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Panthers win Lourdes Invitational

April 30, 2014
By Mark Dunnett of Lakeville North Softball

Lakeville traveled to Rochester last weekend to play in the Lourdes Invitational. They faced Stewartville, John Marshall, and Cambridge-Isanti. The Panthers won all three games, scoring 37 runs, while giving up just 4.

The chilly first game was against Sterwartville. Margaret Dunnett singled, and she scored when Madison Andrews reached on an error. The score remained 1-0 until the bottom of the 5th inning when the Panthers scored six runs. Erika Rozell had three hits for the game, and Dunnett and Jess Meidl each had two. Katie Parker drive in two runs on her single.

Michaela Zins pitched six shutout innings for the win. Zins struck out eleven batters, while giving up no hits and four walks. Kia Brown came in for the seventh inning and shut the door. The two pitchers combined for a no-hitter.

The line on the game: Lakeville scored seven runs on nine hits, walking three times and striking out four. Stewartville had two errors and Lakeville stole two bases. For Sterwartville, they had no runs, no hits, four walks and struck out twelve times.

The second game was against the John Marshall Rockets. The Panthers scored three in the first inning and didn't look back. Erika Rozell, Margaret Dunnett, Hailey Forshee, and Chloe Saholt all had two hits. Katie Parker hit a triple, scoring two runs. Tera McKenney and Forshee also had two RBIs apiece.

In the circle, Dunnett pitched the first five innings, holding the Rockets to no runs on six hits, with a walk and five strikeouts. Forshee came in for relief in the sixth to cement the shutout.

The line against the Rockets: Lakeville scored ten runs on thirteen hits and two walks, with seven strikeouts. The Rockets committed four errors, and Lakeville stole 5 bases. For JM, no runs, six hits, two walks, and five strikeouts.

The Panthers met Cambridge-Isanti in the Championship game, after C-I beat Rochester Mayo to advance. Lakeville had a swing fest, scoring eleven runs in the first at-bat. The Panthers hit five doubles in the inning, by Margaret Dunnett, Chloe Saholt, Jess Meidl, Erika Rozell, and Katie Parker. Tera McKenney also had a two-run homerun.

Rozell and Amanda Moncelle each hit doubles later in the game, and Michaela Zins homered in the fourth. Seven Panthers had a multi-hit game: Parker, Rozell, McKenney, Dunnett, Zins, Moncelle, and Madison Andrews.

Zins was tough again, pitching the the first three innings against the Bluejackets, allowing one run on no hits, a walk, and five strikeouts. Kia Brown came for the fourth, allowing a run on two hits and a walk, with a strikeout. Hailey Forshee sinished the game, allowing two runs on two hits.

Nice job girls! Congratulations!

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