WOODBURY — The Stillwater softball team hit a rough stretch after recent victories over highly regarded Park and Forest Lake. The Ponies have dropped three of four in Suburban East Conference play to fall out of contention for the league championship.
The Ponies (8-5 SEC, 11-5) were blanked by White Bear Lake 4-0 on Monday, May 8 and followed that up with a 7-0 loss at conference front-runner Woodbury on Wednesday, May 10. Stillwater also dropped a 3-2 decision against East Ridge on May 4, but followed that up with a nonconference win over Hudson and a 15-1 victory over Cretin-Derham Hall.
“We have a few more conference games and then the section,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said. “The road to the section championship will have to go through Woodbury.”
The Royals (11-2, 12-2) started slowly in conference play, but have won nine in a row and stand alone in first place in the conference standings.
Ashley Mickschl was sharp while limiting the Ponies to just two hits in the complete game shutout. She also finished with eight strikeouts.
“She pitched a terrific game,” Beedle said. “She had pin-point control and her change of speeds baffled our players. She’s a terrific pitcher who had a terrific game.”
Woodbury also belted three home runs, including two solo homers by lead-off batter Amanda Dickmeyer and another by Shannon Motzko.
Tatiana Tabucol and Amelia Kraft each finished with an infield hit for the Ponies, who have not scored a run in 14 consecutive innings.
Stillwater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 2 2
Woodbury 1 3 0 1 0 2 x — 7 10 0
WP: Ashley Mickschl 7-ip, 2-h, 0-r, 0-er, 0-bb, 8-so
LP: Emma Murphy 3-ip, 6-h, 5-r, 2-er, 1-bb, 2-so
Leading hitters: St, Tatiana Tabucol 1×3 and Amelia Kraft 1×2; Wo, Amanda Dickmeyer 2×4 (2 HR, 2 RBI) and Shannon Motzko 3×3 (HR, 2 RBI).
White Bear Lake 4, Stillwater 0
At Oak Park Heights, Eden Ambrose kept the Ponies off balance in a complete game shutout, limiting the Ponies to five hits and two walks with seven strikeouts in a 4-0 conference win on Monday, May 8 at Stillwater Area High School.
The Ponies were unable to come up with a clutch hit with runners on base, but also limited White Bear Lake to just one run when the Bears had opportunities to break the game open.
“We only had three kids who had hits and when you only have three hitting the ball you’re probably not going to score many runs,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said. “Our pitch selection was not very good.”
Stillwater also helped the Bears withi five errors.
“We didn’t catch it and throw very well,” Beedle said. “When you have five errors in the SEC your chances of winning are not very good. We did work our way out of trouble to stay in the game. It could have been worse.
“When we play without emotion and things don’t go our way, we don’t seem to have a way to work out of those funks. That’s something we’ll have to figure out as we move into the last third of our season.”
WB Lake 1 0 1 0 1 0 1 — 4 8 0
Stillwater 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 — 0 5 5
WP: Eden Ambrose 7-ip, 5-h, 0-r, 0-er, 2-bb, 7-so
LP: Emma Murphy 7-ip, 8-h, 4-r, 1-er, 4-bb, 4-so
Leading hitters: WBL, Elizabeth Lilygren 2×3 (2B, 2 RBI); St, Alex Ehde 2×3, Murphy 2×3 and Cleo Nystrom 1×3.
Stillwater 15, C-D Hall 1 (5 inn.)
At St. Paul, the Ponies unloaded 17 hits and took advantage of six walks for a total of 23 base runners in a 15-1 five-inning victory at Cretin-Derham Hall on Saturday, May 6.
Stillwater jumped out to a 10-0 lead after two innings and added four more runs in the third.
Emma Murphy did not walk a batter while allowing six hits and just one unearned run to earn the victory for Stillwater.
“She had prety good control and location and the defense played well behind her,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said.
Stillwater 4 6 4 0 1 — 15 17 1
C-D Hall 0 0 1 0 0 — 1 6 1
WP: Emma Murphy 5-ip, 6-h, 1-r, 0-er, 0-bb, 3-so
LP: Autam Mendez
Leading hitters: St, Alex Ehde 4×4 (3 runs), Olivia Walsh 2×3, Torri Chute 1×3, Tatiana Tabucol 1×1 (2 BB, 3 runs), Murphy 1×2 (2 BB), Cleo Nystrom 2×4 (2B, 3 runs), Amelia Kraft 3×4 (5 RBI), Annalise Bell 1×2 (2B), Emily White 1×1 (2B), Haley Eder-Zdechlik 1×3; C-DH, Marina Tschida 2×3 and Mady Morrison 2×2.
Stillwater 10, Hudson 7
At Hudson, Allison Benning and Annalise Bell gave workhose Emma Murphy a day off and the Ponies were able to posted a 10-7 nonconference victory over Hudson on Friday, May 5.
Stillwater took control with a six-run third inning, but also committed seven errors in the field to help the Raiders stay within striking distance.
“We had seven errors and the pitchers did OK,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said. “They gave up only one earned run, we just didn’t play very well behind them.”
Ten different players collected at least one hit for the Ponies, who received two hits apiece from Alex Ehde, Tatiana Tabucol, Emma Murphy and Amelia Kraft.
Stillwater 1 0 6 1 1 1 0 — 10 14 7
Hudson 2 1 0 0 2 0 2 — 7 7 2
WP: Allison Benning 3-ip, 3-h, 3-r, 1-er, 0-bb, 2-so
Leading hitters: St, Alex Ehde 2×3 (2 RBI), Olivia Walsh 1×4, Torri Chute 1×2, Britta Borman 1×2, Tatiana Tabucol 2×5 (2B), Emma Murphy 2×4, Katie Kurzejeski 1×1, Amelia Kraft 2×3, Benning 1×2, Haley Eder-Zdechlik 1×4; Hud, Colleen Halvorson 2×4 (HR, 2 RBI).
East Ridge 3, Stillwater 2
At Oak Park Heights, one day after victory over state-ranked Forest Lake, the Ponies stumbled in a 3-2 loss against East Ridge on Thursday, May 4 at SAHS.
“We just didn’t have timely hits,” Ponies coach Bob Beedle said.
Annaliese Bell led off the fifth with a triple and scored on a base hit by Amelia Kraft in the fifth inning as Stillwater evened the score at 1-all, but the Raptors answered with two runs in the sixth. Jada Western Boy and Kaylee Peterson produced RBI hits for East Ridge to build a 3-1 lead.
“When they added two on that became a problem,” Beedle said. “We tied it and they answered with two runs.”
Stillwater closed the gap with a run in the bottom of the sixth on a RBI single by Kraft.
East Ridge 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 — 3 6 1
Stillwater 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 — 2 7 1
WP: Hannah Stegeman 7-ip, 7-h, 2-r, 2-er, 3-bb, 2-so
LP: Emma Murphy 7-ip, 6-h, 3-r, 3-er, 1-bb, 0-so
Leading hitters: ER, Madeline Weid 2×3 (2B); St, Amelia Kraft 2×3, Annalise Bell 1×2 (3B), Olivia Walsh 1×4, Tatiana Tabucol 1×3 (BB), Cleo Nystrom 1×3 and Haley Eder-Zdechlik 1×3.