Thunder Hawks strike late to edge Marshall softball

Scoring two runs on an error in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Montevideo Thunder Hawks snuck past Marshall 8-7 Monday in a non-conference softball game in Montevideo.

The Tigers had used a five-run sixth inning to claw back from a 6-2 deficit. Freshman Sadie Zahrbock had a two-run triple to tie the game in the sixth and Emily Mortier knocked in the go-ahead run before Montevideo’s two-run seventh.

The loss drops the Tigers to 1-2 on the season, but they continued to stay hot at the plate. After piling up 33 hits in a doubleheader against Redwood Valley last Friday, Marshall tagged Montevideo for 13 hits Monday.

Marshall head coach Jack Houseman said though the Tigers did well with the bat, they struggled to get some timely hits on Monday.

“We got off to a slow start and put that big inning together in the sixth. But we left 11 people on base for the game, so we’re not happy about that,” he said.

Montevideo sure didn’t get off to a slow start. The Thunder Hawks scored two runs in the first inning and four in the second inning against Marshall starter Callie Graff. Montevideo batters drew four walks in each of the first two innings. Graff was replaced by Miranda Fischer in the third inning and she kept Montevideo off the board until the seventh.

Fischer also led the charge for the Tigers offensively, going 4-for-5 with two doubles. Brooke Louwagie and Jayme Citrowske each added two hits to Marshall’s cause.

Houseman said the Tigers’ defense played better Monday than it did in Friday’s doubleheader, at least until the end when Montevideo scored two runs on a Marshall error in the seventh. Marshall had eight errors during Friday’s games, but cut it down to two errors on Monday.

Marshall will get a chance to get back in the win column today with a pair of Southwest Conference games against Jackson County Central in Jackson.