MCAC Softball: Minnesota West splits with Riverland

The Minnesota West Lady Jays outlasted Riverland on Tuesday after six lead changes, squeaking out a 10-7 win at Worthington in Game 1 of their doubleheader with the Blue Devils.

The Lady Jays pulled out the win thanks to a strong sixth inning. Minnesota West went up for good on a two-run single by Rachael Evans off McKenzi Steinbrink, plating Tanner Gunnink and Taylor Wasmund.

Gunnink racked up three RBIs on two hits for Minnesota West. She singled in the fourth inning and doubled in the sixth inning.

Rebecca Kazemba got the win for Minnesota West Lady Jays Varsity despite allowing seven runs over seven innings. She struck out five, walked four and surrendered nine hits.

Steinbrink took the loss for Riverland Blue Devils. She allowed 10 runs in six innings, walked two and struck out two.

The top of the first saw Riverland Blue Devils take an early lead, 2-0. Riverland Blue Devils' rally started when Shayla Berkner doubled. Brooke Hemann singled, scoring Berkner. More runs came home for Riverland Blue Devils on an RBI single by Caycee Gilbertson.

Minnesota West Lady Jays survived Riverland Blue Devils' surge and put up three runs of its own in the fourth. Minnesota West scored on an RBI single by Becca Linder, an RBI single by Gunnink, and an RBI single by Kazemba.

Additional runs came from an RBI double by Gunnink and an RBI single by Taylor Noid.

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In Game 2 of the doubleheader, the Minnesota West Lady Jays lost 14-12 after a surprise rally turned a four-run fifth inning advantage into a Riverland Blue Devils victory at Worthington.

Even though Taylor Larsen allowed 12 runs over seven innings she still recorded the victory. She struck out five, walked two and surrendered 15 hits.

Riverland Blue Devils' Lamanda Johnson, Larsen, Brooke Hemann and Allison Sharp combined for nine hits and nine RBIs.

Taylor Wasmund was the game's losing pitcher. She allowed 14 runs in seven innings, walked five and struck out six.

In the top of the first, Riverland Blue Devils grabbed the early lead, 2-0. A single by Hemann, bringing home Keisha Berg and Sharp started the inning off.

Minnesota West got one-run rallies in the fourth inning and the seventh. In the fourth, Minnesota West Lady Jays Varsity scored on an RBI single by Taylor Wasmund, scoring Becca Linder.

It didn't take long for the Lady Jays to respond as it scored three runs of its own in the fifth. Minnesota West scored on an RBI triple by Linder.

Riverland Blue Devils never surrendered the lead after the sixth inning, scoring eight runs on a two-run double by Sharp and three singles.

Minnesota West trailed 14-11 going into the bottom of the 7th inning when a solo home run by Linder got the Lady Jays one more run before the final.

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