Maddy Meulebroeck, above, had a big week at the plate, going 8-14 with 12 RBI, including a grand slam homer against NL-S.
Photos by Mark Beasley

May 9 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 18 NL-S 14

The Minnewaska softball team opened the week at New London-Spicer and came away with a wild 18-14 victory

By the end of three innings the Lakers held a 7-1 lead, but a big five-run fifth inning for the Wildcats tied the game up at 8-8.

The Lakers responded with seven runs in the bottom of the fifth. With one out Brenna Larson, Leslie Murken and Jenna Drewes each singled, with Larson and Murken scoring on the single by Drewes. Leah Hagen was hit by a pitch and Brooklyn Larson walked to load the bases.  A singe by Olivia Richards plated Drewes, bringing Maddy Meulebroeck to the plate. Meulebroeck drove a pitch over the fence for a grand slam home run, giving Minnewaska a 15-8 lead.

Both teams kept scoring and the Wildcats managed four runs in their half of the seventh inning, but it wasn’t enough to make up the deficit and the Lakers prevailed, 18-14.

Brooklyn Larson tallied three hits while Maddy Meulebroeck drove in six runs in the Lakers’ second win of the season.

NL-S    100 252 4 – 14 19 2 

Lakers  241 173 x – 18 17 4

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Brooklyn Larson 3-4 r-4 rbi-2, Olivia Richards 2-4 r-2 rbi-3, Maddy Meulebroeck 2-4 HR r rbi-6, Grace Larson 1-4 2b r, Ally Mogard 1-3, Brenna Larson 2-4 r-2, Leslie Murken 2-4 r-2, Jenna Drewes 2-2 r-4 rbi-2, Leah Hagen 2-3 2b r-2 rbi 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Brenna Larson (W) 7-19-14-10-4-1

May 10 @ Morris

Morris 12 Minnewaska 2

Minnewaska was playing in Morris on Tuesday, taking on the Tigers. Morris entered the game with only one loss on the season and sitting atop the WCC  with a perfect conference record.

The Lakers were in the game after a two-run top of the third tied the score, 2-2. But Morris would score the game’s next 10 runs to take a 12-2 victory in six innings.

Lakers   002 000 – 2 10 4 

Morris   112 413 – 12 13 2

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Olivia Richards 1-3 3b r, Maddy Meulebroeck 2-3 2b rbi, Ally Mogard 1-3 r, Grace Jensen 1-3, Riley Eischens 2-3, Leslie Murken 1-3 rbi, Leah Hagen 1-2, Jenna Drewes 1-2 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Grace Jensen (L) 5.2-13-12-10-11-3

May 13 @ Minnewaska

Minnewaska 13 

Montevideo 0  Game 1

Minnewaska and Montevideo managed to get their doubleheader in despite a weather delay that forced a location change. The Lakers and Thunderhawks were due to play in Montevideo on Thursday, but storms and heavy rain delayed the game one day. Wet fields in Monte meant the game had to move to the playable fields at Minnewaska.

The Lakers combined the one-hit pitching of Brenna Larson and the slugging of Olivia Richards and Maddy Meulebroeck to take a 13-0 win in game one.

Richards and Meulebroeck each had three hits and combined for nine RBI in the Lakers third win of the season.   

Monte  000 00 – 0  1 2 

Lakers 220 9x – 13 8 0

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Brooklyn Larson 1-2 r-3, Olivia Richards 3-3 2b 3b r-2 rbi-5, Maddy Meulebroeck 3-4 rbi-4, Ally Mogard 1-4 r rbi, Brenna Larson 1-3 2b r, Leslie Murken 1-3 r rbi-2, Grace Larson 1-2 r, Leah Hagen 1-3 r, Jenna Drewes 0-0 r-3 rbi 

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Brenna Larson (W) 5-1-0-0-1-0

May 13 @ Minnewaska

Montevideo 14 

Minnewaska 13  Game 2

In game two of the doubleheader the Thunderhawks appeared to be on their way to an easy victory after taking a 10-1 lead after three innings.

But Minnewaska scored 12 runs over the next four innings to grab a 13-12 lead heading into the bottom of the seventh inning.

Jenna Drewes and Leslie Murken scored on a two-out single by Emma Poegel in the top of the seventh to score the tying and go-ahead runs. It was the fourth and fifth RBIs by Poegel in the game.

Montevideo got a walk and two singles in the bottom of the inning to retake the lead and walk off with a 14-13 win. 

Emma Poegel had four hits and five RBI to power the Lakers’ rally. 

Minnewaska plays on three consecutive days in the upcoming week. On Tuesday the Lakers play at Sauk Centre, followed by a home game on Wednesday against Morris. On Thursday the Lakers will travel to play West Central. 

Lakers   100 361 2 – 13 14 0 

Monte    822 000 2 – 14 12 6

HITTING – Minnewaska:

Brooklyn Larson 3-4 r rbi, Olivia Richards 2-5 r, Maddy Meulebroeck 1-3 2b rbi, Riley Eischens 1-3 rbi, Jenna Drewes 2-5 r-2, Grace Jensen 2-4 r-2, Brenna Larson 1-3 2b r, Leslie Murken 2-3 2b r-3 rbi, Emma Poegel 4-5 rbi-5, Leah Hagen 2-4 r-2 rbi-3, Brenna Larson 0-0 r-2  

PITCHING (ip-h-r-er-bb-so)

Grace Jensen (L) 6-13-14-14-5-7