Softball Sweeps Tuesday Games Against M-State Fergus Falls

Softball Sweeps Tuesday Games Against M-State Fergus Falls

Nick Balmanno, Contributing Writer

After having more games postponed and canceled last weekend, the #9 Golden Rams of Anoka-Ramsey took the field on Tuesday for a home doubleheader against the Spartans of M-State Fergus Falls. Anoka-Ramsey earned a 2-0 sweep, out-scoring the Spartans 32-4. The Golden Rams are now 5-1 in their last six games.

The first game of the day got off to a rough start for the Golden Rams, as they gave up three runs in the first inning. They bounced back quickly, scoring two of their own in the bottom of the 1st before taking the lead in the 2nd, as Sunny Strait blasted a three-run homerun to give the Golden Rams a 5-2 lead. The Golden Rams never looked back after that, going on to easily defeat M-State in their first game. Molly Gross was the starting pitcher who picked up the win, as she struck out seven while allowing four hits. From the plate, there were numerous contributors. Sunny Strait was 3-3 with a HR and 6RBIs. Emma Bright was 3-3 with a double. Maddie Bottineau was 3-3 with a double. Lyla Galli was 2-3 with a double and an RBI. Molly Gross was 2-3 with a triple. The Golden Rams went on to win 12-3 in five innings.

The Golden Rams got off to a quick start in the second game and never looked back, as they continued to run up the score through the entirety of their four innings at bat. Lyla Galli almost pitched a shutout, as she held the Spartans scoreless until the top of the fifth inning. She picked up the win as she struck out seven while allowing four hits. With the win, Lyla Galli is now 5-4 on the year. At the plate, most of the Golden Rams played extremely well, with the team going on to generate twenty-plus runs for the second time this season, and the second time in their last three games. As a team, the Golden Rams drew twelve walks in the second game. Madison Segler was 3-3 with three doubles, and four RBIs. Sunny Strait was 1-2 with a double and two RBIs. Emma Bright was 1-2 with a triple. It was a good way for the Golden Rams to close out the doubleheader, as they won game two by a final score of 20-1.

The Golden Rams dominated on both sides of the ball today as they made some great defensive play, got quality pitching from Molly Gross and Lyla Galli, and stayed hot at the plate. With the two wins, Anoka-Ramsey is now 17-10 on the year. Coach Dave Alto was impressed with the effort saying that he thought that overall the Golden Rams “played well, and everyone was focused and dialed in.” Despite it being such a cold day, “we had great energy,” Alto said, and he was “very impressed with our approach at the plate. We keep getting better and better.” The Golden Rams were scheduled to play Ridgewater College on Wednesday, April 20th, but that game has been postponed to May 2nd due to anticipated rain. The next game for the Golden Rams is temporarily set for a home doubleheader vs Minnesota West on Saturday, April 23rd, at 12PM.