NEW ULM - Springfield managed to score a run in all six innings as it defeated Minnesota Valley Lutheran 14-1 in six innings in its Tomahawk Conference softball season opener.
Junior Jenny Thoreson got things going for the Tigers right away with a leadoff double to start the game. Thoreson's double was a line shot to left field which one-hopped the fence.
"It was a good pitch to hit," Thoreson said. "I just saw a good opportunity and I took it. It was definitely a confidence booster for me."
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Springfield’s Jordyn Menage drops down a sacrifice bunt during the Tigers’ win at Minnesota Valley Lutheran Monday.
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After advancing to third on a wild pitch, Natalie Timm scored Thoreson with an RBI ground out to secure the lead for good.
Springfield added two more runs in the top of the second to extend its lead to 3-0.
MVL scored its lone run in the bottom of the second inning when Mary Kate Santelman started things off reaching on an error. Kayla Perry's single advanced her to third, and she scored on an RBI by Molly Maasz.
Spectacular pitching by Molly Dunn kept the Chargers from doing much offensively. Dunn earned the win and gave up just the one run on two hits.
"We have a great pitcher in Molly Dunn," Thoreson said. "She was throwing beautifully today, and you just can't stop that."
Springfield scored 11 unanswered runs over the final four innings to secure the victory.
"We knew Springfield was going to be a good team coming in, and they showed that," Biedenbender said.
Good hitting, combined with some defensive blunders by MVL, led to the Tigers' offensive success.
Thoreson led the Tigers at the plate going 2-for-5 with a double, while Sonia Fiedler was 2-for-3 with two walks.
Karissa Schlottman got the loss on the mound for the Chargers. She pitched all six innings and gave up 14 runs.
The Chargers were led offensively by Jordan Marotz going 2-for-3 with a walk.
Springfield (1-0) hosts Sleepy Eye Tuesday, while MVL (0-1) travels to take on Wabasso on Thursday.