FHS Softball team takes two from once-beaten St. Louis
The Frankenmuth varsity softball team improved to 9-5 overall with a pair of victories against St. Louis on April 26.
The Lady Eagles secured wins of 8-0 and 11-8. Game time temperatures were around 40 degrees but that did not stymie the team’s efforts.
The Sharks entered the game with only one loss on the season.
“I thought this was the most complete game we have played this season in all facets of the game – pitching, defense and offense,” FHS Coach Brad Walraven said. 𠇎verything was working in this game.”
‘Muth opened the scoring in the first inning with two outs. Back-to-back singles by Kaylee Kujat and Carmen Izzo placed runners on first and second base and Laura Farnsworth followed with a two-RBI double. Ivy Holland stepped to the plate and singled home Farnsworth for a 3-0 lead.
In the third inning, Izzo singled, an error took place and Holland drove in Izzo on a base hit. Savannah Baker belted a sacrifice fly to bring in Holland. Madison Jammer followed with a single, Anne Matzke pinch ran for her and Hannah Karwat cracked a double to make the score 7-0.
In the top of the fourth inning, Kujat was issued a lead-off walk, Izzo singled her to second base and Farnsworth picked up her second double for the eighth and final run.
Jammer earned the complete-game victory, with help from good Lady Eagle defense. Jammer walked two, struck out three and scattered three hits.
“St. Louis did not get their first base hit until the fourth inning. The only inning where the Sharks had more than one base runner was the bottom of the sixth inning,” Walraven said.
“Hopefully we can build on this game. Madison was effective mainly because she was able to get ahead in the count and work her other pitches. Defensively, Savannah threw out two runners attempting to steal and Hannah had three assists and three putouts,” Walraven pointed out.
Holland and Izzo had three hits each, with Holland adding two RBIs. Karwat and Farnsworth each had a pair of doubles, with the latter posting three RBIs and a walk. Jammer helped her cause with two hits and Mya Bellinger and Kujat had one hit apiece.
In the nightcap, the Sharks were the visiting team and they quickly plated four runs in the first inning.
Frankenmuth battled back with three runs in the bottom of the first inning. Bellinger and Kujat singled. With runners on first and third, Kujat stole second base and Izzo followed with a two-RBI single. Farnsworth doubled Izzo to third base and she scored on a ground out by Holland.
In the bottom of the second inning, the Lady Eagles took a 7-4 lead on RBI hits by Bellinger (two RBIs), Izzo and a sacrifice fly by Farnsworth. Karwat swatted a two-run home run in the third inning and Baker smacked a two-run homer in the fourth inning.
With an 11-6 lead in the top of the sixth inning, the Sharks loaded the bases for the clean-up hitter.
“The inning earlier she took Madison deep for a two-run home run,” Walraven recalled. 𠇋ut this time Madison got the better of the match up as she struck her out and the fifth batter as well to get out of the jam.”
Jammer got the win in relief, walking one and fanning four. Kujat had four hits, two runs and two stolen bases to pace the offense. Bellinger posted two runs and two RBIs, Izzo amassed three RBIs and Jammer helped her cause with two hits, two runs and stolen base. Farnsworth, Baker and Claire Breinager each had one hit.
“It wasn’t a perfect game by far but for a character-building game,” Walraven said. spite the cold weather, we came out business like in the first game and played it exactly the way it is supposed to be played.”
‘Muth will travel to nonconference Reese for a 4pm twinbill on Thursday, May 4, host Tri-Valley Conference East Division school North Branch for a 4pm doubleheader on Friday, May 6 and head to Caro for a 4pm twinbill on Tuesday, May 10.
Birch Run rounds off the week when they visit the Lady Eagles on Friday, May 13, at 4pm.