Wolfpack outslug Woodbury
COTTAGE GROVE — Park got the offense cranked up again — scoring 10 runs or more for the fourth time in five games — in a 10-5 win over conference rival Woodbury Wednesday at Cottage Grove.
It was a game of wild swings.
Park jumped out to a 2-1 lead after one inning and then held a comfortable 6-2 lead after four, but the Royals made them sweat more than a little bit with a three-run fifth that closed the gap to 6-5.
Park then put the game out of reach with a four-run sixth inning.
Bryanna Olson got Park started in the sixth with a one-out single. Delaney Young followed with a single and then Madi Meduna drove both in with a double. Heather Degler doubled to score Meduna. One out later, Shelby Schabacker made it a 10-5 game with a run-scoring single.
"We've been working a lot on our hitting," said Meduna. "And we have a really strong lineup this year and it's good, it's great."
It was also the first game outside for both teams and both showed some outdoor rustiness at times. The sun got in the player's eyes, the ball took some different bounces on the soft ground and everything just seemed a bit different than indoor play.
Park cranked out 14 hits in the game, continuing their season-long habit of pounding the ball and scoring runs by the bushel. Through five games, the Wolfpack are averaging 11.4 runs a game.
Young went 3-for-4 with a double, two singles and an RBI, Meduna had a double, two singles and three RBIS. Degler had a single and a double and two RBIs.
"I thought we did a good job of picking each other up because I made a couple of mistakes but then my pitcher got the next out and it was fine," said Young. "And we just kept battling."
Woodbury hitting was led by Grace Beseman who had a double and a single and drove in two runs. Kaitlyn Rocco and Hailey Neubauer had run-scoring hits.
"We had a lot of fun," said Woodbury coach Michelle Welch. "We were excited to play outside. I agree it was a back-and-forth game, quite a battle. We still have some things to work on but we're excited for the rest of the season. We had a lot of great hitting and Rocco was awesome behind the plate catching today."
Park pitchers Bryanna Olson and Sam Fohrman combined on a seven-hitter for the Wolfpack. Olson started and pitched well until tiring in the fifth inning. Fohrman came in with two out and two on in the fifth and got the strikeout to end the threat. She faced the minimum number of batters the rest of the way, setting the Royals down in order in the sixth and seventh.
"They all played well," said Park coach Bob Loshek. "Brio threw well. Sam came in and threw well. They got nipped on a couple calls, a couple errors, a couple balls that fell that maybe shouldn't fallen. Just little things. Shelby Schabacker came up and got a big hit. Delaney hit the ball hard. Madi hit the ball hard, Heather — everybody is doing what they're doing. That's the best thing about this team — they realize that if someone doesn't do the job the next person will do the job for them."
Park improved to 5-0 overall and 2-0 in the Suburban East Conference.
Woodbury slipped to 0-2, both overall and in the league.