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Defense continues to let down Spartans

The Somerset softball team is getting the pitching and hitting to win ball games.

But defense and base running continue to draw down the Spartans. The Spartans lost to Osceola 14-12 last Tuesday. They faced the Chieftains again on Monday, losing by a 9-5 score.

In Monday's game the Spartans outhit Osceola 11-5. But the Somerset defense put six runners on base with errors. The Spartans also had several other errors and passed balls that kept presenting Osceola with opportunities. Throwing errors were a particularly big problem for the Spartans in Monday's game.

Bre Krohn, Ashley Martell and Sammi Smith each had two hits to lead the Spartans in Monday's game.

The 14-12 loss last Tuesday included several comebacks by the Spartans. They trailed 7-0 after four innings, but came back to force the game into extra innings. Osceola won the game by scoring twice in the eighth inning.

Allie Wold had the best hitting night of her career in this game. She went 3-4 at the plate, including a triple, driving home four of the Spartans' runs.

Abby Biedler also played a key role in the comebacks. She doubled in two runs in the sixth inning, then singled home the tying run in the seventh inning.

Jill Webb also produced three hits and Kelsey Rorabeck delivered a solo homer during the four-run sixth inning. The Spartans finished the game with 16 hits.

As well as the Spartans hit the ball, their defense just as charitably gave the Chieftains scoring opportunities. Coach Jennifer Nickowski estimated the Spartans' error total at 10 for the game.

"It's too many errors, that's the bottom line. You can't win with 10 errors," Nickowski said.

The Spartans will try to find a winning combination in their games in the upcoming days. They play at Prescott on Thursday, before taking part in the Glenwood City Invitational on Friday.

The Spartans start next week with a pair of home games. They face Ellsworth on Monday, before MBC leader New Richmond visits on Tuesday.

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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