BV's Konz plates six runs in Jackson tourney title game
May 22. 2013 1:49PM
The Lady Lynx capped off their spring softball season by battling their way to the title game of the Jackson, Minn., tournament, which was played May 11. Brandon Valley bested Blue Earth, Minn., 10-2, and followed up with a 10-5 victory over the tournament hosts, the Jackson Blue Jays. The pair of wins set the stage for the championship game against a tough Mankato-Big Lake Area team, which the Lynx fell to, 18-10.
BV 10, Blue Earth 2
Brooke Merry, Hannah McIlravy and Jaysa Widmann all went 2-for-3 at bat in the 10-2 victory. Senior Miranda Cain was 3-for-3.
On the mound, Kara Anderson pitched well to hold Blue Earth to just two runs.
BV 10, Jackson 5
Merry got things started for the Lady Lynx in their 10-5 win over the Jackson Blue Jays.
Brandon Valley’s lead off batter cranked a solo over-the-fence homerun, and by game’s end, the senior was 3-for-4 at the plate.
McIlravy also parked one in the first inning to score two RBIs. She was 2-for-3 at bat with three RBIs in the game.
Brooke Becker handled the pitching duties.
BV 10, MBLA 18
“(It was a) hit fest,” is how Lynx head coach Suzanne Carroll summed up 18-10 loss.
“Both teams hit the ball extremely well but we had a couple mental errors that allowed them to score unearned runs,” Carroll said.
The Lynx got off to a strong start in the first inning when lead off batter Brooke Merry was hit by pitch to get on base. Katie Erickson hit a single to left to put two runners in scoring position. Senior Julie Konz hit it out to score three runs and clear the bases.
Brandon Valley’s clean-up batter, Miranda Cain, was walked, which brought up McIllravy, who hit it out to give the Lynx a 5-0 edge going into the bottom of the first inning.
The Lady Lynx offense was then silenced until the fourth inning when Konz stepped up again to hit it out for the second time in the game to plate three more runs.
Konz is credited with six RBIs in the game.
“We had one bad inning where we made three mental errors, which allowed Mankato to get runners on and put them in scoring position,” Carroll said. “They took advantage and we just couldn’t get our bats going at the end to finish.”
The Lynx softball program bids farewell to nine seniors this year. “They have played a major role in setting the standards for the Lady Lynx softball program,” Carroll said.
“They had a good season and played hard, and I am very proud of the girls for who they are and how hard they play.”
Closing out their prep careers are Brooke Merry, Julie Konz, Miranda Cain, Jaysa Widmann, Kara Anderson, Nicole Elster, Clarissa Petersen, Layne Waltner and Sarah Stroud.