Minnesota West sports roundup: May 4, 2022
On Tuesday afternoon, the Minnesota Lady Jays swept a college softball doubleheader in Austin against Riverland, winning by a resounding 29-2 score in game 1 and 6-4 in game two.
In the opener, three different Minnesota West players – Steph Kazemba, Emily Wilke and Julia Schmoker – collected five hits apiece as the Jays banged out 32 hits in all. Kazemba, Schmoker and Torrence Clelland had home runs. Clelland drove in seven runs in the game, and Kazemba and Schmoker had five RBIs apiece. Schmoker earned the pitching win for Minnesota West, scattering four hits while fanning seven.
In the second game, Schmoker went two-for-three with a homer and three RBIs to pace the Lady Jays. Wilke also drove in a pair of runs in the win, and Kazemba earned a complete-game pitching win while surrendering six hits and striking out nine.
On Wednesday, Minnesota West played host to Rochester in another doubleheader. The Yellow Jackets scored five runs in the top of the first and held on for a 6-4 triumph in the opening game. Katherine Ihnen had two hits for Minnesota West in the opener; Kazemba, Schmoker and Macie Werdel each drove in runs.
Rochester also took game two, 4-1. Grace Suttle had a pair of hits for the Jays; Schmoker drove in the only run.
The Minnesota West softball team is now 10-10 on the season. Up next is a twinbill at Ridgewater on Friday.
The Bluejays baseball team, meanwhile, played a pair of games at home Wednesday afternoon against Century College. Minnesota West lost the first contest 11-1, then led 6-5 going into the top of the seventh before Century rallied for a 7-6 triumph. Minnesota West is now 2-19; it hosts Western Technical College in a Saturday doubleheader.