Benilde-St. Margaret's Sophie Melsness belts a solo home run against St. Anthony Tuesday evening. Melsness scored all three of the Red Knights’ runs in the team’s 3-2 victory over the Huskies. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
After a walk to lead off the first inning for Benilde-St. Margaret’s, Red Knights shortstop Sophie Melsness made it all the way around the bases thanks to a walk, stolen base and error after a stolen base. As she came around to score, Melsness let out a yell of excitement, saying, “Let’s go!”
Benilde-St. Margaret’s was a motivated group and came out Tuesday ready to get back in the win column against a worthy opponent in St. Anthony. The Red Knights accomplished their mission, winning 3-2 and handing the Huskies their first loss of the 2021 season.
The game against St. Anthony was the first for Benilde-St. Margaret’s since a 13-4 loss to Chaska on May 18. Earlier in the season, the Red Knights (13-5, 7-4) defeated the Hawks 12-2 on April 28.
“That was probably our most frustrating loss of the season,” said Red Knights coach Adrian Wagner. “We had to refine things, get healthy. We came out focused and were ready to play.”
Benilde-St. Margaret's pitcher Tibby Stewart throws to first base for an out against St. Anthony Tuesday evening. Stewart struck out 10 batters in the Red Knights’ 3-2 victory over the Huskies. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
After winning each of its first 18 games this season and averaging more than 10 runs per game, St. Anthony is no longer unbeaten. Benilde-St. Margaret’s handed the Huskies their first loss of 2021 as the Red Knights won 3-2 on Tuesday at Benilde-St. Margaret’s High School.
For the Red Knights, ranked No. 8 in the latest Class 3A coaches’ poll, the story of the game at the plate was shortstop Sophie Melsness. In the first inning, Melsness started the rally with a walk. After stealing second and third, she came around and scored after an errant throw in the infield.
In the third inning, she did it again. She came around to score on a wild pitch after a one-out triple for Benilde-St. Margaret’s (13-5, 7-4).
Two innings later, Melsness was causing more problems for St. Anthony as she hit a solo home run to left center field to score her third run of the day.
St. Anthony (18-1, 7-0) scratched across just a pair of runs. The first rally started in the fifth when catcher Rachel Carter reached on a dropped third strike. Thanks to a pair of fielder’s choices, the No. 4-3A Huskies got things going offensively.
Benilde-St. Margaret’s pitcher Tibby Stewart shut down the lethal St. Anthony offense. In a complete-game effort, Stewart picked up the win allowing two runs and three hits while striking out 10.
In the seventh inning, however, the Huskies made the Red Knights sweat a little. Third baseman Tuscany Ballot doubled to open the final inning and came around to score on a stolen base and an error. With two outs, Violet Urdahl reached on an infield single but was stranded there.
St. Anthony's Ellie Peterson (5) throws a pitch against Benilde-St. Margaret’s Tuesday evening. Despite Peterson’s 14 strikeouts, the Huskies fell to the Red Knights 3-2. Photo by Jeff Lawler, SportsEngine
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