A 10-run third inning led to the Hurley Midgets defeating the Solon Springs High School softball team 11-0 in a WIAA Division 5 softball game Tuesday, May 29, in Hurley.
“Hurley put the ball in play everywhere we weren’t,” SSHS coach Dale Rajals said. “We needed to get out to a lead to gain the momentum but that didn’t happen. We got outplayed and hats off to them. I’m proud of these girls and all they accomplished this season. It was a lot of fun.”
Solon Springs had just three hits, singles by Maddelyn Swanson, Muree Ahlberg and Michyla Christianson.
Kylli Rajala suffered the loss, allowing five earned runs on 11 hits, one walks and four strikeouts.
Niemi was 3-for-3 with an RBI for Hurley. Olivia France doubled, singled and had three RBIs; Benedico was 2-for-3 with three RBIs; and Bri Jaaki was 2-for-3.
The season ended for the Eagles with a 6-2 loss to the Northwood Evergreens in a WIAA Division 4 regional baseball game Tuesday, May 28, in Minong.
The Eagles led 1-0 in the top of the second inning and tied it up 2-2 in the third, but that would be the only runs they could muster as the Evergreens took the lead for good with a run in the bottom of the third and finished their scoring with a three-run fifth inning.
"We played a solid game, walking only two batters and committing no errors," SSHS coach Nathan Ahlberg said. "Northwood was able to come up with big hits with runners on base in the fifth to break the game open. We had too many strikeouts didn’t put enough pressure on offensively after the fifth when we loaded the bases with two outs."
Alex Hunter suffered the loss for the Eagles, allowing six hits with six strikeouts and two walks.
Offensively Solon Springs got a double and single from Ben Monson, RBI singles from Gage Blaylock and Christian Sellwood; and singles from Hunter and Drake Debeir.
While Solon Springs' season ends with a final record of 12-8, Northwood (12-6) will play at No. 1 Webster on Wednesday, May 29.
EAGLE EXTRAS: Playing their final games for Solon Springs were Hunter and Sellwood. ... This could be the final meeting between Solon Springs and Northwood. A co-op of the two teams is scheduled for next season, pending WIAA approval.