Graettinger/Terril Knights Advance With Pair of Wins
GRAETTINGER – Graettinger/Terril’s Knights ended the softball season for Ruthven-Ayrshire last Wednesday night in Class 1A Regional Tournament softball, but not before Ruthven-Ayrshire gave the Knights a good battle in the a 3-0 decision.
“We weren’t patient at the plate at all,” said Graettinger/Terril coach Stephanie Hanson.
The Knights scored all three of their runs in the third inning. Lindsay Flaharty led off with a single up the middle followed by a hit from Dakota Hovinga. Flaharty scored when Amanda Oleson grounded out to the shortstop.
Theresa Petersen drew a walk and continued on to second, catching the Raiders off-guard. A throw to second got through, allowing Hovinga to score and Petersen to go to third. Petersen would then score when Maddy Schany reached on an error.
For the Knights, Dakota Hovinga was 1-1 while Morgan Mathews, Lindsay Flaharty and Malorie Girres all went 1-2.
Malorie Girres earned the win on the mound, as she gave up eight hits while striking out one and walking three RA batters.
After the first round win on Wednesday, Graettinger/Terril came up with a big inning that they battled back from to earn a thrilling 4-3 win in eight innings over Harris-Lake Park on Friday.
Against H-LP, Graettinger/Terril jumped out to the early lead with a run in the bottom of the first inning.
Amanda Oleson reached on a walk, went to second when Theresa Petersen grounded out and to third when Tasha Neilson reached on an error and Maddy Schany, who was 4-4 on the night, singled up the middle to score the run.
H-LP tied the game up in the third inning, but the Knights plated two more in the fifth for a 3-1 advantage.
Oleson reached on an error followed by three straight singles from Petersen, Neilson and Schany. Oleson scored on Schany’s hit. A one-out sacrifice fly to center field by Malorie Girres scored the second run.
Harris-Lake Park had its big inning in the top of the seventh, tying the game at 3-3 with two runs.
Graettinger/Terril was unable to match the effort in the bottom of the seventh, and the game entered the eighth inning.
The Knights played solid defense and kept the Wolves from doing any more damage in the top of hte eighth.
After Lindsay Flaharty got on base and the Knights went down two outs, Dakota Hovinga stepped to the plate and planted the bat squarely on the boll for a double to left center field that brought Flaharty home for the game-winning run.
Girres earned the win on the mound. She gave up seven hits with four strikeouts and two walks.
At the plate, Neilson was 2-4 while Petersen and Girres each went 1-4 and Hovinga was 1-5.
The Knights advanced to the 1A Regional Semi-final in Swea City Monday night to meet old nemesis North Sentral Kossuth.
NSK defeated Graettinger/Terril in their meeting this season by a 13-1 score.
“If we play with confidence like we did tonight, we should be able to play with them,” said Hanson. “We just couldn’t hit that night.”