Cotter’s Allison French goes to bat against Wabasha-Kellogg, who the Ramblers handily defeated with a 10-0 blowout.
Cotter pitcher Isabel Northrup strikes out another Wabasha-Kellogg batter on Monday’s 10-0 shutout.
Cotter tosses Wabasha-Kellogg a 10-0 blow on Monday
by BEN MCLEOD
Cotter’s softball team continues to dominate the Three Rivers Conference at 8-1, logging a single loss in the season against Chatfield last Thursday. On Monday night things were running smoothly as usual, and the Lady Ramblers handed Wabasha-Kellogg a solid 10-0 thumping in five innings.
Josie Huelskamp (12) lead the charge with three hits and two RBIs. Ellie Macal (9) and Isabel Northrup (11) each chalked up two.
The Ramblers can hit, know when to run and their outfield keeps batters nervous and under pressure. But Cotter’s weapon of choice is pitcher Northrup, who threw a two-hit shutout with 10 strikeouts. Sitting in the second place for Cotter batting averages at .483 (as of May 7) would be a solid place for any player to rest. But Northrup is simply one of the best pitchers in the area. With 40 innings pitched this year, she has given up one run. She’s thrown 58 strikeouts, with 43 swinging. Cotter has only allowed seven walks in the season. Northrup is a fan favorite, and each pitch is followed up with a “Good one Izzy” from the spectators.
Cotter’s Lady Ramblers were state champions in 2003 and 2006, when most of the current players were very young. And the season is only about half-way over. But considering that the two closest games that Cotter has played this year both ended 16-2, and their single loss of the season was a 0-1 game, the Ramblers are on course to ramble on to the top.