Meatloaf once sang, “Two out of three ain’t bad,” and that was certainly the case for the Upsala girls softball team, who won two of its last three contests.
After falling 8-2 to Browerville-Eagle Valley, April 22, the Cardinals bounced back with big non-conference wins over Staples-Motley and Clinton-Graceville-Beardsley.
In the win over the SM Cardinals, Monday. the Upsala offense sprang out to an early lead, scoring 15 runs in the first three innings.
The Cardinals rapped an outrageous 20 hits in the contest, led by Isabelle Leners, who went 5-for-5 with four runs and five RBIs.
Junior Taylor Soltis was also 5-for-5 with four runs scored. Gracie Leners had three hits (two doubles) and drove in three. Finally, Molly Leners went 2-for-3 with three runs and two RBIs.
The Cardinals followed that win with an equally impressive 16-5 victory over CGB, Tuesday.
Again it was Isabelle Leners with the strong game, going 4-for-4 with four runs, a double and two RBIs. Molly Leners also scored four times and drove in two.
Gracie Leners was 3-for-4 with five RBIs.
In the loss to BEV, the Cardinals were led by Molly Leners, who scored twice and rapped a pair of hits, including a double.
Next for Upsala (3-2) is a home game with Hinckley-Finlayson, Monday.
Swanville’s lone game of the week was a 9-1 loss to Long Prairie-Grey Eagle, Monday.
“We hung with them most of the game with the score being 3-1 going into the bottom of the sixth, but they hit the ball very well and were able to stretch their lead by six more runs,” said Bulldogs head coach Liz Schafer.
Junior Mackenzie Morris led the way for Swanville with three hits. Freshman Jasmine Johnson had two hits, and fellow freshman Karley Loven had an RBI single.
Seventh grade pitcher Avery Douglas struck out eight in the loss.