ORTONVILLE’S VFW WOMENS SOFTBALL TEAM recently completed the 2015 season by competing in the end of the year tournament. They placed second in league and finished with a 14-4 overall record. Team members are pictured above. In front, left to right, are Dara Gibson, Stefanie Haugen, Kayla Sherod, Tyler Peters, Ashley Eastman, Emily Giese and Kayla Findlay. Back row, left to right, are Heidi Meister, Sara Scoblic, Chelsie Letrud, Val Henrichs, Tiffany Giese, Betsy Baldry and Lynelle Dwyer. Not pictured are Clarissa Blake, Taylor Kuechenmeister and Shelby Strei.

Rosen advances to Region Tournament with two wins

The Rosen Express punched their ticket into the Region 9 Tournament this past weekend with wins over Appleton and Minneota.  Having their full complement of players on hand in recent games has been a big reason for their success.  This will be Rosen's first appearance in Region play since 2011.

On Saturday, July 25, Rosen ended Appleton's season with a convincing 11-1 home win.  A six run first inning put the Express well on their way to the victory. Bases on balls and errors plagued Appleton from the get-go.  Leading hitters on the day for Rosen were Brandon Hill with four hits and three runs batted in. Kyle Sachs and Tyler Adelman collected two hits each with Adelman knocking in two runs.

Appleton had several scoring opportunities on the day. However, four double plays turned in by the Express infielders doomed the A's in this game.  This was the first game of the year that Rosen did not commit an error.

Damian Pillatzki picked up the win.  Hill pitched one inning of scoreless relief.

Game Summary:  Rosen - 11 runs, 9 hits, 0 errors and 15 LOB.  Appleton - 1 run, 8 hits, 6 errors and 10 LOB.

On Sunday, July 26, the Express scored five times in the fourth inning and hung on late for a 5-4 home win over the Minneota Mudhens.

The Express put their five runs on the board by cracking out six hits in the inning.  Five different players had runs batted in for Rosen.  The Express offense was led by Travis Radermacher with three hits.  Nathan Nelson hit the stat sheet with two hits.

Minneota scored two unearned runs in the seventh with the help of two Rosen miscues.  It got interesting in the ninth inning as the Mudhen's inched closer by scoring twice.  The tying run was thrown out at the plate by right fielder Dylan Lillejord.  A ground ball to winning pitcher Kyle Sachs ended the game.  Sachs went the entire distance to pick up the win.

Game Summary:  Rosen - 5 runs, 9 hits, 3 errors and 7 LOB.  Minneota - 4 runs, 9 hits, 2 errrors and 8 LOB.

In their first Region game, Rosen will play top-seeded Morris on Saturday, Aug. 1 at 4 p.m. in Rosen.

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