Lauren Kohlgraf (left) hit an opposite homerun in Game 1 versus Little Falls on April 24. She also collected a win after tossing all seven innings for the victory. Shea Asmus(right) collected her first varsity homerun in Game 2 versus Little Falls. It was a two-run homerun to bring the game within three runs in the fifth inning. Mora split the double-header and is 1-1 to start the season.
The Mora softball team split their season opener on the road in Little Falls on Monday, April 24, as they played a double-header to open up conference play. They won the first game 14-12 and were led offensively by the entire team, as they sprayed 16 hits.
Steffen, Shea Asmus, Kohlgraf, Jennae Szucs and Rhiannon Ashworth all collected multiple hits for Mora. Sophie Steffen collected four hits in five at bats to help lead the Mustangs to victory. Steffen singled in the first, doubled in the second, singled in the fourth and tripled in the seventh. Lindsey Nosbush drove in one when she tripled. Kohlgraf hit an opposite field homerun in the third inning. She finished the game with four RBIs. Sophomore second baseman Teagan Oslin scored two runs on a sac-bunt.
It was back and forth late in the game. Despite a grand slam by the Flyer’s left fielder, Kendra Couture in the sixth inning to take a 11-9 lead, the Mustangs responded by putting up a five-run seventh inning and eventually won the first game of the 2023 season.
Lauren Kohlgraf was in the pitcher’s circle for Mora. Kohlgraf surrendered 12 runs on 11 hits over seven innings, striking out eight and collecting her first win of the season.
Game two was a different story which had Little Falls jumping out on top first and never looking back despite being outhit by the Mustangs 12 to 10. Shea Asmus, Sophie Steffen, Nosbush, Kohlgraf and Jennae Szucs all managed multiple hits for the Mustangs. Szucs, Kohlgraf, Nosbush, Steffen and Asmus each managed two hits to lead Mora. The girls also tore up the base paths, as three players stole at least two bases. Szucs led the way with three.
Mora was down 3-0 before Rhiannon Ashworth hit in Steffen for the first run. Little Falls responded with three more runs in the top of the fifth inning. Shea Asmus punched back with a two-run homerun and an RBI double by Nosbush in the bottom of the fifth helped make it 6-5 when the inning was all said and done.
Unfortunately, Little Falls snatched the momentum right back with a six run sixth inning to make it 12-5. Mora never gave up as they would score four runs in the remaining two innings but it just wasn’t enough as they dropped Game 2 13-9. Athey was dubbed with the loss as the righthander went five innings, allowing six runs on four hits and striking out three. Lauren Kohlgraf threw two innings out of the bullpen. Little Falls collected 10 hits. Johnson, Couture, Leah Leblanc and Middendorf each managed multiple hits for Little Falls. The Flyers didn’t commit a single error in the field.
Mora pays a visit to Milaca on Thursday, April 27, for another Granite Ridge Conference double-header. First game is at 4:00 p.m. with game two to follow.
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