May 2, 2007
Hunters stun previously-unbeaten Hawks
Scratch Hermantown from a short list of unbeatens
in local high school softball.
Denfeld defeated the Hawks 6-3 on Tuesday at Wade Fields, handing
Hermantown its first loss in 10 games.
Laura Bellamy scattered six hits and fanned three
as the Hunters improved to 8-4.
“It was a great win for our kids,”
Denfeld Coach Dick Swanson said in an e-mail message Wednesday.
“To strive to be the best you have to beat the best and Hermantown
is the level of team with which we want to compete. Hermantown has
pretty much defined fastpitch softball in the northern half of Minnesota
for the past 10-12 years, and coach (Tom) Bang is very deservedly
considered the ‘dean’ of fastpitch coaches in the area.
Hermantown is always at the top of the Lake Superior Conference.”
Denfeld trailed 3-0 but fought back.
“Laura Bellamy didn’t have her best
stuff but battled all the way,” Swanson said. “Seeing
seniors Croger, Talbot, Ridgewell and Lowe come through was rewarding.
Erin Ridgewell hit a two-run home run over the centerfield fence
to drive in the winning run. Molly Talbot had two hits and two RBI,
Tanya Croger was on base all day and played a steady third base
having to move there from center field when starter Brittany Yagoda
got hit in the head during batting practice. Jenny Lowe played a
very solid shortstop and made several key plays as did second baseman
“I told Laura bellamy that I had brown hair
the last time we beat them — and she said, ‘Oh, so then
we’ve never beaten them?’ We hope this will give us
some positive momentum.”