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Hot bats back Armbruster's shutout in Faribault win over Mound Westonka

By Adam Holt, SportsEngine, 04/19/19, 9:30AM CDT


The Falcons' senior pitcher McKayla Armbruster threw 10 strikeouts and no walks in six scoreless innings.

McKayla Armbruster (9) led Faribault to a 12-0 non-conference win over Mound Westonka on Friday. Armbruster pitched a six-inning shutout, allowing just six hits and throwing 10 strikeouts. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

There were very high highs and some tough lows over the last six years for McKayla Armbruster. As Faribault’s senior ace pitcher sees her varsity softball career soon coming to a close, she can say she’s seen it all.

Last year was the peak — the 2018 Class 3A state championship, ending a tournament run where Armbruster threw a no-hitter in the state quarterfinals and a one-hitter in the title game.

Zoe Morrissey (32) rounds first base on a three-run double, putting Faribault up 12-0 in the top of the sixth inning. The Falcons would hold the Whitehawks scoreless in the bottom of the inning to finish out the game. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

First report

So far, so good for the reigning Class 3A champions.

Faribault cruised to a 12-0 non-conference victory at Mound Westonka in six innings on run rules Friday, behind a 10-strikeout performance by senior pitcher McKayla Armbruster.

Armbruster allowed six hits in six shutout innings of work. She has yet to walk a batter in 31 innings of work this season.

The Falcons (5-0) scored five in the first inning and added three more in the second on RBI hits by Armbruster and Abby Van Ryn.

Mound Westonka (3-1) put two on with one out in the third inning, but a strikeout and groundout ended the threat.

Up 9-0 in the sixth, Faribault’s Zoe Morrissey had a pinch-hit, three-run double to make it 12-0, and Armbruster worked around three one-out singles in the bottom of the inning to end the game early.

White Hawks senior pitcher Maddy White went six innings, allowing 12 runs on 14 hits and three walks, with four strikeouts. Melissa Drill was 2 for 2 with a pair of singles.

Mound Westonka's Melissa Drill (21) tags out a Faribault runner just off second base. Drill led the Whitehawks batting with two singles and went 2 for 2 on the night. Photo by Cheryl Myers, SportsEngine

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