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Softball: Errors costly in loss to South

The Irish started the season with back-to-back wins before dropping two.

Five untimely errors factored into all six of Lakeville South's runs in Rosemount's 6-1 loss to the Cougars Monday afternoon at The Cove.

Before that, the Irish were errorless in the field in starting the season with back-to-back wins. In a 4-2 victory over Irondale Friday afternoon, they were flawless on the nine defensive plays left up to them as starter Gabby Sprang struck out 12 in a no-hitter.

Melissa Seldon ripped an RBI triple and scored on a passed ball to give the Irish an early 2-0 lead. Seldon added another RBI single in the third and Hannah Esselman tagged a sacrifice fly.

A day later in the team's South Suburban opener against Apple Valley, Sprang relied more on her defense as she struck out just four and cut her walks down to two in a 6-3 victory in the first game of a doubleheader. The Eagles jumped on eighth-grade pitcher Hailey Martinez for seven runs in the first two innings in her first varsity start and held on for a 7-6 win to salvage a split.

Sprang helped herself early in the opener with RBI singles in the second and fourth innings.

The Irish broke a 3-3 tie in the seventh thanks to three straight run-scoring singles by Esselman, Madi Van Sickle and Karly Kirchgatter.

The clutch hits were nowhere to be found in the final three innings of Game 2 and the Irish finished with 11 runners left on base.

Nichole Johnson provided three of the team's five hits Monday against South. That loss evened the Irish's record at 2-2 overall heading into a road game at Eagan Wednesday afternoon. They are back at home this afternoon against Prior Lake.

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