MMCRU beats RSM for second time to advance in regionals

Thursday, July 23, 2020
Above, MMCRU’s Haley Schwarz fields the ball and throws to first for the out against RSM on Monday, July 13. Schwarz went 3-for-3 at the plate with a walk and drove in a run.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

REMSEN — While not the home team on the scoreboard, MMCRU Head Coach Kayla Means said the atmosphere at the Remsen Sunrise Park field they share part-time with Remsen St. Mary’s made her team feel right at home.

“We knew it was going to be a fun atmosphere coming into this game being we also play on this field as a home field, it’s their home field,” Means said. “The atmosphere was fun to play in. I thought the girls did a really good job finally getting on the bats there in the seventh inning.”

While the Royals trailed entering the seventh inning, they scored six runs in the frame to pull in front for a 9-4 victory in the first round of Class 1A regional action Monday, July 13.

Above, MMCRU’s Kristina Goth makes contact with the ball. She finished with two hits, a sacrifice and drove in a run.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

Faith Olson got the rally started with a double and a Kristina Goth RBI single up the middle tied the game 4-4 as she advanced to second on the throw home. Haley Schwarz drew an intentional free pass and a Kaelee Letsche single up the middle put the Royals in front. Mya Holmes singled again to load the bases and Molly Reuter knocked one into left center to make it 6-4. The inning continued as Kirsten Letsche singled to left to score another and two more runs scored as Isabelle Olson reached on an error.

“Right before the inning I told Coach Spieler, ‘I’m glad we’re going to hit 9-1-2 this next inning,’” Means said. “The girls knew we were in a good spot to score some runs and they knew that they could hit this pitcher. They just finally got the timing on it and put the ball in play.”

The game was a defensive battle for the first half as the only run to score in the first four innings came on an RBI single in the top of the first for Schwarz, part of her 3-for-3 night.

Above, Lexie Delperdang scores a run for Remsen St. Mary's after she doubled in the fifth inning.
(Sentinel Photo By Allen Hamil)

RSM plated all four of their runs in the fifth inning. Lexie Delperdang started off the scoring stretch with a double and Ana Conover reached by getting hit by a pitch. Sydney Schroeder squeezed home the first run with a bunt single and the Hawks took the lead on a ball to the backstop. Carmindee Ricke singled to left to make it 3-1 and a sacrifice fly for Ashley Willman put the RSM lead up to three.

“You can’t do much about it when you hit the ball hard. That’s all you can ask for,” RSM Head Coach Monte Harpenau said of his team who made solid contact most of the night but saw many of their batted balls go right to MMCRU fielders. “We had them rattled and they just calmed down and they got out of it and held us from there. Give them credit, they kept battling even when we got on top of them.”

MMCRU got two runs back in the sixth on a Holmes RBI fielder’s choice and a Caitlyn Evans bloop infield fly which dropped as the runners advanced.

RSM had an opportunity to come back in the bottom of the seventh, starting the frame with the bases loaded and nobody out, but the Royals got out of the inning with no runs scoring as a force out at home, pop out to the pitcher and strikeout ended the game.

Remsen St. Mary’s ends the season with a 10-3 record with two of the losses coming to the Royals as they lost their first game of the season to MMCRU by a 6-0 score. While the loss stings now, with everyone set to return next year except for senior Willman, the Hawks have reason for optimism in the future.

“We lose Ashley who’s a great catcher and I feel bad for her, with the great season we had, to lose in the first round,” Harpenau said. “The rest of the girls, I told them there’s a lot of work to do to get better for next year, but when you’re returning nine out of the 10 you start, it’s pretty promising.”

MMCRU will take a 4-6 record to the next round where they host Fort Dodge St. Edmond (5-9) who also picked up an upset win by knocking off a GTRA team who was 15-3 entering regionals by a 4-2 score in eight innings.

“Anyone can beat anyone, especially in this sport,” Means said. “I think they’re going to come in to compete just like any other team.”

Wednesday’s (July 15) quarterfinal round game will be held in Cleghorn.

MMCRU1 0 0 0 0 2 69
RSM0 0 0 0 4 0 04

MMCRU: Hits- 12; Walks- 3; 2B- F. Olson, Schwarz; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Goth, Schwarz, Ka. Letsche, Holmes, Ki. Letsche; Pitching: Molly Reuter (W)- 7 IP, 7 H, 4 R, 3 ER, 3 BB, 1 K.

RSM: Hits- 7; Walks- 3; 2B- Delperdang, S. Schroeder; 3B- None; HR- None; RBI- Ricke, S. Schroeder; Pitching: Marina Cronin (L)- 7 IP, 12 H, 9 R, 7 ER, 3 BB, 4 Ks.