Free Sets School Record for Hits in Opening Losses
PLYMOUTH, Minn. - MLC senior Sarah Free started the season by setting the new career record for hits in her career, but it would not be enough to help the Knights from losing all three games at the North Central Tournament at the Plymouth Creek Dome Thursday.
Free entered the day with 123 hits, one behind previous record holder April Cook, who played for the Knights from 2007-10. Free finished the day with three hits, giving her 126 for her career, and also tied Amanda Schafer's school record for career doubles with 34.
Presentation outhit MLC 19-10 on the way to an 11-9 win in the season opener for the Knights.
The early going featured lots of runs for both teams, as MLC held an 8-7 lead after three innings. Jessica Henning had one of the big hits for the Knights with a two-run home run in the first inning.
Presentation would take the lead with a three-run fifth inning off MLC starter Laura Miller, and then held the Knights scoreless in each of the last three innings to hold on for the win.
Amber Krause, Stephanie Punke and Henning each had two hits for MLC.
MLC used a ten-run fourth inning to take a five-run lead, but was unable to hold on as North Central won game two 17-12.
A two-run home run by Emily Waldek was the long scoring MLC did in the first three innings, helping North Central hold a 7-2 lead, but the Knights exploded for ten runs in the fourth. Madeline Scott, Nicole Dorn and Free each had two hits in the inning for the Knights to give them the lead.
The Rams didn't blink, however, scoring four times in the bottom half of the inning, and then three more times in the fifth and sixth innings to get the five-point win.
Sara Willems got the start and picked up the loss for MLC, allowing 14 runs on 15 hits in 4.1 innings.
MLC had two big innings, but it wouldn't be enough in a 10-9 loss to Maranatha in the final game of the triple header.
The Knights jumped out to a great start with a four-run first inning, but quickly saw that lead evaporate when MBBC scored nine unanswered runs in the next three innings to take a 9-4 lead.
MLC tied the game at 9-9 with a five-run fourth inning. Katie Scherer and Punke each had two-run doubles in the inning, while Brittney Gossen picked up the other RBI.
MBBC would take control once again with a run in the bottom of the fourth, and then held the Knights from scoring in the final two innings to hold off MLC.