IHS Softball -  Grace Carlson

Eye on the ball

Isle senior Grace Carlson has held down the clean-up spot in the Huskies’ softball line-up, and had five hits in Isle’s three wins last week.

Wins over Rush City and East Central kept the Isle Huskies softball team in a tie for the Great River Conference lead with both Rush City and Hinckley as the teams moved into the second week of May.

Rush City

A peek through the record books shows the fact that the Isle High softball team had not beaten the Rush City Tigers since the spring of 2014. That bit of tough luck continued this season when the Tigers beat the Huskies in their first meeting on April 16 and ended less than two weeks later when Isle got splendid pitching from Jill Thompson and their offense came alive to score 12 runs, including a grand-slam homer off the bat of Anna Bayerle leading to a 12-2 win in a game called after six innings because of the 10-run rule.

The win left the Huskies tied for the Great River Conference lead with Rush City and Hinckley/Finlayson, each with one GRC loss heading into the second week of May.

Thompson pitched a gem, facing just 15 batters in six innings and giving up just two hits and no walks.

Meanwhile, Isle was knocking out 10 hits and taking four walks, scoring in five of the six innings. Izzy Krawiecki continued her splendid batting going 2-4 to bring her 8-game hitting barrage to 27-34 and a batting average hovering around .800.

“This was a big win for us because it keeps us in the chase for the conference title,” Isle coach Darcey Remer said.

Rush City 0 0 0 0 2 0 -- 2

Isle 1 3 4 0 3 1 -- 12

East Central

The Isle Huskies softball team kept their hold on first place in the Great River Conference with a commanding 14-0 win over East Central on May 2.

The Huskies pounded out 20 hits and earned four walks in the rout. Lexi Lancrain had four hits, followed by three each off the bats Tommi Spengler and Grace Carlson. Izzy Krawiecki kept her hot bat alive, going to 2-4, leaving her 29-36 through the first nine games of the season.

Carly Gallion went the distance on the mound for Isle giving up no runs on just three hits, struck out three and walked just one.

Isle 3 1 2 1 7 14

East Cent. 0 0 0 0 0 0

Cromwell

The Isle Huskies traveled to Cromwell on May 3 to take on the Cardinals in a non-conference softball game.

The Huskies won in a rout, 18-3, scoring 14 runs in the fourth inning.

Ninth-grader Jill Thompson got the win on the mound for Isle, giving up five hits, seven walks and struck out six in four innings.

Offensive heroes for the Huskies included Anna Bayerle, who was 2-2 with a double and two RBI; Rachael Horsch, who went 2-3 with three RBI; Grace Carlson, who was 2-3 with two RBI; Carly Gallion, who hit a home run in the fourth inning; and Rainy Orazem who drew four walks, stole two bases and scored four runs.

Izzy Krawiecki stayed hot at the plate, going 1-2 to bring her 10-game hitting streak to 30-37 and a batting average of .810.

Isle 0 2 2 14 18

Cromwell 3 0 0 0 3

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