The Free Press, Mankato, MN


April 12, 2014

Looft's blast is the difference as West Beats East

Larsen gets win, Black earns the save


East grabbed a 2-1 lead in the bottom of the frame off Scarlets’ starter Jen Larsen. Anderson, a senior third baseman, singled sharply off Larsen’s leg before senior first baseman Shelby Beckman rocketed a two-run blast over the center field fence.

“It felt really good when I hit it and I was just hoping it was going to go out,” said Beckman, who along with Keim-Wolfe and Anderson ripped two hits each. “I thought we played really well today.”

After Paige Lingbeck’s RBI, fifth-inning single put the Cougars in front 3-2, Megan Svir’s double to deep left field and Lexy Schoper’s single up the middle set up Looft’s blast over the right-center field fence.

“I just wanted to get a base hit and when I hit it I knew it was a good one, but I wasn’t sure it was going to go over,” Looft said. “I think a lot of girls didn’t know what to expect yesterday, but we knew today that if we didn’t hit the ball we weren’t going to win.”

West extended its lead to 5-3 in the seventh when slick-fielding eighth-grade second baseman Emily Veroeven singled up the middle and eventually scored on Hannah Hastings’ infield base hit.

Looft and senior right fielder/pitcher Bre Black led a 10-hit Scarlets’ attack with two apiece. Larsen allowed three runs on six hits over five innings before Black gave up one run on four hits the rest of the way. Keim-Wolfe struck out two and walked one in going the distance.

Today, East plays a 3 p.m. doubleheader in Winona and the Scarlets host their own eight-team tournament at Caswell Park beginning at 11 a.m.

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