A short-handed M State Fergus Falls Lady Spartan softball team traveled to Cambridge Tuesday to play the #9 ranked Anoka-Ramsey Golden Rams and dropped a pair of games. The score of game one was 11-3 and game two ended 10-2.
“I liked the way we competed today but we just had too many people playing out of position to beat a very good team,” commented Steve King, head coach of the Lady Spartans. “It’s finals week which is tough to begin with and we were far from full strength due to one player staying behind and an injury. We still expect to win one game on the road, but being short-handed really caught up to us late in the games.”
The Lady Spartans started fast in game one, scoring two runs in the top of the first. Cailey Bryant opened the game with a single and moved to second on a very nice sacrifice bunt by Taylor Kugler. Macky Warne singled, Sam Lupkes singled to score Bryant and Warne scored on a wild pitch to make the score 2-0.
The Lady Spartans added a run in the top of the second on a Tarryn Justesen walk and a Warne single to make the score 3-0. The Golden Rams tied the score 3-3 with three runs in the bottom of the second inning. The score stayed tied 3-3 until the bottom of the fifth. That’s when Anoka- Ramsey scored 8 runs to put the game away and win 11-3.
The Lady Spartans scored first in the second game on a first inning single by Kugler. She promptly stole second, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on an error for a 1-0 lead. That lead was short lived though as the Golden Rams scored one in the first to tie the game and added three in the second and three more runs in the third for a 7-1 lead. They added two more in the fourth for a 9-1 lead before the Lady Spartans could find home plate again. Warne roped a double to left center to open the top of the fifth. Sam Lupkes single Warne to third and Tina Rice picked up the RBI with a base hit to make the score 9-2.
Anoka-Ramsey put the game away with a run in the bottom of the fifth for a 10-2 win.
Things don’t get any easier for the Lady Spartans as they play the #8 team in the nation, St. Cloud Technical and Community College, Wednesday in St. Cloud. The Lady Spartans are currently 3-8 on the season.