Concordia softball on both ends of blowouts
With only three of their first 10 games decided by less than six runs, the Concordia High School Orioles softball team kept the trend rolling in games 11 and 12, dismantling crosstown rival Saint Paul Lutheran High School, 24-5, and then taking a big loss themselves at the hands of the Wellington-Napoleon High School Tigers, 17-2.
Tuesday, April 2 — I-70 Conference — Saint Paul Lutheran HS
Two separate 11-run innings provided plenty of offense for Concordia in their I-70 Conference matchup against rival Saint Paul Lutheran High School, 24-5.
A two-out rally in the top of the first started when senior Justice Workman got hit by a pitch and sophomore Lauren Fiene drove her in with a double before scoring a run of her own. The Saints got a run of their own in the bottom-half of the inning, but the O’s would still hold an early 2-1 advantage.
The score would hold until the top of the third, however, when the Orioles essentially put the game to bed behind 11 runs. Freshman Cate Cooper hit a one-out double and was driven in during the next at-bat, when Workman hit a double of her own.
The next at-bat would prove to be momentous, as Fiene crushed a two-run home run to centerfield.
The next nine batters reached base, all either by single, walk, or error. By the innings’ end, CHS was ahead 13-1.
SPLHS responded with three runs of their own and another in the fourth inning, but another 11-run inning in the top of the fifth inning was plenty to get the game to it’s conclusion — a 24-5 Concordia victory.
Senior Alexis Borgstadt had a heck of a game, going 4-5 with four RBIs and two runs, while Fiene went 4-4 with a home run, double, and two singles. She scored four runs and drove in three. Cooper also finished 3-4 with a double, three runs and an RBI.
Fiene was solid from the pitcher’s circle, striking out nine while allowing six hits, four runs (three earned) and a walk. She threw all five innings.
Concordia advanced to 10-1 (2-0) with the victory.
SPLHS fell to 2-3 (0-3) with the loss.
Wednesday, April 3 — I-70 Conference — Concordia HS
After their only loss of the season — an 11-0 shutout to Wellington-Napoleon High School in the Santa Fe Snowflake Classic — Concordia was surely looking forward to a dose of retribution. Unfortunately, they wouldn’t get it this time around, falling 17-2 in the Class 1 District 12, I-70 Conference matchup.
The score is rather misleading, as the score was still just 5-0 WNHS heading into the fifth inning. The Tigers were able to open it up quite a bit in the fifth, however, picking up four more runs and making the score 9-0.
A sixth-inning single from senior Justice Workman turned into two runs one at-bat later, when sophomore Lauren Fiene hit her second home run in two games. It moved the score to 17-2, but too much damage had been done at that point, and the game would conclude with the aforementioned score.
Concordia was limited to three hits — the homer from Fiene and two hits from Workman, a single and a double.
Orioles’ fielders also had extreme trouble in the field, giving up a whopping 12 errors. It’s extremely hard to win a game when a team gives away 12 outs, and the O’s will have to clean their defense up fast to hit their potential in 2019. Optimism should be had, however, as it is still early in their season and Concordia has lost just two games.
CHS falls to 10-2 (2-1) with the loss.
Wellington-Napoleon moved to a perfect 9-0 (5-0). Through nine games, they have outscored opponents 123-6.