Shaking off a rare non-conference loss earlier in the week, the Redwood Valley girls softball team got back on track with a doubleheader sweep of host Luverne Thursday afternoon.
The Cardinals improved to 9-1 overall and a perfect 6-0 in SWC play, topping Luverne by scores of 17-6 and 14-4 in the two-game set.
In game one, the Cardinals belted out 20 hits and took advantage of six Luverne errors to take a comfortable 8-3 lead into the fifth inning.
In the seventh, the Cards would erupt for seven runs to put the game away.
Sam Felt picked up the victory, allowing five earned runs on nine hits, striking out three and walking three.
Julia Busiahn had a huge game at the plate, going 4-for-6 with a pair of doubles, an?RBI and three runs scored.
Ashley Bunting also had a solid outing, going 4-for-5 with an RBI and three runs scored and Steph Jensen was 3-for-6 with a double and two RBI.
Tara Sandgren finished 3-for-5 with three RBI and three runs scored, Victoria Quast went 3-for-5 with three RBI and Alison Curry was 2-for-4 with two runs scored.
Felt doubled and picked up an RBI, and Callie Hansen had a hit and scored two runs.
In game two, the Cardinals actually trailed 3-1 after one inning of play but would score four in the second, four more in the fourth and five in the fifth as they needed just five innings to take down Luverne 14-4.
Errors again proved costly for Luverne, as they had six more in game two, finishing with 12 in the two-game set compared to just two for Redwood Valley.
Felt would earn her ninth win of the season on the hill, allowing four earned runs on four hits, striking out three and walking one.
Bunting was 3-for-4 with an RBI and three runs scored, Sandgren was 2-for-3 with two RBI and Quast had a huge game, going 2-for-3 with a pair of doubles and five RBI. Felt had a pair of RBI, and Busiahn was 1-for-2.
It’s been an impressive start to the season offensively for the Cardinals who are averaging more than 10 runs per game.
Junior standout Ashley Bunting has been outstanding, getting hits in 28-of-39 at-bats for a .712 batting average.
The Cardinals are back in action today at Minneota and travel to Pipestone Area Thursday for a key SWC twinbill.