Playing well in every facet of the game Saturday, the Marshall softball team went a perfect 3-0 at a tournament in Pipestone to move to 10-5 on the season.
The Tigers played teams from three states Saturday. They opened with a 4-2 win over Watertown (S.D.), then claimed a 7-1 win over Valley City (N.D.) before wrapping up their day with a dominant 16-1 victory over Edgerton/Southwest Minnesota Christian.
Marshall used a three-run sixth inning to come back from a 2-1 deficit on its way to victory against Watertown. Sadie Zahrbock had a key two-run triple in the inning.
Marshall head coach Jack Houseman said it was a quality win to start the tournament with.
"It was a good day of softball for us," said Houseman, whose team won seven of eight games during the week. "Watertown was a good team and had probably the best pitcher we've since this year. It took us a while to figure things out but it was a well-played defensive game and we figured out their pitcher in the sixth inning and put up some runs."
The Tigers had five hits in the game. Brooke Louwagie was 2-for-2 and Emily Mortier was 1-for-3 with an RBI double.
Watertown000 101 0-2 3 1
Marshall000 103 X-4 5 1
M-Callie Graff. W-Elli Stevenson. WP-Graff. LP-Stevenson. 2B: W-Tamara Funke; M-Emily Mortier. 3B: M-Sadie Zahrbock.
Valley City 000 001 0-1 8 2
Marshall 100 204 X-7 15 0
VC-Jessica Denholm. M-Miranda Fischer. WP-Fischer. LP-Denholm. 2B: M-Brooke Louwagie, Julia Marshall. 3B: VC-Danica Diegel. M-Mortier, Louwagie.
Marshall375 01-16 18 2
E/SWC100 00-1 7 3
M-Fischer. E/SWC-Breanna Nelson. WP-Fischer. 2B: M-Mortier 2, Marshall 2, Katie Kaiser.
Callie Graff held Watertown to just two runs (one earned) on three hits. She had four strikeouts and walked two batters.
Marshall used a similar formula in the second game against Valley City. Strong pitching by Miranda Fischer kept Valley City off the board and the Marshall offense emerged in the late innings for the 7-1 win. The Tigers scored four runs in the sixth inning to put the game away.
Fischer held Valley City to one run on eight hits with seven strikeouts and no walks.
Freshman Julia Marshall was 3-for-3 in the game with a double. Louwagie was 3-for-4 with a double and a triple, and Mortier also had a triple.
Mortier stayed hot at the plate against Edgerton/SWC, going 3-for-4 with two doubles and four RBIs in the 16-1 win.
"Emily kind of came out of her shell and started ripping the ball well to the fence, Sadie (Zahrbock) too," Houseman said. "Brooke was as consistent as ever and Miranda did a good job throwing back-to-back games with no walks."
Fischer held Edgerton/SWC to one run on seven hits with six strikeouts. She got plenty of support at the plate, as Marshall piled up 18 hits. Julia Marshall was 2-for-4 with 2 doubles and four RBIs, and Madison Radel was 2-for-2.
Marshall also played well in the field throughout the day, going through three games with just three errors combined.
The Tigers have a few tough tests this week. They play defending Class AA champion New Ulm today in Marshall, then play at Tracy-Milroy-Balaton (10-1 overall) on Tuesday before facing the 9-1 Pipestone Area at home on Thursday.