By Dave Clark
Journal Sports Writer
NEW ULM - The strikeouts for Gibbon-Fairfax-Winthrop pitcher Erin McDurmont equalled the number of errors by the Minnesota Valley Lutheran Chargers softball team.
So there was no surprise when the final score wound up being 18-0 in the Thunderbirds' favor, as they took advantage of most of those errors and the Chargers managed just four baserunners against McDurmont.
"Erin throws well and is a consistent thrower," GFW coach Scott Magnusson said of his 3-2 team. "She has a new catcher (Lindsay Miller) who calls all the pitches. We relaxed as the game went on and started hitting, too."
MVL coach Dave Biedenbender said his team was aware of McDurmont's talent.
"We knew Erin was a great pitcher," Biedenbender said after watching the Chargers drop to 0-8. "She did a really nice job and they took advantage of our miscues."
After taking a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, the Thunderbirds struck four more times in the top of the second. A single to left by Karleen Troska knocked in two runs, while a popup hit by McDurmont with the bases loaded dropped between two infielders who were undecided on catching, which brought home two more.
Two more Chargers errors, a passed ball and a single by Aly Black in the top of the fourth helped GFW make it 7-0. But the backbreaker for MVL came in the top of the sixth, when 17 Thunderbirds came to the plate.
Morgan Wenninger started things off with a single to right, followed by a fly ball from McDurmont that fell between two outfielders. A bad throw to third went to the fence, putting runners at second and third.
The third error of the inning allowed Wenninger to score. A single by Korine Schuette plated two more, while a dropped fly and another throwing error kept the runners moving until a bases-loaded walk pushed the score to 13-0.
The final five runs scored on a third throwing error, another single from Schuette that gave her four runs batted in for the inning and a single by Megan Hahn that brought home the final two to make it 18-0.
Charlotte Pfingsten and Kayla Perry were the only two Chargers with hits, with Pfingsten reaching third in the third inning.
Schuette and Jessica Bode were 4-for-5 for GFW, while Black was 3-for-4.
GFW resumes action on Thursday with a doubleheader against Buffalo Lake-Hector-Stewart at 4:30 p.m. in Winthrop, while MVL hosts Sleepy Eye St. Mary's at 4:30 p.m. Thursday in a doubleheader.