By Matthew Davis
Senior Maureen Zeleny shined on the pitching mound and at the plate as Fridley beat rival Columbia Heights 10-5.
Zeleny went seven innings and struck out seven en route to the April 21 Tri-Metro Conference softball victory. She also allowed five hits for the game, and for of the Hylanders’ runs didn’t come until the final inning.
Columbia Heights (2-6, 0-2 Tri-Metro) took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning, but Tigers jumped ahead 4-1 with a four-run fourth inning. The Tigers (4-5, 3-2 Tri-Metro) then piled on six more runs in the final three innings to secure the victory.
“I really stress to the girls to be confident in their bats,” Tigers coach Norah Antil said.
Fridley sophomores Hailee Schalwig and Audrey Zeleny stepped up with 2-3 hitting and an RBI apiece. Junior outfielder Olivia Fredrickson chipped an RBI too.
Hylanders junior pitcher Kira Greenfield took the loss in five innings of work with two strikeouts. Sophomore third base player Annika Olson drove in two of the Hylanders’ five runs.
Columbia Heights lost its fourth-straight contest on Monday, 2-0 loss to first-place Academy of Holy Angels (5-0, 4-0 Tri-Metro).
Greenfield went 3-3, and junior first base player Christine Erickson hit 1-3. Senior pitcher Cassidy Mason took the loss in six innings of action with two strikeouts, eight hits allowed and two earned runs.
Columbia Heights looked to regroup with a road contest at first-place St. Anthony Village (5-2, 4-0 Tri-Metro) on Thursday, which occurred after press deadlines. The Hyalnders closed the week Friday at DeLaSalle (8-2, 2-0 Tri-Metro) at 4:30 p.m.
Fridley cruised in its first game of the week, a 13-3 rout of Brooklyn Center (2-6, 0-4 Tri-Metro) on Monday. Tigers senior outfielder Abby Ladwig drove in four runs sophomore, and second base player Lucy Kuempel sent three baserunners home.
Maureen Zeleny had another big game at the plate with a 2-3 showing and two RBI. She also pitched the Tigers to victory with three strikeouts in five winnings while allowing three runs on four hits.
Fridley won back-to-back games for the first time this spring and looked to make it three straight against St. Agnes (4-4, 2-2 Tri-Metro) on Wednesday and Visitation on Thursday, which occurred after press deadlines. The Tigers return to action May 2 at home against DeLaSalle at 4:30 p.m. and then hit the road for two more conference games. The Tigers visit Holy Angels May 3 at 4:15 p.m. and Concordia-Academy (3-4, 1-3 Tri-Metro) May 4 at 4:30 p.m.
Irondale goes 1-1 at Polar Classic
Irondale hit the 10-run for the first time this season in beating Spring Lake Park 10-4 at the Polar Classic in North St. Paul April 22. The Knights fell short in their first game of the tournament 5-1 to West Fargo, North Dakota.
Irondale opened the week with a 4-1 loss at Osseo on Monday. Sophomore pitcher Mackensie Wolterstorff took the loss for the Knights in six innings of work. She threw three strikeouts and 14 first-pitch strikes. Junior infielder Sammie Ostlund led the Knights offensively with two hits.
Totino-Grace moves to 4-1
Erin Poepping and Wlazlo got the offense going early for Totino-Grace with an RBI apiece as the Eagles held on 2-1 against Centennial on Monday.
Poepping also stepped up on the mound with nine strikeouts in seven innings as the Eagles improved to 4-1 for the season.