and then made it home due to an error by the NRHEG third baseman.
The Giants gained momentum in the fifth inning and scored four more runs. The action started when Makenna Borchardt singled to get on base, at which point Delaney Pavlo came in to run for Borchardt. Pavlo reached second when Madi Wilbright hit a sacrifice bunt, and was poised in scoring position at third due to a NRHEG error during Halle Bemmels' at bat.
A single from Brandt plated Pavlo and advanced Bemmels to third base. During Rhyan Fritz's at bat, an error by the left fielder allowed Bemmels to score and Brandt to reach third base, and a single from Fritz scored Brandt and gave the Giants a 5-0 lead.
The final run of the inning came two batters later, when Olivia Fritz hit a line drive to center field, scoring sister Rhyan.
The Giants ended the game in spectacular fashion in the sixth inning. Sara Milam, Borchardt and Bemmels all hit singles to load the bases, and a grounder from Brandt scored Milam.
With the bases loaded, Rhyan Fritz hit a grand slam to right field, giving the Giants an 11-0 lead and ending the game early due to the 10-run mercy rule.
Brandt earned the win on the mound, with nine strikeouts.
Rhyan Fritz led the team with five RBIs, while Brandt had two RBIs and Thomson and Olivia Fritz had one each.
GIANTS SHUT OUT FAIRMONT
The Giants started the section tournament with a big 10-0 victory over Fairmont at Bender Park last Thursday.
The Giants were leading 1-0 after two innings, and really blew the game wide open in the third.
The Giants used two singles, three walks, a stolen base, a wild pitch, two grounder’s choices and a sacrifice fly to plate a whopping six runs, pushing the lead to 7-0.
The final nail in Fairmont’s coffin was hammered in during the fifth inning, when a Fairmont error, Samantha Wilbright single and Borchardt walk loaded the bases. Fritz and Wilbright both scored on two wild pitches to Lindsay Welter, and Taylor Hartmann (running for Borchardt) scored on a Bemmels grounder to end the game via the 10-run rule.
The Giants pitched a no-hitter, with Brandt striking out 11 batters in four innings of work. Rhyan Fritz pitched one inning, striking out one.