Softball: Warriors belt out 2 Ws vs. Tech
Jordyn Sullivan said she's been working on her swing and she proved it Tuesday.
The Brainerd Warriors junior finished a combined 4-for-4 with four RBIs, a walk, two runs and a home run to power Brainerd to a 10-0 and 22-5 Central Lakes Conference doubleheader sweep of St. Cloud Tech at Adamson Field in Brainerd.
Sullivan's two-run homer came during a five-run third inning of Game One, that pushed Brainerd's lead to 6-0.
"I've been working a lot on my swing and I think it's finally starting to pay off," Sullivan said. "I thought it was a good home run. It was a line drive right where I wanted it. It was right between right field and center."
When she wasn't smashing home runs, Sullivan was shutting down Tech batters. The pitcher struck out five, walked none and scattered four hits over five innings for the Game One win.
Sullivan got into one jam in the third when Tech loaded the bases with two outs, but she struck out Amber Orcutt on four pitches to end the threat.
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Warriors win two
- Key: Brainerd belted out a combined 28 hits to score 32 runs
- Conf: Brd 2-0, SCT 0-2
- Overall: Brd 5-0, SCT 0-3
- Next: Brainerd at Alexandria 5 p.m. Thursday
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"My changeup was working pretty well and I got a lot of girls on my rise ball," Sullivan said. "That was my No. 1 pitch tonight. It's just nice to have a great defense behind me and I can rely on them. I have trust in them and faith that they'll have my back."
Sullivan wasn't the only player banging the ball around. Eighth-grader Olivia Tautges followed Sullivan with a solo home run.
Lexi Roby finished 2-3 with three runs, a double, a stolen base and RBI. Elaina Christiansen was 2-2 with a walk, a run and two RBIs and Jenna Meyer drove in two runs on a bloop double that ended the game in the bottom of the fifth.
"I think all of our hard work in the gym for those five or six weeks, depending on who showed up for spring break, paid off," Warriors head coach Shane Jordan said. "They came ready to work hard in the gym. They never complained. They've really embraced getting better, whether it's in a gym or on the field, and that's why you saw 18 kids step up and make plays."
Brainerd's bats weren't silenced for the second game. Christiansen gutted her way to a 2-3 performance with two walks, five runs and four RBIs. Thirteen different Warriors accounted for 16 hits. Lexi Roby was 2-2 with two runs.
Sullivan was 1-1 with two RBIs that highlighted an 11-run first inning. Brainerd needed just five hits to score its 11 runs as Tech booted three plays in the inning.
The Warriors added a run in the second, two in the third, four in the fourth and four in the fifth for the 22-5 victory.
"The middle of our defense is really good," Jordan said. "Claire Ceynowa behind the plate has really improved her game back there. Sullivan in the circle is awesome and then you have Cassidy (Zontelli) and Lexi (Roby) at second and short and their second to nobody and then you throw (Christiansen) out in center field and she's just fearless and is as fast as anybody. You feel really good."
Kelsey Stroot, Kealy Johnson and Olivia Sedlachek also drove in two runs each.
Abby Pelowski pitched the victory. She allowed eight hits and five runs. She walked one and struck out four, including all three batters she faced in the second inning.
The Warriors racked up 10 walks to go with its 16 hits. Kasia Kroll walked twice and scored twice. Clare Ceynowa was 1-2 with three runs and a walk.
Brainerd moves to 5-0 in the abbreviated start to the season.
"I think we all just needed to have the right mindsets and focus," Sullivan said. "We have great team chemistry and as long as we're working together and making sure everything is working we're good."
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St. Cloud Tech 0 4 3
Brainerd 10 12 0
WP: Jordan Sullivan. LP: Katie Hinkemeyer. 2B: Brd-Emma Korhonen, Lexi Roby, Jenna Meyer. HR: Sullivan, Olivia Tautges.
St. Cloud Tech 5 8 4
Brainerd 22 16 1
WP: Abby Pelowski. LP:Hinkemeyer. 2B: Brd-Elaina Christiansen, Jaden Veith.