After dropping a pair of home contests on Friday to Dickinson, the Minot High softball team bounced back in a big way Monday evening.
The Majettes pounded out a combined 20 hits in a doubleheader sweep of Bismarck Legacy in Class A West Region softball action at the South Hill Complex.
Minot won by scores of 12-2 and 14-2, with both games ending in the fifth inning because of the 10-run rule.
“We came out and got after it,” Minot coach Gerard Cederstrom said. “Offensively, we are attacking the pitches.”
In the opener, Minot starting pitcher, eighth-grader Jenna Andrysiak, struggled out of the gate, as she yielded two runs in the first inning. Legacy sophomore Whitney Thomas smacked an RBI triple. Moments later, Thomas scored on a Minot throwing error.
But Andrysiak settled in.
From there on out, Andrysiak retired 12 of the final 14 batters she faced.
“Our pitchers are doing a better job of hitting their spots,” Cederstrom said.
And Andrysiak didn’t not have to wait long to get some run support.
The Majettes plated four runs in their half of the first. Senior Kayla Budeau and sophomore Marisa Andrysiak each logged RBI singles in the inning. The big blow in the inning was an RBI triple by junior Jocelyn Lucy. Senior Cassie Askvig also came home on a Legacy error.
The Minot bats were far from being done.
In the third, Askvig added an RBI double, while freshman Jaycie Rostad drove home a run in the fourth with a single.
In the fifth, Minot ended the game with a six-run frame. The Majettes were aided in the inning by four walks and one Legacy defensive gaff. Askvig drove in a pair of runs with a single.
Jenna Andrysiak pitched the full five innings for Minot. She allowed two runs on four hits, while striking out three and walking one.
In the nightcap, the Majettes scored five runs in the first inning and were never threatened.
Hanna Andrysiak had a run-scoring triple in the first inning, while Askvig drove in two with a double.
However, the biggest hits for both Andrysiak and Askvig were still yet to come.
Andrysiak came to bat in the third with a runner on and drilled a pitch over the centerfield fence for her first home run of the season.
She is the last of the Andrysiak sisters to hit a homer.
“They were giving me crap,” she said. “But I was relaxed and got a pitch. When I am relaxed, I hit better.”
As part of a six-run fourth inning, Askvig also drove a pitch over the centerfield fence for a two-run home run. The long ball capped a 3-for-3 effort at the plate for Askvig, which included five RBIs and two runs scored.
“I feel like we are really executing at the plate,” said Andrysiak, who finished 2-for-2 at the plate in the nightcap. “We scored a lot of runs with two out.”
Marisa Andrysiak earned the win in Game 2 for Minot. She pitched the first four innings, allowing two runs on two hits, while striking out six and walking one.
And while Cederstrom is pleased with how his team is playing, he still says there are things to work on.
“Defensively, we are still making some miscues,” he said. “But the kids are playing well right now.”
Minot (12-5 overall) hosts Mandan this afternoon at 4:30 p.m.
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