Softball bounces back from lopsided losses
by daVE pedersen
Delano baseball has displayed some strong pitching and hitting power in winning the first three games of the season.
The Tigers opened last week with a 5-0 shutout of Orono. Pitcher Tyler Hannon allowed three hits in five innings while Kurt Burley and Taylor Larson each worked one inning in the shutout.
“We played solid defense behind great pitching,” said coach Dan Paulson. “Our guys turned the delay into a positive and we were really excited to get out and play. It showed in their performance.”
Delano followed with a double header sweep of Mound-Westonka Thursday. Senior Zach Muchenhirn pitched a five-inning one-hitter in the 11-0 victory, notching eight strikeouts.
Toby Hanson and Christian Triplett both batted 2 for 3 with home runs. Hunter Hart drove in three runs with a homer. Jon Dahl, Justin Oja and Brett Norling had two hits each.
In the 9-5 victory over MW, Adam Schleper started on the mound, going five and two-thirds innings, allowing two earned runs on seven hits. Nate Myers and Hanson pitched in relief. Hart was 2 for 4 with 3 RBIs and Triplet was 2 for 3.
A busy stretch of games finds the team at No. 1-ranked Holy Family Thursday, May 9, at Annandale Friday, May 10 and at Dassel-Cokato Saturday, May 11. Delano is home to Glencoe-Silver Lake Tuesday, May 14 before hosting the Tiger tournament May 16-17.
Softball bounces back
What a difference a day made for Delano’s softball team last week when losing to Orono twice by 12-0 scores, before bouncing back to dominate Mound-Westonka 15-4 and 15-5.
“We knew going into the game that Orono was going to be tough, but did I think we would get shut out both games,” said coach Teresa Spurzem. “No! We should never be shut out with all the good hitters we have. We just couldn’t execute when we had runners on base.”
Spurzem said the players are determined this won’t happen again and proved it against MW by scoring 30 runs in eight innings. In the 15-5 win, Ellie Rizor batted 4 for 5, Makenna Giese was 3 for 5 with a home run and 5 RBIs and Sam Noetzelman was 2 for 4 with a homer. Giese pitched the win, allowing six hits.
In the 15-4 triumph, home runs were blasted by Katie Emmer and McKenzie Maxell. Katie Vatnsdal allowed seven hits on the mound. Emmer and Savanah Bettin both went 2 for 3, driving in three runs each. Giese also collected two hits.
The Tigers play at home against Holy Family May 9 and against Annandale May 10 before going to GSL May 14 and Hutchinson May 16.
Peters paces golfers
The next boys and girls golf event is Thursday, May 9 at Pebble Creek for a preview of the section meet.
Last week the boys finally started the spring season by placing third in a Wright County Conference meet at Annandale. Orono placed first at 151 strokes, followed by New London-Spicer at 152 and Delano at 155.
“We were very excited and pleased with the third place finish,” said Jon Moen about the 11-team event. “Our conference is extremely competitive so any top finish like that is an accomplishment. This is a year where you could finish in the top three one day and the bottom three the next, so we need to play as consistent as possible.”
Senior Jordan Peters finished shot 34 to finish second behind Waconia’s Matt Rachey, who shot 33. Seth MacLeod and Austin vanSytzama both shot rounds of 40 and Ben Nesenson shot 40 as the top four golfers count for the team score. Both Matt Peterson and Michael Bartos shot 46.
In the next league event last Thursday, Peters shot 37 to win the meet by a stroke over Rachey, while the team took fifth. Next came MacLeod (42), Peterson (45) and both Nesenson and vanSytzama both at 46.
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