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Anoka loses opener versus Maple Grove Crimson
April 21, 2014By Anoka Softball of Anoka Fast Pitch Softball
It was a bitterly cold evening in Maple Grove with a game time temperature of 38° and the wind out of the Northwest at about 25mph. Tonight’s game featured the same two pitchers from last year’s conference championship barn burner which Maple Grove won 1-0 in 9 innings. Unlike last season’s matchup, scoring started almost immediately. Anoka went down in order in the top of the first. In the bottom of the first Maple Grove’s leadoff hitter drew a walk. With one out, Maple Grove’s number three hitter connected for a two run home run to start the scoring. The top of the second was no better for Anoka with all three batters retired in order. In the bottom of the frame, Anoka’s Megan Lindenfelser seemed to settle in and Anoka sat the Crimson down in order. The top of the third was another repeat for Anoka with no one reaching base. Again Anoka rolled through the bottom half of the inning shutting down the Crimson offense. In the top of the fourth, Anoka mounted its first threat with a two out single by Taylor Chell followed by a Megan Lindenfelser walk but the threat was ended with a ground out to second. In the fourth, Maple Grove came up with another home run to make the score 3-0. In the fifth, Anoka’s Monica Sjodin hit a one out single but again the Crimson defense rose to the task shutting down the Tornadoes. In the bottom of the fifth, the Crimson went down in order. In the top of the sixth, Taylor Chell led off with hard line drive double to the fence. Megan Lindenfelser followed her with a walk. Morgan Paaverud hit a ground ball to second which was over thrown allowing Taylor to score but that was it for the inning. In the bottom on the sixth Maple Grove led off with a walk but went down in order after that. With one final opportunity to score in the top of the seventh, Anoka came up empty for a final score of 3-1.
Megan Lindenfelser pitched the distance for Anoka giving up 2 hits (both home runs) while striking out 9 over 6 innings of work.
Maple Grove’s Sydney Smith pitched the distance for the Crimson giving up 3 hits while striking out 10 in 7 innings of work.