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Two evenly-matched teams met up last week when Minerva hosted Dover in the opening round of the Division III East District softball tournament.
The Lady Tornadoes broke open a 2-2 tie with two runs in the sixth inning, and held on for a 4-2 win.
Dover got on the board in the top half of the first inning as Zoey Wisintainer drew a walk, and later scored on a wild pitch.
Minerva responded with two runs in their half of the opening inning.
Kiaunna Brown and Mady Phillips reached with consecutive base hits. Amber Hume drove in the first run with a sacrifice fly, and Lauren Frigyes followed with an RBI single to right.
The Lady Tornadoes tied it up at 2-2 with a run in the fifth on an RBI single from Hayden Johnson.
Dover added two more in the sixth for a 4-2 advantage.
The Lady Lions threatened in the seventh.
Gabby Street led off with a double, Elyssa Imler drew a walk, and Aubrey Stanford hit a ball up the middle for a single, loading the bases with one out.
Dover pitcher Trinity Thompson was able to record the last two outs, the final one coming on a spectacular defensive play by right fielder Lexi Kohler, who caught a ball in foul territory and went crashing into the metal fence.
"This was a tough way to start the week," commented Head Coach Nicole Hilliard. "The girls played well and Lauren pitched well. We just couldn't get the timely hit today."
Phillips finished with two hits, a run scored and a stolen base; and Frigyes singled twice and drove in a run.
Frigyes went the distance, giving up four runs, three earned, on seven hits. She struck out 12 and walked two.
Minerva - 5
Carrollton - 4
A day later, the Lady Lions beat rival Carrollton 5-4 on senior night.
Olivia Kamph connected for a two-run homer in the sixth inning, Amber Hume had a two-run single in the third, and Brown had two hits and a run scored.
Frigyes earned the win as she allowed four runs, one earned, on seven hits. She struck out four and walked three.
"This was a great win on senior night against a very solid team," noted Coach Hilliard. "Tonight we got that timely hit and it was a big one from Liv. Our defense did a good job of settling down after the first inning."
Minerva - 7
Salem - 1
Frigyes pitched six and 1/3 innings, giving up one earned run on two hits and five walks, striking out five.
Kamph recorded the final two outs to pick up the save.
Twelve of the 13 Lady Lions who played reached base.
Phillips had two hits, a stolen base and a run scored; and Kamph had three hits, including a double, an RBI and a run scored.
"This was the best we have played defensively all year, our first errorless game of the season," stated Coach Hilliard. "I am proud of the girls for keeping after it this week. They never quit."
Louisville - 7
Minerva - 2
Phillips gave the Lady Lions the lead in the first inning with a two-run homer, but Louisville responded three runs in the third and three more in the fourth inning and pulled away to the victory.
Hume singled and scored a run; and Imler had a base hit and a stolen base.
Frigyes went the distance, giving up seven runs, four earned, on eight hits. She struck out five and walked three.
"Louisville is a very strong team and the girls brought a great effort today," commented Coach Hilliard. "Offensively and defensively, the girls were much better this time around."
Minerva closes out the 2017 season with an overall mark of 11-9, 6-8 in league play.