The Isle Huskies softball team entered the Sub-section of Section 5A tournament seeded first in their 7-team division. They earned a bye in round one of the tourney, then met the 5th-seeded Braham Bombers in the opening round on May 21. The Huskies won that game, 19-12.
The Bombers took advantage of several Isle errors to put up three runs in the top of the first inning, but Isle responded with six runs in their half of the inning.
Braham tied the game at 6-6 in the top of the second inning, but Isle again responed with go-ahead runs and never looked back.
Carly Gallion started on the mound for Isle going two innings, giving up six runs, of which only two were earned. Jill Thompson came on to pitch the final five innings, giving up six runs, three of which were earned, and nine hits and struck out five.
Isle batters cracked out 18 hits and took advantage of 11 walks by Braham pitching. Hitting stars for Isle included Tommi Spengler and Grace Calrson, each with four hits, and Izzy Krawiecki and Rachael Horsch with three hits apiece. In the past three games, Krawiecki was 10-10 at the plate to raise her batting average to over .800 for the season.
Highlights of Braham’s offense included four hits by Hannah Olson and three hits
by Mindy Campbell, including a home run.
Braham 3 3 0 0 4 0 2 12
Isle 6 3 5 3 3 0 -- 19
The tops-seeded Isle Huskies softball team hosted the second-seeded Hill City Hornets at Mora High in the second round of the Sub-section of Section 5A softball tournament on May 23.
When the number one seed plays the number two seed, the game ought to be close and that is exactly how it turned out.
Isle won 3-2 in a nail-biter that went down to the last pitch (or catch).
Isle starter Jill Thompson struck three of the first Hill City batters she faced and gave up just one run in the first six innings.
But Isle batters were hitting the ball and filling the bases, but were hitting the ball directly at Hill City players for outs and could not score runs.
Up 2-1 after Emily Miller broke up a 1-1 tie with a RBI ground ball in the bottom of the fourth, Isle scored what turned out to be the winning run in the sixth inning when Carly Gallion came up with a clutch RBI single that scored Rainy Orzem.
The Huskies got a scare in the top of the seventh inning when a series of Hill City hits and a series of Isle errors allowed the visiting team to score a run and have a runner at third base with two outs.
To the rescue came Izzy Krawiecki. Coming into the game the Isle sophomore
was batting over .800 for the season, but for the first time this spring she was held hitless. But this time she saved the game with her defense. With two out and a runner at third poised to tie the contest, Thompson got the Hornet batter to hit a week pop-up between third base and home. Krawiecki got a jump on the ball, dove with mitt extended and somehow made the catch, keeping the ball from hittin the ground for the third and game-winning out.
Thompson got credit for the win, giving up just one earned run on four hits, walked two and struck out six.
Isle had seven hits, drew five walks and had three batters strike out.
The win earned the Huskies the Sub-section title and they were set to take on Sebeka in the finals of Section 5A starting on Tuesday, May 28 in Brainerd.
Hill City 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 2
Isle 1 0 0 1 0 1 -- 3