Knights Take Two at Plymouth Creek
PLYMOUTH CREEK, Minn. - MLC finished its season-opening tournament at the Plymouth Creek Dome with two wins Friday, beating North Central 14-0 and Presentation 19-11. The Knights' game against Maranatha started, but did not count because the game did not go enough innings before time restraints forced the game to end.
MLC jumped on North Central early with two runs in the first inning and never looked back in its 14-0 win over the Rams.
Sarah Free (Plover, Wis./LPS) had a big game at the plate for the Knights, going 4-4 with a home run, double and two singles while driving in four. April Cook (Menomonee Falls, Wis./KMLHS) and Amber Krause (Watertown, Wis./LPS) also had big days with three hits apiece.
Heather Korb (Indianapolis, Ind./Lutheran HS Indianapolis) got the start on the mound and improved to 2-0 on the season. She pitched all five innings without allowing a run on four hits while striking out two.
MLC had a 7-0 lead heading into the bottom of the third disappear when Presentation had a monster 11-run inning to take the lead in game two, but it would be short lived as the Knights came back to win the game 19-11.
The Knights hit four home runs in the game, two of which came from Brittany Jensen (Hortonville, Wis./FVL). Jessica Henning (Redwood Falls, Minn./Redwood Valley HS) and Stephanie Punke (Hartford, Wis./LPS) had the other two home runs.
Jensen was also very productive in her other three at bats, finishing the day 5-5 with six RBI and five runs scored. Laura Miller (Kent, Wash./Evergreen) also had a big day with three hits. For the game, MLC outhit the Saints 15-4.
Free came in to pitch for starter Karla Opperman (North Branch, Mich./North Branch HS) in the fourth inning and shut down the Presentation line-up over the final three innings to pick up the win and improve her record to 2-0 on the season.
With the two wins, MLC improved to 5-0 in the early season, and will return to the diamond on Saturday, March 27, when it plays Dubuque at the Augustana Tournament in Moline Ill. The game is scheduled to start at 9 a.m.