Patriots lose twice at state softball tournament
The Pequot Lakes Patriots’ memorable season came to a sudden haul with a 4-1 loss to the Hermantown Hawks in the Class AA state quarterfinals, and an 11-0 loss to the St. Anthony Village Huskies in the state consolation semifinals on Thursday, June 6, at Caswell Park in North Mankato.
The Patriots, who finish 19-4 overall, were making their first appearance ever at state after recently winning the section 6AA title.
St. Anthony 11, Patriots 0
The Huskies jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first in the consolation semifinal when Kelly Larson drilled an RBI double, and Sarah Demars later connected for a two-out grand slam and depositing Katie White’s 3-ball, 2-strike pitch over the center field fence.
The hard-hitting Huskies added four more runs in the second Mary Clare Couillard singled home Aiyanna Ledwein and Rosie Robberstad later belted a three-run homer to make it 9-0.
The Patriots had their first hit in the bottom of the second when Hannah Zimmerman doubled, but she was stranded on the bases. Pequot Lakes managed just three more singles by Haley Wiebolt, Angela Cole and White for the remainder of the game against Demars.
St. Anthony Village added two insurance runs in the sixth inning with the aid of two errors. The game was called after six innings on the 10-run rule.
The Huskies were defeated by Kasson-Mantorville 5-0 in their quarterfinal game. St. Anthony Village had a 13-4 edge in hits.
Reba Snyder had three hits for the Huskies while Demars, Ledwein, Couillard and Kelly Lawson each had two hits.
“We were only a pitch away from getting out of that first inning just down 1-0 (before the grand slam),” said Pequot Lakes coach Bret Sergent said. “And then they scored four times in the second for a big lead. You just don’t make up a deficit like that when everyone is good down here at state. The season didn’t end like we wanted to, but it was a great year.”
Hermantown 4, Patriots 1
Pequot Lakes was defeated by the Hawks, and pitcher Katie Thun, who struck out 18 hitters while allowing just four hits. The Hawks scored single runs in the first, second, sixth and seventh innings. The Hawks threatened to have big innings in the third before Barb Miller made a diving catch in right field, and in the fifth when they lined into a double play.
The Patriots’ Wiebolt, Jessica Kreitz, Lindzee Johnson and Zimmerman each had singles. The closest Pequot Lakes came to an extra-base hit came on Zimmerman’s flew out to deep center.
MacKenzie Herzig was 4-for-4 with three bunt singles, for Hermantown while teammate Jordyn Thomas had three hits.
“(Thun) was the best pitcher we’ve seen this year,” Sergent said of the senior who will be playing for North Dakota State University on a scholarship next season, “but despite all the strikeouts, we were still in the game until the end. The score should have been 2-1 for Hermantown since we gave away a couple runs with mistakes in the first two innings.”
Hermantown was defeated by Kasson-Mantorville 6-1 in the semifinals. New Ulm then defeated Kasson-Mantorville 1-0 for the Class AA state championship.