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Adapted softball: Thunderbolts improve to 5-1

The South Washington County adapted softball team drove home three runs in its final at bat en route to beating Chaska/Chanhassen, 10-9, on its Parents/Senior night last Wednesday. The win marked the Thunderbolts' fifth victory of the season, as they celebrated a 14-4, 5-inning victory over St. Paul Humboldt last Monday.

"The kids were happy," said Thunderbolts (5-1) coach Denny Larson. "We have to at least win one of those games to at least be in the second place."

Playing with a seven-person roster, St. Paul Humboldt officially forfeited the game, but still competed with its limited staff and eventually took a 3-2 lead after capitalizing on Thunderbolt errors. But the 'Bolts answered, scoring five runs in the second inning and three more in the third before rolling to victory.

Winning pitcher Amanda Henderson struck out three, walked one, and gave up eight hits in her five innings on the mound. She went 3-for-3 at bat, hitting her first double of the year. Junior Alice Liu hit a triple, and freshman Tristan Rankin went 2-for-3 with 3 RBI and two homeruns. Dylan Kubitschek was 2-for-3 with two doubles, Lucas Fiedler was 2-for-2 with a double and John Stutelberg was 1-for-2 with a double.

South Washington County's opponent last Wednesday also had a smaller staff, coming into the Thunderbolts' last home game of the regular season with only eight players. The 'Bolts struggled to hit the ball into Chaska's outfield holes, however: The score was tied in the fifth inning before the 'Bolts hit three runs in the bottom of the sixth to take a 10-7 lead. Chaska scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh, which was not enough to tie the game.

Fiedler was 3-for-3 with a homerun, a triple and a double. Lucas Clay was 3-for-3 with two triples, Kubitschek was 2-for-3 and Jared Dike was 1-for-3. Winning pitcher Henderson fanned two and walked none.

"I'm very happy with where we're at," Larson said. "We had an awesome Parents' night. We had the parents play the kids in a game, and there must have been close to 75 people there."

The Thunderbolts close their regular season this week with a game at Burnsville on Monday after the Bulletin went to press and a game at New Prague/Montgomery/Lonsdale today.