Defensive miscues sink Falcons
La Salle Prep baseball and softball teams both came up just short of their bids to make the Class 4A playoffs, losing in May 22 play-in games.
La Salle guys lost 6-2 at Cottage Grove, while La Salle girls dropped a heartbreaker to Marshfield 2-1. Defensive miscues proved costly in both games.
La Salle hardballers committed four errors, and only two Cottage Grove runs were earned; La Salle softballers committed three errors and neither Marshfield run was earned.
La Salle coeds had plenty of chances to put the Pirates away, even with their errors. They left no fewer than 11 baserunners stranded.
La Salle junior Loryn Williams pitched a gem in the softball teams loss, striking out 15 batters, walking two and yielding only three hits. The Falcons only struck out three times and they walked five times. But they had 12 pop ups and managed only three hits themselves.
La Salle senior Cydney Chvilicek gave the Falcons hope in the bottom of the seventh when she doubled with two down, putting runners on second and third. But the next Falcon batter popped up to third, ending he game.
Freshmen Emily Goodman also doubled in the losing effort and freshman Jasmine Gloden had a base hit.
La Salle scored its lone run in the bottom of the third on a base-on-balls by Makenzie Cook, a fielders choice by Nicole Schreiber, and a run-scoring fielders choice by Chvilicek. The Falcons left the bases loaded in that inning, when a batter popped up to shortstop.
With the win, 17th-ranked Marshfield (17-10) advanced to todays first round of the Class 4A state softball playoffs. Fifteenth-ranked La Salle finished up at 18-9 with the loss.