By Harry Lipsiea
So close. That's been a phrase heard often in the dugout of the Devils Lake softball team this season. Tuesday was no different as the Firebirds again played very well against an EDC Foe. On the road against Fargo Shanley for a pair of conference contests, the away team put themselves in a good position during both games.
By Harry Lipsiea So close. That's been a phrase heard often in the dugout of the Devils Lake softball team this season. Tuesday was no different as the Firebirds again played very well against an EDC Foe. On the road against Fargo Shanley for a pair of conference contests, the away team put themselves in a good position during both games.
Devils Lake, however, fell just short to the Deacons on both occasions. In the first game, the home team pulled out an air-tight 4-3 victory. Shanley continued its winning ways in the nightcap with an 8-6 nail-biter. With the loss, the Firebirds fall to 2-11 overall and 2-7 in the conference.
That record, however, is deceiving as the team has been within striking distance in nearly every encounter it has played in. The first game of the day was particularly disappointing as the Firebirds held a three-run lead late in the matchup.
With the game knotted at 0-0, Devils Lake struck first blood in the visitor's half of the sixth. Outfielder Hannah Pesek got it all started with a single to right center. Pesek and teammate Miriah Yoder, who was hit by the pitch, scored as Maddie Eriksson drove a double past the centerfielder to give her team a 2-0 advantage. Krista Waldo picked up an RBI with a sacrifice bunt bringing in Eriksson to make the score 3-0 in favor of the visiting Firebirds.
The Deacons responded with three runs of their own on a run-scoring single and triple to tie the game up at three. After Devils Lake was unable to plate any runs in the seventh, Shanley scored the winning run in the bottom of the frame off a defensive error. The home team earned the 4-3 victory.
The Firebirds outhit Shanley 9-6 in the loss. Pesek led the squad with three hits. Erickson added two hits and two RBIs. Yoder, Alyssa Hornstein, Jenna Windjue and Waldo each had basehits in the game. In the nightcap, the Deacons took control early with three runs in the first and one in the second to take a 4-0 lead after a pair of innings.
It didn't take long for Devils Lake to respond, however, as hits by Waldon, Hornstein and Mariah Fixen helped the team score three in the fourth and two in the fifth to take a 5-4 lead. Shanley answered back with two runs in the fifth to gain a 6-5 advantage after five innings. Devils Lake tied the game back up at six with a run in the top of the sixth.
The Deacons kept pushing offensively scoring two more runs in the bottom of the inning. Down 8-6, Devils Lake was unable to get anything in the seventh. Shanley earned the two-run victory. Yoder, Fixen, Eriksson, Hornstein, Waldo, Jessee Rude and Kristen Almen each had a hit for the Firebirds.
Rude, Waldo and Almen each drove in runs for the squad. Devils Lake is now preparing for a home game against Red River at 1 p.m. on Saturday.