Indians go 1-3 at Spencer tourney
Facing some of the best softball teams the area has to offer, Spirit Lake went 1-3 at a tournament hosted by Spencer on Friday and Saturday.
The Indians faced Class 1A No. 1-ranked Akron-Westfield, Class 2A No. 7-ranked North Union, Denison-Schleswig and MOC-Floyd Valley at the tournament.
Spirit Lake 12, MOC-FV 2
Tied 1-1 entering the bottom half of the second inning, it seemed as though the Indians and Dutchmen were in for a closely contested battle.
However, with a five-run second and a four-run fourth, Spirit Lake established its dominance early before plating two in the bottom half of the sixth to finish off MOC-Floyd Valley 12-2 in six innings.
Sami Ashland earned the win for Spirit Lake. She allowed two earned runs on six hits and three walks while striking out one in six innings.
The Indians scored 12 runs on 11 hits, led by Bailee Newman who was 2-3 with three RBIs, two steals and four runs scored.
Caitlyn Roberts was 3-4 with a steal and two runs scored. Mackenzie Thate was 1-3 with a triple, three RBIs and a run scored. Kayla Herrig was 2-3 with a double and two runs scored. Whitlee Reitz was 1-3 with a double and a run scored. Paige Petersen was 1-3 with an RBI and a run scored.
North Union 2, Spirit Lake 0
Despite a gem of a pitching performance by Newman, and solid defense behind her, Spirit Lake couldn't put anything together offensively against the No. 7 Warriors on Friday.
Newman and the Spirit Lake defense kept North Union off the scoreboard until the bottom of the fifth, where the Warriors plated one before adding an insurance run in the bottom of the sixth to salt away the win.
Newman allowed two runs (one earned) on eight hits while striking out two in six innings of work.
She also went 2-3 at the plate. Maddie Richter was also 2-3, while Mackenzie Thate was 1-3 with a triple and Erin Dau was 1-3 for the Indians.
Akron-Westfield 5, Spirit Lake 2
In their first action on Saturday, the Indians nearly handed returning state champion Akron-Westfield its first loss of the season, but ultimately fell 5-2.
The Indians held a 2-0 lead after five, but watched that lead slip away as the Westerners plated four in the sixth before tacking on another in the seventh to pull away for the victory.
Newman picked up the loss for Spirit Lake, as she allowed five runs (three earned) on seven hits and three walks while striking out four in seven innings.
The Indians had just one hit in the contest, as Carly Ites was 1-2.
Richter and Kelsey Delperdang both scored a run for Spirit Lake.
Denison-Schleswig 12, Spirit Lake 2
In the Indians' tournament finale, the ran up against a buzzsaw in Denison-Schleswig, falling 12-2 in five innings.
The Monarchs jumped out to a 2-0 lead entering the bottom half of the third, but Spirit Lake answered with a pair of its own to knot it at 2-2.
However, a seven-run fourth and a three-run fifth was all Denison-Schleswig needed to finish the Indians off.
Ashland picked up the loss for Spirit Lake, as she allowed 12 runs (three earned) on 10 hits and three walks while striking out one in 4 2/3s innings.
Newman pitched 1/3 inning of relief and allowed one hit.
Spirit Lake scored two runs on six hits, led by Newman who was 2-3 with a pair of steals and a run scored.
Herrig was 1-2 with a double, a steal and a run scored, while Ites was 1-3 and Reitz was 1-1 for the Indians.