Fowler at Dansville – – First Game – – Softball Doubleheader – – The Bleacher Denizen – – May 11, 2022 – – by Chuck Krafft
This afternoon, your Bleacher Denizen will travel to Dansville to watch as the Aggies host the Eagles from Fowler in Softball.
In my “Red River Valley” rendition on my “Chuck Krafft” You Tube Channel, I remind everyone that you don’t know where the Red River Valley will lead you.
Unfortunately, it does not lead to Dansville High School. Fortunately, M-36 gets you pretty close, so the Bleacher Denizen revved up the BleacherDenizenMobile and made his way to Dansville.
Dansville has a nice new softball field. (I don’t know if this is the first year, but it is still a pretty cool place to watch softball with a nice, modern scoreboard!)
Here are the starting lineups for this game. Fowler will bat first and Dansville will be the home team batting last.
Avery Koenigsknecht c
Grace Piggott 3b
Paisley Hansen 1b
Brie Halfmann dp
Carly Andros p
Anna Andros cf
Brooke Weber 2b
Megan Hufnagel lf
Makenna Smith ss
Sarah Hawkins ss
Kourtney Mack cf
Erin Sherwood 1b
Kelsey St. John p
Gracie Taylor c
Sydney Hagelberger 3b
Madison Springsted 2b
Jenna Schild lf
Marleana Farr dp
Emily Tringal will play first base, but not bat.
It is now time to review the events of this game through the perspective of an aging Bleacher Denizen who will always fondly recall the only fair ball he ever hit in Little League! (It really DID happen once. I was a right handed batter and I bounced it to the shortstop, so technically I pulled it!!!) Alas, the Detroit Tigers (probably wisely) did not appreciate my potential, so my baseball career did not last long.
Dansville Pitcher Kelsey St. John retired Fowler’s first inning leadoff batter on a grounder to third base. Grace Piggott was safe at second base on an error and moved to third base on a single by Paisley Hansen. Dansville Catcher Gracie Taylor appeared to throw to second base to try to catch the runner stealing when Shortstop Sarah Hawkins cleverly intercepted the ball and threw to home plate where Gracie Taylor tagged out the runner from third attempting to score. Paisley Hansen went to second on that play and stole third base before Kelsey St. John got the third Fowler out on a grounder to shortstop.
Sarah Hawkins doubled to lead off the first inning for the Aggies. Carly Andros struck out the next batter. Erin Sherwood struck out, but when the third strike was not caught, Sarah Hawkins scored and Erin Sherwood was safe at first base. Kelsey St. John singled and Erin Sherwood advanced to second base. Halle Service came in as a courtesy runner for Kelsey St. John. Carly Andros retired the next two batters on a fly to left field and a popup to second base to end the inning.
Dansville scored one run in the bottom of the first inning to take a 1-0 lead.
Carly Andros grounded a single up the middle to lead off the second inning for the Eagles. Anna Andros singled and Carly Andros went to second base; an overthrow allowed Carly Andros to reach third base and Anna Andros took second base. Brooke Weber grounded out to second base to drive in Carly Andros and Anna Andros went to third base. Anna Andros scored when Megan Hufnagel was safe on an error.
Megan Hufnagel advanced to second base when Makenna Smith was safe at first on a squibbed hit. Avery Koenigsknecht was safe on an error; an overthrow permitted Megan Hufnagel and Makenna Smith to score. Avery Koenigsknecht ended up on second base. Avery Koenigsknecht stole third base. Kelsey St. John retired the next two batters on a fly to first base and a fly to center field to stop any further scoring.
Fowler scored four runs in the top of the second inning to take a 4-0 lead.
Carly Andros retired the three Dansville second inning batters on a ground ball to third base and two strikeouts.
Kelsey St. John retired the Eagle third inning leadoff batter on a fly to centerfield. Carly Andros was safe at first base on an error. Jenna Schild made a fine running basket catch in left field to record the second Fowler out. Carly Andros stole second base. Brooke Weber drew a walk. Kelsey St. John retired the next batter on a one hopper to the pitcher’s circle to end the inning.
Sarah Hawkins led off the third inning for the Aggies with a walk. She took second base on a single by Kourtney Mack. Carly Andros retired the next Dansville hitter on a popup to the shortstop. Kelsey St. John singled to right field to move Sarah Hawkins to third base and Kourtney Mack to second base. Gracie Taylor drove in Sarah Hawkins with a sacrifice fly to left field. Fowler left fielder Megan Hufnagel got the ball back to the infield quickly and caught a runner between second and third base. She was tagged out in a rundown to end the inning.
Dansville scored one run in the bottom of the third inning to trim the Fowler lead to 4-2.
Aggie Pitcher Kelsey St. John retired the Eagle leadoff hitter in the top of the fourth inning on a bunt to third base. Avery Koenigsknecht singled to left field. The next hitter was out on a liner to Aggie Shortstop Sarah Hawkins, who quickly threw to first to double the runner off and end the inning.
Carly Andros retired the Dansville fourth inning leadoff batter on a ground ball to the shortstop. Madison Springsted doubled to left center field. Carly Andros struck out the next two batters to end the inning.
Paisley Hansen tripled off the right field fence to lead off the fifth inning for Fowler. Brie Halfmann beat out a single on a slow roller down the third base line to drive Paisley Hansen home. Carly Andros singled to left field and Brie Halfmann took second base. Kelsey St. John retired the next batter on a fly to left field.
Brie Halfmann advanced to third base and Carly Andros to second base when Brooke Weber was safe at first on an error. Brie Halfmann scored, Carly Andros went to third and Brooke Weber to second when a fielder’s choice play was unsuccessful. Megan Hufnagel was safe at first on the play. Carly Andros was out at home, Brooke Weber advanced to third and Megan Hufnagel to second on a fielder’s choice grounder by Makenna Smith. Fowler made its third out on a fly to right field.
Fowler scored two runs in the top of the fifth inning to push its lead to 6-2.
Sarah Hawkins singled to right field to lead off the bottom of the fifth inning for the Aggies. Sarah Hawkins was out at second base and Kourtney Mack safe at first on a fielder’s choice grounder to the shortstop. Erin Sherwood singled to left field and Kourtney Mack went to second base. Kelsey St. John singled to center field. Fowler Centerfielder Faith Boyd made a fine throw home and the runner from second was out trying to score. Erin Sherwood took second base on the play. Carly Andros struck out the next batter to end the inning.
Kelsey St. John retired the Eagle sixth inning leadoff batter on a fly to right field. Paisley Hansen singled up the middle and stole second base. Kelsey St. John retired the next two batters on a grounder to the pitcher and a fly to center field to end the inning.
Sydney Hagelberger doubled to left field to open the bottom of the sixth inning for Dansville. Carly Andros retired the next Aggie batter on a fly to left field. Sydney Hagelberger took third base on a wild pitch. Jenna Schild drew a walk. Jenna Schild stole second base. Carly Andros retired the next batter on a popup to the shortstop. Sydney Hagelberger and Jenna Schild scored when Sarah Hawkins was safe at first base on an error. The next Aggie hitter was out on a fly to the shortstop to end the inning.
Dansville scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to shave the Fowler lead to 6-4.
Kelsey St. John retired the three Fowler seventh inning batters on a grounder to shortstop, a fly to the shortstop and another grounder to the shortstop.
Dansville came to bat in the bottom of the seventh inning needing two runs to tie the game. Carly Andros retired the Dansville seventh inning leadoff hitter on a liner to second base. Kelsey St. John boomed a double off the left field fence. Halle Service came in as a courtesy runner for Kelsey St. John. Fowler left fielder Megan Hufnagel made a tumbling catch of a drive off the bat of Sydney Hagelberger to record the second out.
Madison Springsted grounded a single down the third base line and Halle Service advanced to second base. Carly Andros got the next batter out on a fly to the shortstop to end the game.
Fowler won the game 6-4.
Kelsey St. John pitched a complete game for Dansville and led the hitting attack with a double and two singles. Madison Springsted and Sarah Hawkins each had a double and a single. Erin Sherwood had two singles. Sydney Hagelberger had a double. Kourtney Mack had a single. Gracie Taylor had one RBI.
Paisley Hansen had a triple and two singles for Fowler. Carly Andros had two singles. Brie Halfmann had a single and one RBI. Avery Koenigsknecht and Anna Andros each had one single. Megan Hufnagel had two RBI and Brooke Weber had one RBI.
Here is a link to the play by play report of the second game!