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Le Mars coasts to 5-1 win at MOC-FV

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

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(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Le Mars Community junior third baseman Emily Pick singles Tuesday at MOC-Floyd Valley.
ORANGE CITY -- The Lady Bulldogs jumped out to a four-run lead early, and that was more than enough support for Molly Renken.

Renken held the MOC-Floyd Valley offense to just two hits in a 5-1 victory for the Le Mars Community softball team on Tuesday in Orange City.

After the Lady 'Dogs (16-4) went down in order in the top of the first, Madison Heidebrink got things going in the second inning with a leadoff single. Renken followed with a walk.

Janessa Milbrodt laid down a sacrifice bunt to put runners at second and third with one out. Emily Pick then hit a two-run single to right field to give the Lady 'Dogs a 2-0 lead.

Kylee Lang kept the rally going with a single that moved Pick all the way to third, and she later scored on a passed ball. After Kennedy Rolfes' ground out moved Lang to third, she scored when Ashley Phelan reached on an error by the third baseman.

"We kind of jumped on them right away and got some runs," Le Mars coach Doug Heidebrink said. "That was big."

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(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Le Mars Community sophomore Madison Heidebrink singles Tuesday against MOC-Floyd Valley.
Other than back-to-back singles by Emily Ellefson and Heidebrink in the fifth inning, which produced the fifth run of the game, the Lady 'Dogs' bats were quiet for the rest of the night.

"Molly was throwing well, so we jumped ahead and just kind of coasted a little bit," Heidebrink said. "Kind of put our backs on her, and she did well. But we need to score a few more runs than that."

Renken rolled through the Lady Dutch lineup with ease. She had a no-hitter through four and one-third innings. A walk and single in the fifth inning led to a sacrifice fly by the Lady Dutch's Michaela Goergen for their only run.

Renken pitched six innings and allowed one earned run on two hits. She struck out 11 and walked four.

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(Sentinel photo by Jason Cox) Molly Renken throws in a pitch Tuesday for Le Mars against MOC-Floyd Valley.
"She had the curve ball and screw ball working big," Heidebrink said. "Her changeup worked good tonight too, so that was kind of different."

Milbrodt came in to pitch the seventh, and she threw a perfect inning with one strikeout.

The Lady 'Dogs combined for six hits. Heidebrink led the offense with two hits and an RBI.

Le Mars will play again Wednesday at Estherville-Lincoln Central.



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