Winona senior Falon Gaede at bat during Monday’s game against Mankato West. Goede had two hits during Winona’s 5-0 win.
Photo by Ben McLeod.
by BEN MCLEOD
The Winona Winhawk softball team is on a roll in this delayed spring, bursting out of the gate to a solid 4-2 for the season. Monday afternoon’s game was another triumphant match-up, with the ‘Hawks handing Mankato West a 5-0 defeat.
Winona set the tone right away with 1-0 in the first inning, and had their 5-0 by the third. Senior Selena Lor (#32) smacked in a nice double in the second, and it was downhill from there for the Scarlets. Mankato West had some trouble in the outfield, allowing Winona to keep setting them up and knocking them down. Mankato West was the 2016 State Champion and the defending Big 9 champs, so Monday’s win is a significant one. “We expect to be able to compete with anyone on any given day,” said Winhawk head coach Scott Halverson. “We aren’t too worried about standings at this point in the season, our goal is simply to get better every day,” he added.
Junior Winhawk pitcher Annika Anderson was on fire, giving up four hits and striking out 14 batters. This is Anderson’s season –– she is currently number one in the state in victories with five games and a respectable 68 strikeouts. With seven games down and a 5-2 record, Winona is looking good in ‘18.
Last weekend’s tournament in Shakopee was a good one for Winona softball, with the Winhawks battling into third with a 2-1, setting back Osseo 9-5 and Owatonna 5-4 in 10 innings. Rosemont secured a 2-12 win against Winona.
“This Saturday we play Park,” said Halverson, “who have been one of the best 4A schools in the state in the past few years. But we’ve beaten them the past two years.” Weather permitting, the Winhawks are on their way.