Tigers split doubleheader

Published 10:02 pm Tuesday, April 11, 2017

Albert Lea falls to Red Wing in Game 1, but rallies to take Game 2

The Albert Lea softball team took its 2-1 record on the road for its Big Nine Conference opener Tuesday afternoon in Red Wing.

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After losing the opening game, the Tigers rallied past the Wingers to win the second game.

Game 1

Albert Lea’s offense was held in check thanks to some strong defense by the Wingers.

Dayna Edwards found the outfield gap for a triple, then Liana Schallock knocked her in for the Tigers’ first run of the game. Later on, Samantha Skarstad would score Albert Lea’s second run of the game on a single from Mia Fjelsta. Red Wing would keep Albert Lea from scoring anymore runs and went on to win 7-2.

Albert Lea second baseman Taysha Sternhagen makes a throw to first base while trying to avoid a runner in Game 1 of a doubleheader against Red Wing. – Kyle Stevens/Red Wing Republican Eagle

Game 2

Albert Lea struck first with four runs in the first inning and never looked back.

Edwards hit a single, then stole second base. In doing so, she forced a throwing error by the Red Wing catcher. Seeing that, Edwards chugged toward third base and headed for home for the first run of the game.

Bethany Tennis would blast a homer for the Tigers in the top of the fourth inning to put Albert Lea up 6-0.

The Wingers made things interesting, though.

Red Wing scored three runs in the bottom of the seventh inning to close the gap to two runs at 8-6.

But that’s all Schallock would allow inside the circle, as she closed the door to notch her second win of the young season.

“We did a lot of good things tonight,” Tigers coach Casey Kortz said. “But once again, we learned a lot about ourselves in what we need to work on. It’s a lot of little stuff to make the big things happen and we were able to do that in the second game.”