Mavericks stay tough against Vikings at 'B' softball
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood faced Kindred/Richland in the final quarterfinal of the 2021 Class B State Softball Tournament.
Matti Burchill was not flustered by the flurry of action in the bottom of the fourth inning.
At least not the first time.
Burchill, the catcher for the Kindred-Richland softball team, caught a bullet from first base to tag out Marleigh Henry of Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/Kenmare/Bowbells and clutch up a key second out in Thursday's final state softball quarterfinal.
The very next play, Burchill missed an overthrown ball and Katie Zimmer tied the game at a run each.
Unfortunately for Kindred-Richland, the catcher's miss and a handful of other mental errors decided the fate of the game.
The Mavericks defeated the Vikings 2-1 to advance to Friday's state semifinals. The Mavericks will take on defending state champion Central Cass tomorrow at 4 p.m. The Squirrels won out in a 3-2 battle with Wilton-Wing in quarterfinal No. 3.
In a game where errors were rather frequent, Mavericks' pitcher Ginger Savelkoul proved she is as mentally tough as anyone in the tourney.
"Today was a really hot one so I just had to stay mentally strong and tell myself I wasn't hot so that I could keep battling," Savelkoul said. "We definitely came out a little shaky at first but we just knew that we had to keep up the momentum and keep battling.
"In the end, we got the win so that's all that matters."
Savelkoul, a freshman pitcher for the Mavericks, tossed the full game and racked up the most strikeouts of any pitcher so far in the tournament throwing 15 Ks. The freshman gave up just four walks and allowed six hits.
"I didn't pitch the last game we played them," Savelkoul said. "It was a little bit of a different look for them this time and I don't think they were expecting it. I am proud of myself. I've been having a lot of good games lately. That just shows that I put in a lot of off-season work and it feels good because it pays off in the end for sure."
Kindred tried to make a run at the Mavericks in the top of the sixth but Savelkoul delivered strikeout No. 14 on a 3-2 count with runners on first and second to keep the game tied heading into the last 1 1/2 innings.
"The kids really enjoyed this game, we saw some growth but the errors kind of got us today," Kindred-Richland head coach Sam Brandt said. "(The Mavericks) have definitely gotten better. Their pitcher was throwing hard and they are playing well."
The Mavericks saw runners advance to second and third on a Vikings' error bringing up Maddy Johnson in the bottom of the sixth. Johnson advanced to first on a fielder's choice and Zimmer wound up scoring the winning run off a wild throw by pitcher Abigail McDonald.
"(Tomorrow) we just have to come out with the momentum right away and hopefully get the win too," Savelkoul said."
Mohall-Lansford-Sherwood/KB 2, Kindred/Richland 1
K/R 001 000 0 -- 1 6 4
M-LS 000 101 0 -- 2 3 1
M-LS: Savelkoul; K/R: McDonald. W -- Savelkoul; L -- McDonald
M-LS -- Savelkoul (7 IP, 6 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 15 K) 1-3; Kate Zimmer 1-2; Karsyn Lautenschlager 1-2.
K/R -- Leah Rolland 2-3, RBI, 2B; McDonald 1-3, 2B; Cora Johnson 1-2; Mackenzie Fuxa 1-4.