A two-run six-inning proved to be the difference as St. James stunned host Redwood Valley 3-2 in a non-conference girls softball showdown.
The Cardinals (7-1) had dominated non-conference play heading into the game, going 3-0 and outscoring its opponents 35-1 with 43 hits.
This time however the Saints were able to score three late runs and would pick up a big Section 3AA win over the Cardinals who travel to Luverne on Thursday in the hopes of staying unbeaten in SWC play.
Sam Felt would pick up the loss, allowing just two earned runs on three hits, striking out 10 and walking five in seven innings of work.
Ashley Bunting was 4-for-4 with two runs scored, Tara Sandgren was 2-for-4 and Julia Busiahn went 1-for-3.
Alison Curry and Steph Jensen also picked up hits in the loss.
On Monday, Redwood Valley cruised to an 11-0 win over host Springfield.
The Cardinals led 3-0 after three innings of play and would tack on a single run in the fourth, two more in the fifth and would put the game away with a five-run top of the seventh.
Felt stymied the Tiger hitters, allowing just two hits, striking out 10 and walking just two on the way to the complete game victory.
Offensively the Cardinals were led by Ashley Bunting who went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI.
Sandgren belted out her second HR of the season, going 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI’s.
Callie Hansen was 2-for-4 with two runs scored, Felt was 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI’s and Busiahn added a double and an RBI.
Victoria Quast chipped in with a hit and an RBI and Curry was 1-for-4 with an?RBI.
Tiffany Schwanke and Kendra Brown had the two hits for the Tigers (2-3).
Friday afternoon the Cardinals travelled to RCW for a make-up game and throttled the Jaguars (2-4) 12-0 in six innings.
Felt once again dominated, pitching a no-hitter and striking out 12 in six innings of work.
Offensively the Cards finished with 18 hits led by Ashley Bunting who was 4-for-5 with a pair of RBI’s.
Quast was 3-for-3, Felt and Curry each went 2-for-4 with RBI’s, Sandgren went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and Nicole Bunting was 2-for-5 with an RBI.
Steph Jensen added a hit and an RBI, Busiahn was 1-for-4 with two runs scored and an RBI and Hansen went 1-for-3 with an RBI.
The Cards are 4-0 in SWC play heading into a pair of big twinbill’s at Luverne and Pipestone.