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Diamonds gain split in doubleheader

Defeat Blooming Prairie in first game but lose in second contest

By Kevin Mertens - Staff Writer | Jul 11, 2021

The Blue Earth Diamonds 16/18U softball team traveled to Blooming Prairie on July 1 and split a double header. The Diamonds won the first game 4-2. They were trailing the second game 6-5 when the game was called due to a time limit.

The Diamonds found themselves down 1-0 after the opening inning of the first game when Blooming Prairie scored on a passed ball.

Erika Gaydon’s single in the top of the third inning drove in Blue Earth’s first run of the game. Gaydon would later score on a ground out by Taylor Klabunde. The Diamond’s third run came when Berkley Hagedorn walked and stole second base. She scored on a hit off the bat of Lulu Frank.

Klabunde drove in the final run of the game with a line drive to left field which allowed Gaydon to score.

Gaydon went 3-for-3 at the plate and had three of Blue Earth’s eight stolen bases in the game.

Blooming Prairie 6,

Blue Earth 5

Blooming Prairie, which was the visiting team on the scoreboard for the second game, jumped out to a 4-0 lead in the top of the first inning.

The Diamonds tallied one run in the bottom of the first when Kylee Eckmann walked and later scored on a ground out by McKenna Dutton.

Blooming Prairie had increased their lead to 6-1 by the time Blue Earth came to bat in the bottom of the third inning. The Diamonds were able to score four runs to close the gap with Blooming Prairie leading 6-5. However, the game was called after the third inning because of a time limit.