The Redwood Valley girls softball team made it five straight victories to open the season with an impressive sweep of visiting Marshall Tuesday afternoon at the RVHS softball complex.
The Cardinals have averaged 10 runs a game in their five wins and Tuesday would improve to 4-0 in?SWC?play with 7-2 and 9-2 victories over the outmanned Tigers.
Things got off to an interesting start in the bottom of the first in game one as Marshall third basemen Jessica Tubbs took a line-drive off her forehead that required 14-stitches and an ambulance trip to the Redwood Falls Hospital.
The Cardinals would respond with a five-run inning, including a three-run double off the bat of Tara Sandgren and never looked back.
Redwood Valley would add two more in the second and coasted to a 7-2 victory.
Sam Felt was devastating on the hill, allowing two earned runs on just two hits, striking out six and walking only one.
Sandgren finished 2-for-3 with a double and three?RBI’s, Nicole Bunting was 2-for-4, Ashley Bunting finished 2-for-3 and Felt went 2-for-2.
Julia Busiahn was 1-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s, Callie Hansen had a hit and Victoria?Quast would finish 1-for-3.
In game two, the Cardinals led 3-1 after three innings of play and would tack on two runs in each of the fourth, fifth and sixth innings to complete a 9-2 win and the sweep.
Felt was strong again on the hill, allowing two earned runs on two hits, striking out nine and walking three.
She also went 1-for-3 at the plate with a triple.
Sandgren was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI’s, Ashley?Bunting was 2-for-3, Steph Jensen added a hit and an RBI and Nicole Bunting picked up an RBI.
Monday afternoon the Cardinals battled nasty weather conditions to roll Red Rock Central 12-1 in five innings.
Felt had eight strikeouts to earn the victory.
Nicole Bunting went 2-for-3 with three?RBI’s, Ashley?Bunting was 2-for-4 and Alison Curry went 2-for-4 with an?RBI.
The Cards travel to RCW on Thursday for a non-conference match-up.