Gochanour homers FHS to sweep

BLUE EARTH – Micaela Gochanour achieved a rarity in prep softball on Tuesday.

Gochanour slugged a grand slam home run in both ends of a South Central Conference doubleheader to power the Fairmont Cardinals to a sweep over the Blue Earth Area Bucs in Blue Earth.

Gochanour went 3-for-4 with a grand slam homer in the third inning en route to five RBIs to pace the Cardinals’ opening 11-0, five-inning triumph over the Bucs.

Gochanour, who finished the twinbill with an incredible nine RBIs, pounded a second-inning grand slam to help engineer Fairmont’s 11-1, five-inning victory over BEA in Game 2.

But Gochanour was not alone in supplying potent offense from the batter’s box as Courtney Guetter went a combined 5-for-8 with three RBIs on the two-game span. Guetter went 2-for-4 with two RBIs in Game 1.

Aly Eversman went 2-for-4, Allison Moeller went 1-for-3 with two RBIs, while Taylor Nuss singled in a run during the Cardinals’ opener.

Eversman fired a one-hit shutout in the opener, striking out five and walking four in five frames to earn the complete-game win.

Caitlyn Holm generated the Bucs’ only hit of Game 1.

Buc starting pitcher Angie Cyphers allowed 11 runs on nine hits, struck out one and walked six in four innings to take the loss. Bethany Olson gave up one hit and struck out two in one shutout inning of relief.

Abby Fitzgerald went 4-for-4 with a pair of doubles to help ignite Fairmont’s offense in Game 2, while Guetter went 3-for-4 with one RBI.

Kristen Campe smacked a two-run home run in the first inning en route to a 3-for-4 performance and three RBIs for the Cardinals, while Moeller added a 2-for-3 effort.

Mikayla Krzywicki allowed one run on five hits, struck out four and did not issue a walk in five frames to earn the complete-game victory for Fairmont in Game 2.

Fairmont (9-7, 4-2 SCC) travels to Waseca on Friday, while Blue Earth Area travels to Waseca on Thursday.

(Game 1)

FHS 405 20 – 11 10 0

BEA 000 00 – 0 1 1

Aly Eversman (WP) and Tieryn Arens. Angie Cyphers (LP), Bethany Olson (5) and Kylie Ahl.

(Game 2)

BEA 001 00 – 1 5 1

FHS 342 02 – 11 13 0

Bethany Olson (LP) and Kylie Ahl. Mikayla Krzywicki (WP) and Tieryn Arens.

Fairmont swept Blue Earth Area in junior varsity action, 14-6 and 6-1, Tuesday in Blue Earth.

Mallory Gochanour collected three hits and three RBIs to top the Cardinals in the opener, while Mariah Gochanour and Courtney Williams each netted two RBIs. Rita Alessandro and Jordan Ehlert each supplied two hits for Fairmont in Game 1.

Allison Johnston struck out six in five innings pitched to earn the complete-game victory for the Cardinals in the opening contest.

Mallory Gochanour and Mariah Gochanour each delivered one hit and one RBI to pace Fairmont in Game 2.

Marissa Krzywicki, Payton Walser and Katelyn Korn each collected RBIs for the Cardinals in the nightcap.

Fairmont (7-7) travels to Waseca on Friday.

Cleveland 3, Madelia/Truman 2 – Megan Hobson collected two hits and scored two runs to help the Clippers edge the Jayhawks, 3-2, during a 12-inning Valley Conference marathon on Tuesday in Cleveland.

Desi Becker went 3-for-5 with a double for Cleveland, while Megan Gjemse went 2-for-4. Lily Hollerich netted an RBI double, while Cassidy Kopet singled in a run.

Briannia Pearson went 2-for-5 with an RBI to top the Jayhawks, while Savannah Hodge singled and scored a run. Sierra McCraw added a hit for M/T, while Melody Colon scored a run.

Becker allowed two runs – one earned – on four hits, struck out a staggering 22 and walked two in 12 innings of work to earn the complete-game victory.

Jayhawk right-hander Beth Kotewa chalked up 15 strikeouts and walked only two in 11 2/3 innings inside the pitcher’s circle. Kotewa allowed three runs – two earned – on nine hits.

Outfielder Hanna Hartman delivered two defensive gems for M/T by turning a pair of double plays in extra innings, including throwing out a Clipper runner at the plate in the 11th.

Madelia/Truman (4-10, 2-4 Valley) travels to Nicollet on Thursday for a 4 p.m. Game 1 of a split doubleheader before hosting Lake Crystal-Wellcome Memorial at 7 p.m. Thursday night in Madelia.