Fargo North sweep Devils Lake in a Eastern Dakota Conference softball doubleheader.
Mother Nature made herself known Thursday, April 25, in Devils Lake, kicking up dust from the softball field at the Sports Complex and making it unpleasant for players and fans alike. Fargo North made the day that more miserable for the Firebirds.
The Spartans overcame the elements to come away with the sweep of Devils Lake in an Eastern Dakota Conference doubleheader.
The Spartans scored at least one run in every inning in the first game, Already ahead 1-0, Fargo North’s Sophie Cody led off the second inning with a double and Gabi Olek followed with a single to put two on. Both Cody and Olek scored with one out and with two outs and runners second and third, Sam Martin’s two-run single made the score 5-0.
The Firebirds cut the deficit to within two back in the bottom of the second. With the bases loaded, both Cassidy Sanderson and Bridgette Harkness scored on passed balls with one out, and with two outs. Abbey Olson came across on another passed ball for a three run inning.
North added four runs in the top of the third. After pinch runner Sami Sanford scored, a two-run double by Alexa Hamre that scored Cody and Olek. Hamre would later score to make increase the margin to 9-3.
The Spartans added six runs in the fourth inning and four runs in the top of the fifth to 10-run rule the Firebirds, winning the first game 19-3 in five.
Fargo North 8,
Devils Lake 1
The Spartans (3-4, 3-2 EDC) built a three run advantage after three innings but Karli Krogfoss RBI double that scored Sanderson in the bottom of the fourth inning got the Firebirds (1-4) to within two runs.
North’s Ava Kalbrener knocked in Sanford who led off the the fifth inning by reaching on an error and then Sam Martin put the game out of reach with a two-run home run over the left center fence that gave the Spartans a five run cushion.
The Spartans added two runs in the sixth.
The Firebirds will be back at home Tuesday, April 30, when they host Fargo Davies. Opening pitch is scheduled for 4:30 p.m.
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