Albert Lea softball team swept at East

Published 6:14 am Friday, May 8, 2015

Reeling from injuries, the Albert Lea softball team was swept in a doubleheader.

The Tigers lost 14-4 in Game 1 and 11-0 in Game 2 Thursday at Mankato East.

Albert Lea played without ace pitcher Haley Harms, who is done for the season with a broken ankle, and starting catcher Veronica Silva.

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The duo was injured in a collision Tuesday during a 7-5 loss Tuesday at Owatonna.

In Game 1, the Tigers erased a two-run deficit home runs by Kassi Hardies and Taylor Thompson.

“That was the bright spot,” said Albert Lea coach Dan Harms. “Taylor’s birthday is (today), so that was a nice present for her.”

Although Harms, who had a .431 batting average, was out, the Tigers had three other batters who average over .400: Thompson, Hardies and Allison Grandstrand. However, the Tigers only managed three hits.

Albert Lea’s production was lean at the plate in Game 2 with one hit.

“Pitching for East was not dominating,” coach Harms said. “We just weren’t putting many quality at-bats together in either game.”

Hanna Schilling pitched both games for the Tigers. She faced 85 batters.

Next, Albert Lea (8-8, 4-5 Big Nine) will play at 5 p.m. Tuesday at Winona (9-7, 5-2 Big Nine).