For the first time since the spring of 2014, the Isle Huskies softball team has earned the Great River Conference championship. With a convincing 12-3 win over Braham High on Tuesday, May 14, the Huskies were assured of at least a share of the GRC title with Rush City.
As it turned out, Isle and Rush City tied for the GRC championship, having traded losses with each other during the season.
Isle went on to close out its regular season play with wins over Northland and Mora to bring their overall record to 14-3. The Huskies were seeded first in the sub-section which earned them a bye in the first round of post-season. They will host either Braham or McGregor on Tuesday, May 21 in the second round of the Sub-section of Section 5A tourney.
The pressure was on the Isle Huskies as they took the field for the final Great River Conference game of the season against the Braham Bombers on May 14.
A win by the Huskies would assure their team at least a tie for the GRC championship. A loss would more than likely put them in second place.
The good news for the red and black was they rallied to win, 12-3, and were able to celebrate their first conference championship since the spring of 2014.
Isle jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning following consecutive base hits by Carly Gallion, Izzy Krawiecki and Tommi Spengler and a sacrifice fly ball by Grace Carlson.
Gallion was breezing along on the mound for the Huskies during the first four innings, giving up an unearned run on three hits and striking out eight Braham batters.
But the Bombers clawed their way to a 3-3 tie in the fourth innings, taking advantage of two costly Huskies’ errors. At that moment, Isle coach Darcey Remer made a move that she hoped would change the momentum by bringing in reliever Emma Thompson. Thompson quelled Braham’s rally, and Isle and Braham were deadlocked moving into the bottom of the fifth inning.
That inning proved to be the turning point of the game that led to the lopsided win. The Huskies went on to send 12 batters to the plate, scoring eight runs on six hits including a 3-run double by Spengler that broke the game open.
Thompson and Gallion combined to issue three unearned runs on five hits and struck out 11 Braham batters in seven innings. Thompson got credit for the win.
Isle’s offense produced 12 runs on 12 hits and were issued six walks. Spengler finished the game going 3-3 with four RBI.
Krawiecki and Lexi Lancrain each had two hits.
“This win was big for us for two reasons,” Remer said. “It gave us a conference title and also improved our chances of a good seed in the upcoming sections.”
Braham 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 3
Isle 3 0 0 0 8 1 -12
It was not really worth the bus-ride down to Isle for the Northland Eagles softball team on May 16. The Eagles were overwhelmed by the Huskies in a 36-0 rout that was mercifully called after just four innings.
Up 4-0, the Huskies produced 25 runs during the second inning to put the game away. Following the game, Isle’s leading hitter said, “I batted four times in the second inning.”
In fact, Isle head coach Darcey Remer was scrambling to put in reserves by the third inning.
Isle starting pitcher Carly Gallion gave up only one hit, struck out five and faced just on batter over the minimum in the four-inning event.
Isle’s offense drew 18 walks, slapped out 16 hits, including five by Lexi Lancrain in the rout.
Northland 0 0 0 0 0
Isle 4 25 7 -- 36
The Isle Huskies softball team closed out its regular season play with a 6-5 win over the non-conference Mora Mustangs on May 17.
Isle 9th-grader Jill Thompson went the distance on the mound for the Huskies giving up five runs on 12 hits, walking two and striking out five.
Isle scored six runs on nine hits, including a home run by Grace Carlson. The Huskies batter also took three walks and struck out nine times.
Isle 0 0 3 1 1 0 1 6
Mora 0 0 0 0 1 0 4 5