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Tigers lock up share of title on Kistner's gem

Lynnae Kistner's pitching gem assured the New Richmond girls softball team a share of the Middle Border Conference championship.

Kistner threw a no-hitter at Durand on Monday, beating the Panthers 9-0. This assures New Richmond of at least a share of its first Middle Border Conference softball championship since 1996.

The Tigers were scheduled to play Osceola on Tuesday and will play at Baldwin-Woodville on Thursday. A win in either of those games will make the Tigers outright champions of the conference.

Kistner solidified her standing as the top pitcher in the conference with Monday's effort.

"Lynnae was just unbelievable," said Tiger coach Jim McCullum. "The only time they got around on her was a ground ball to short."

Kistner only needed 69 pitches to complete the no-hitter and 55 of those pitches were strikes.

While Kistner was mesmerizing the Durand hitters with her pitching velocity and location, the Tiger offense was patiently putting together a substantial lead.

The Tigers only had six hits in the game, but that was more than enough with the numerous defensive blunders that Durand was committing. The Tigers scored at least one run in each of the first five innings of the game.

Beat Amery 8-2

Amery was able to shut down the top of the Tiger batting order last Thursday. But the bottom of the order came through in a big way, leading the Tigers to an 8-2 win.

Crystal Skramstad and Jessie Johnston, the seventh and eighth hitters in the lineup, combined for four of the Tigers' seven hits and they had all seven runs batted in for the Tigers during the game.

Skramstad has gone from a struggling hitter at the beginning of the season to a Tiger who is crushing the ball. She popped a two-run double in the second inning, then crushed a bases-loaded triple to the left-center field gap in the third inning.

Tiger coach Jim McCullum said Skramstad is responding to the changes the coaches made in the mechanics of her swing. "And she's become an aggressive hitter. She's a strong girl and she can hit the ball hard."

The Tigers won on back-to-back four run frames in the second and third innings. In both of those innings, it was Linsey Thomas, Cassie Peterson, Heather Thompson and Skramstad who scored in the inning.

Nine-run inning

The Tigers finished off Ellsworth last Tuesday by scoring nine runs in the sixth inning, resulting in an 18-6 final score.

All nine players in the Tiger lineup scored in that sixth inning, as 11 straight players reached base during the rally. Jena O'Flanagan and Ashlyne Anderson each had two hits in the inning. They each finished the game with three hits and three runs scored. Heather Thompson and Cassie Peterson also supplied three hits in the game and Linsey Thomas scored three times for the Tigers. Thomas and Crystal Skramstad each drove home four runs.

No longer unbeaten

The 13-0 unbeaten string to start the 2004 season was ended last Friday when the Tigers lost a non-conference game to St. Croix Falls, 8-2.

The Saints led this game 2-1 until they broke away with five runs in the fourth inning. The Saints tagged Tiger pitcher Heather Thompson for two homers in that inning. Kistner came on to pitch the final three innings for the Tigers, allowing one run.

St. Croix Falls is the leader in the West Lakeland Conference.

New Richmond scored single runs in the second and seventh innings. Thompson singled to lead off the second inning and scored on Jessie Johnston's triple. Crystal Skramstad homered to lead off the seventh inning for the Tigers' second run.

The Tigers finish their Middle Border Conference schedule this Thursday, with a game at Baldwin-Woodville. The Tigers will then get a severe test, playing in the always challenging Pepin tournament on Saturday. The Tigers wrap up their regular season schedule next Tuesday with a home game against River Falls.

New Richmond 9, Durand 0



J.O'Flanagan rf 3-2-1, Anderson cf 5-1-1, Kistner p 4-2-1, Thomas dp 3-1-1, Peterson 2b 4-0-1, Thompson 1b 3-0-0, Vergin lf 3-2-0, Johnston 3b 3-1-0, A.O'Flanagan 2b 4-0-1. Totals 32-9-6.


A.Bauer ss 3-0-0, Weiss c 3-0-0, B.Bauer 3b 3-0-0, Kvisten lf 3-0-0, Poeschel 2b 3-0-0, Baier cf 1-0-0, Pittman 1b 1-0-0, H.Bauer p 2-0-0, Danzinger rf 1-0-0. Totals 20-0-0.

RBI-Kistner, Thomas, Thompson.

New Richmond 111 420 0=9

St. Croix Central 000 000 0=0


New Richmond

Kistner (W) 7 0 0 0 1 7

New Richmond 18, Ellsworth 6



J.O'Flanagan rf 4-3-3, Anderson cf 5-3-3, Kistner 1b 4-1-1, Thomas dh 2-3-2, Rogers ph 1-0-0, Peterson ss 4-2-3, Thompson p 4-1-3, Skramstad lf 4-1-2, Johnston 3b 3-2-1, A.O'Flanagan 2b 4-2-0, Rehurek c 0-0-0. Totals 35-18-18.


Smith c 3-0-0, Eggenberger 3b 3-3-2, Hughes p 3-2-2, Constant lf 3-0-0, Halls rf 3-0-1, Thoner ss 3-0-0, Biel 2b 3-0-0, Lange cf 3-0-0, Knutson 1b 3-1-1. Totals 27-6-6.

RBI-J.O'Flanagan, Anderson 2, Kistner 2, Thomas 4, Peterson 2, Thompson, Skramstad, Johnston, A.O'Flanagan.

New Richmond 131 229=18

Ellsworth 201 030=6


New Richmond

Thompson (W) 6 6 6 4 0 2

New Richmond 8, Amery 2



Stentz dp 4-2-0, Lathrop ss 4-0-0, Grant c 4-0-4, Hansen 3b 4-0-0, Roy p 3-0-0, Peterson 1b 2-0-0, Nielson cf 3-0-0, Bowen rf 3-0-1, Newton lf 3-0-0, Elbing rf 0-0-0. Totals 30-2-5.


J.O'Flanagan rf 4-0-0, Anderson cf 3-0-0, Kistner p 4-0-1, Thomas dp 2-2-1, Holm ph 1-0-0, Peterson ss 3-2-1, Thompson 1b 2-2-0, Skramstad lf 3-2-2, Johnston 3b 3-0-2, A.O'Flanagan 2b 3-0-0, Rehurek c 0-0-0. Totals 28-8-7.

2B-Skramstad, Johnston. 3B-Skramstad. RBI-Skramstad 5, Johnston 2.

Amery 101 000 0=2

New Richmond 044 000 0=8


New Richmond

Kistner (W) 7 5 2 0 1 5

Dave Newman
Dave Newman has been the sports editor at the New Richmond News since 1988. He has covered the action in the Middle Border Conference, Dunn-St. Croix Conference and Big Rivers Conference for nearly 30 years.
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