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Titans pick up pair of victories at Okoboji Tournament

By Staff | Jun 26, 2017

GT/RA pitcher Taylor Park makes the tag in time at home plate to get this out against Alta-Aurelia on Friday in Ruthven. Photo by David Swartz

MILFORD – Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire posted a 2-1 record at the Okoboji Tournament on Saturday.

The Titans lost 8-0 to Class 1A No. 5 West Sioux, but came back with an 8-5 win over South O’Brien and a 7-0 win over host Okoboji.

GT/RA mustered just three hits against West Sioux ace Erika McKenna, who finished with eight strikeouts and no walks.

Meanwhile the Falcons had nine hits against the Titan pitchers. Maddy Norris gave up six runs (two earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and one walk in four innings. Taylor Park pitched two innings and gave up two runs on two hits with two strikeouts and two walks.

At the plate, Park and Chloe Bakken each were 1-3 and Kylea Fehr was 1-1.

Against South O’Brien, GT/RA scored six runs in the third inning to pull away to an 8-1 lead. South O’Brien scored in each of the final three innings, but the Titans held.

Norris earned the win. In 5 1/3 innings, she gave up two runs (one earned) on five hits with three strikeouts and no walks. Park closed out the game giving up three runs (one earned) on three hits with three strikeouts and two walks.

At the plate, Madison Hough was 3-4 with a double two RBIs. Norris, Park, Toni Alesch and Bakken each had two hits and Emma Baak and Emily Chicoine each had one. Norris, Park and Alesch each had an RBI. Park had a triple.

Against Okoboji, the Titans jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the first inning and added insurance runs in both the fifth and sixth innings. However, the defense did its job.

Park earned the win as she pitched all seven innings, finishing with three strikeouts while giving up just four hits with no walks.

At the plate, Hough finished 2-2 with three RBIs while Norris, Alesch, Emily Chicoine and Fehr each had a hit. Alesch and Baak each had an RBI.

GT/RA (15-11 overall, 6-4 in the Twin Lakes Conference) is at West Bend-Mallard on Monday. The Titans host Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn in Terril on Tuesday.

Kraemer strikes

out 20 Titans

RUTHVEN – Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire witnessed a rare feat on Friday as Alta-Aurelia’s Abby Kraemer struck out 20 Titans in helping her team to a 10-3 victory.

Kraemer did give up one walk and five walks and hit one batter and a couple passed balls allowed the Titans to score their runs.

The Warriors took an early 1-0 lead after a leadoff single by Brittnay Turnquist, who then stole second, went to third on a groundout and scored on a passed ball.

The Titans came back win the bottom of the first when Toni Alesch reached on a dropped third strike. She stole second and third base before scoring on a passed ball. Taylor Park drew a one-out walk, stole second and came around two score on two passed balls as the Titans took a 2-1 lead. With two outs, Madison Hough came up with GT/RA’s lone hit, a blooper on the right field line behind first base. However, Kraemer’s fourth strikeout of the inning ended the Titans’ inning.

West Sioux tied the game at 2-2 with a solo home run in the third, but went to work in the fourth after a leadoff triple. The Titans struggled to get outs as the Warriors came up with a couple hits, combined with a Titan error to score six runs. GT/RA got one run back in the bottom of the sixth as Chloe Bakken drew a one-out walk, went to second on a passed ball. Hough then grounded back to Kraemer-the first out that wasn’t a strikeout for the Titans-to move Bakken to third. A passed ball allowed Bakken to cut the lead to 8-3.

However, Alta-Aurelia added two runs in the seventh on a solo home run, a double and a single. In the bottom of the seventh, Kyle Fehr led off getting hit by a pitch, but a strikeout, pop up to second base and another strikeout ended the game.

Taylor Park took the loss as she gave up 10 runs (seven earned) on nine hits with one strikeout and four walks.

An easy victory

ROYAL – Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire got back in the win column with a 16-0, four-inning victory over winless Clay Central-Everly.

The Titans scored six runs in the first, a run each in the second and third innings and eight in the fourth inning. GT/RA had 10 hits and drew seven walks in the contest.

At the plate, Anna Sorenson went 2-4 with three RBIs, Toni Alesch and Chloe Bakken each were 2-3 with an RBI and Madison Hough was 2-4 with an RBI. Also, Emma Baak was 1-2 with two RBIs and Kylea Fehr was 1-2 with an RBI. GTRA also stole 11 bases with Kailee Hauge taking three and Sorenson and Emily Chicoine each with two.

On the mound, Maddy Norris pitched a four-hit shutout, striking out four batters and walking none in four innings of work.

SE?Valley rallies past GT/RA

HARCOURT – Nursing a 1-0 lead from the first inning on, Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire couldn’t quite hold on against Southeast Valley on Wednesday.

Southeast Valley tied the game with a solo home run by Jaiden Ackerson in the bottom of the seventh and Ackerson came back around for a walk-off, two-run home run in the eighth inning for the 3-1 victory.

The Titans mustered just six hits on the night with a double by Chloe Bakken driving in Toni Alesch in the first inning. Alesch finished 2-4 while Taylor Park, Anna Sorenson, Bakken and Emma Baak each had a hit.

Maddy Norris pitched 7 2/3 innings giving up three earned runs on five hits with six strikeouts and three walks in the loss.


trounce Titans

TERRIL – Storm Lake outscored Graettinger-Terril/Ruthven-Ayrshire 5-1 in the sixth inning to pull out a 10-5 win over the Titans on Thursday.

GT/RA had just cut the deficit to one, 5-4, after a three-run fifth inning before the Tornadoes’ outburst in the sixth.

Taylor Park took the loss as she pitched 2 1/3 innings, giving up three unearned runs on three hits with two strikeouts and four walks. Maddy Norris pitched 4 2/3 innings, giving up seven runs (one earned) on four hits with six strikeouts and four walks.

At the plate for the Titans, Toni Alesch and Emma Baak each went 2-4 while Norris was 1-3 and Anna Sorenson was 1-4. Park and Baak each had RBIs for the Titans.