Two victories in three outings last week left the Tigers softball team 5-1 overall on the season and 3-1 in the Minnesota River Conference.
The Tigers are chasing LeSueur-Henderson (6-0 MRC, 8-0). The Giants are the MRC favorites and have outscored its opponents 88-6 in six conference games.
The Tigers will welcome LS-H for a doubleheader on Tuesday, May 11, starting at 4 p.m.
Before that, Belle Plaine travels to Maple River on Tuesday, May 4 (result unavailable at press time), and Tri-City United on Thursday, May 6, for a 5 p.m. start.
Waseca will entertain Belle Plaine on Saturday, May 8, at noon, and the Tigers travel to Sibley East on Monday, May 10, for another MRC contest.
Tigers 8, St. Clair/Loyola 0
Bemmels struck out 17 St. Clair/Loyola batters, allowing just two hits and a walk as the Tigers scored an 8-0 victory on Friday in St. Clair.
Johnson, Chard, and Fahey had three hits apiece, and the Tigers took advantage of 15 base on balls.
“The team as a whole had a lot of patient at-bats,” said Coach Brent Jaeger. “We left a lot of runners on base and are in need of a few more hits in clutch situations.”
Tigers 10, NYA 0
Ciara Fahey pitched a five inning shutout, fanning seven while allowing only two hits as the Tigers defeated Norwood Young America (3-2, 5-3) in game one of an MRC doubleheader last Thursday, April 29.
“Getting both superb pitching from Fahey and good defense from her teammates were key in the game one win,” said Coach Brent Jaeger.
Lauren Johnson delivered a 3-of-3 with a double, Brooke McGlinchey had a grand slam home run, and Cameron Chard and Brianna Swenson had two hits each.
“We got a lot of good at-bats throughout the whole lineup,” Jaeger said.
It was the Tigers’ first victory over NYA since at least 2015, a stretch of eight straight games.
NYA 11, Tigers 8
Norwood Young America jumped on Tiger freshman Sienna Bemmels for six runs through three innings. Bemmels did fan three batters. Fahey allowed five runs on six hits, as NYA jumped to an early advantage to salvage a split of the double-dip.
“We ended up getting down early and just couldn’t quite score enough runs in the late innings,” said Jaeger. “We still had a few mistakes that cost us, but the girls did a great job of continuing to battle at the plate even though things weren’t going well in the early stages.”
McGlinchey, Walter, and Bemmels had two hits apiece, and everyone in the Tigers’ lineup had at least one hit.
“It’s nice to see both the top and bottom of the batting order contributing,” added Jaeger.
BPHS Girls Softball Team Schedule and Results
W - April 15: BP 3, TCU 1
April 19 @ Janesville-Waldorf-Pemberton High School - Canceled
W - April 20: BP 9, SE 3
W - April 23: BP 13, Maple River 0
W/ L -April 29: BP 10, NYA 0/ NYA 11, BP 8
W - April 30: BP 8, St. Clair/Loyola 0
May 4: 5 p.m. @ Maple River
May 6: 5 p.m. @ TCU
May 8: 12 p.m. vs. Waseca
May 10: 5 p.m. @ SE
May 11: 4 p.m. vs. LSH
May 13: 5:30 p.m. @ New Ulm
May 17: 4:30 @ Glencoe-Silver Lake
May 18: 5 p.m. vs. Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial
May 20: 5 p.m. vs. Lester Prairie
May 25: 4 p.m. vs. ML @ Lindstrom Park, New Germany
Softball 2021 Standings
Belle Plaine..................3-1, 5-1
Mayer Lthrn.................2-4, 4-7
Sibley East...................1-4, 3-7
LS-H 18-12, Mayer Lthrn 0-1
TCU 30-15, Mayer Lthrn 13-5
Mayer Lthrn 8, Sibley East 2
Mayer Lthrn 11, Lester Prairie 10
Belle Plaine 8, St. Clair/Loyola 0
Belle Plaine 10-8, NYA 0-11
Mayer Lthrn 14, St. Clair/Loyola 4