May 16, 2023 at 2:35 p.m.
Piles up wins
The Albany Huskies softball team needed just five innings to record its latest win, defeating non-conference rival Sauk Centre 10-0 May 12 at Albany Area High School in Albany.
The Huskies scored in every inning except one.
Callie Holthaus held the Streeters to two hits while striking out seven and walking two.
On the offensive side, the Huskies pounded out 14 hits in its 10-run effort. Holthaus got two hits in four at-bats and recorded three RBIs. Emily McLachlan was 3-for-3; Alyssa Sand, Allie Thelen and Audrey Rieland had two hits each; and getting hits were Savanna Pelzer, Sophia Schiffler and Kendall Buerman.
Rieland batted in two runs and Sand, McLachlan and Pelzer one each.
The Huskies scored a run in the first, two in the second, four in the fourth and three in the fifth to put the game away.
Albany 3, Zimmerman 0
Holthaus pitched a three-hit, seven-inning shutout to get the Huskies off to a good start in its doubleheader against Zimmerman May 11 at Zimmerman Middle and High School in Zimmerman.
Albany scored two runs in the third and added another in the fifth.
Holthaus, who struck out three, was credited with all three of Albany’s RBIs. She was 2-for-4 at the plate with a double. Pelzer got two hits, one of which was a double, while McLachlan, Buerman and Rieland got a hit each.
Albany 8, Zimmerman 6
Albany needed more offensive power in the second game, as it won 8-6 after coming from behind for the victory.
Each team scored a run in the first inning.
Albany went ahead 3-1 after scoring a run each in the third and fourth.
The Thunder came back in the fifth to narrow Albany’s lead to a run, but Huskies scored two in their half for a 5-2 edge.
Zimmerman’s four runs in the sixth made it 6-5 in their favor, but Albany came back with three also in the sixth.
McLachlan got the win, pitching six innings. She struck out two and walked two.
Pelzer went 3-for-3 and Buerman and Rieland 2-for-4.
Albany 7, Foley 4
The Huskies spotted the Foley Falcons four runs in the first inning, but McLachlan and Holthaus pitched shutout innings the rest of the way in a 7-4 Granite Ridge Conference win May 9 at Albany Area High School in Albany.
The showdown was cut short after five innings due to lightning, after which came pouring rain.
It was the first game of a scheduled doubleheader. The second game was postponed.
After Foley scored four in the top of the first, the Huskies came back to narrow it down to a one-run lead with three runs of their own.
Albany added two in the third and another two in the fourth.
Rieland’s two hits in three plate appearances were doubles. Getting a hit each were Pelzer, Lauren Nett and Schiffler. Rieland had three RBIs and Pelzer two.
McLachlan was the starting pitcher and went two innings, striking out five with no walks. Holthaus came in to pitch three frames and got the win.