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Bomber softball wins first two games

by Mike Dalton

The CFHS softball team picked up its first win of the season Wednesday, May 8, beating LaCrescent 7-1.

Junior Lydia Franken pitched well, and was supported by solid defense. It was Cannon's best offensive showing of the season; Franken, Becca Vandenheuvel, Lindsay LaMoore and Sami Cromer each had two hits, and Anna Rapp, Gabby Heckmann, Brooke Peters and Kaylyn Nygaard had one each.

"It was a good win as we played solid defense, hit the ball and threw strikes," coach Michael Gunderson said.

Cannon got its second win of the season Saturday at their own invitational tournament, beating a weak Mpls. Edison team by a 12-0 score. Eleven different batters had hits, and Heckmann was credited with the win.

The Bombers lost 2-0 to a quality Rosemount team in its second game Saturday, giving up two quick runs and then settling down defensively.

Franken pitched a great game, Gunderson said. "She has thrown many solid games for us this season." Vandenheuvel had two hits.

Franken had another outstanding game in a losing effort Tuesday, May 7, 2-0 against Kasson-Mantorville.

The score was 0-0 in the bottom of the 6th when K-M put together a double and home run to win. "I'm not a big fan of moral victories, but I feel we gave one of the best teams in the state a real tough game," Gunderson said. Franken and Jordan Kasa had the only CF hits.

Control problems hurt Franken early in a 2-0 loss to Pine Island Thursday, but she was able to collect 11 strikeouts.

Cannon's defense played well, but managed only four hits. "This was a tough loss to a team we matched up very well with, but our lack of offense did us in," Gunderson said.

A questionable call Friday against Kenyon-Wanamingo played a big role in a 9-0 Bomber loss.

Starter Heckmann ran into trouble in the 5th, giving up four walks and wild pitches in a 5-run inning. A big call came when a batted ball hit a K-W runner as she tried to advance. She was not called out and the runners were not replaced on the base paths, leading to five runs being scored.

Cannon was at Triton Monday; no information was available.

The Bombers were at Lake City for a doubleheader Tuesday. They host Stewartville Wednesday, Goodhue Thursday and Zumbrota-Mazeppa Friday.

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