Alexandria – 3, Fergus Falls – 1

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[Thursday, May 16, the last regular season home games (oh, we won the 2nd game, too – 10-4) of the year.  It was thus also . . .]

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[Oh, but before we proceed – Dusty Johnson’s predicament on the 6th hole at the Alexandria Golf Club the preceding day.  Yes, that is his ball in the tree . . .]

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[Dusty, of course, is known to many of the ladies as the undefeated singer of the National Anthem at many girls’ hockey games.]

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[AD Hartmann noted at the game that if the Cards won both, and the doubleheader on the road to end the regular season, we would be the No. 1 seed throughout the sections and have all home games!  🙂 ]

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[Thank you, ladies!]

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[Taylor Ellingson was on the mound (or in softball, “the flat”).]

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[Taylor breezed through the 1st inning; Sarah Bruzek got a lead-off single for us in the bottom of the first, but we could tell the Otter pitcher was going to be tough.]

Video of the 1st inning:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yq7WAb7copg

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[Jess Syvrud @ 2nd.  Jess batted 2nd last year; this year she bats clean-up.  She’s a not really very big guard on the basketball team, but she has hit some balls over the fence this year!]

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[Dani Strater @ 1st (well, when she’s not making my chocolate malts at the Northside DQ).]

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[Sarah Bruzek @ 3rd.]

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[“Baby Bruiser” again; I suspect shortstop Danielle Carlson was blocked from my view.]

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[Team meeting after the top of the 1st.  Again, this is to discuss eating arrangements after the game.]

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[Now batting, No. 4, catcher, Emily Kuennen.]

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[Still waiting to see Em really launch one this year.]

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[Nope, not that one.]

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[C’mon pitch, lay one in here.]

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[She’s on first.]

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[The Otter pitcher had good stuff.  Our two runs in the bottom the 2nd were produced without a hit – a couple walks, some fielders’ choices, and probably an error.]

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[Ms. Strater, I presume?]

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[Here comes a hard one . . .]

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[Whaddya think?]

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[Kaila Dewanz, No. 8, playing rightfield on this day, I believe.  She was the accidental major subject of the day, though also being a hockey player probably didn’t hurt.  😉 ]

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[On your mark . . .]

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[Then on 1st base.]

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[Then on 2nd base.]

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[Hmmm, can’t remember what happened to Kaila?  But here we are back in the field again.]

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[This was probably the celebration of the day . . .]

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[We had just ended the inning with a nifty . . .]

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[6 (Danielle) – 4 (Jess) – 3 (Dani) double play!  🙂 ]

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[I took a glance over at the JV game on the adjacent field.  Seemed there was always a lot of cheering with 3rd base coach Mitch Loch waving home runners by the dozen.  The JV won the game 31 – 1.  Not really fun for either team.  It was decided not to play a 2nd game.]

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[Back to the varsity and Rachel Peterson, No. 3.  Rachel was either in leftfield or DHing?]

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[Nice swing!]

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[Taking one the other way?]

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[The dugout, with the ex-coach and state political candidate supporting the fence on the far right.]

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[Why, here’s Ms. Dewanz again!]

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[In my day, the Dark Ages, it was a term of derision to say, “You swing like a girl!”  Now I would consider it the ultimate compliment.]

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[Right on it!]

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[“It’s outa here!”  OK, I don’t really remember.]

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[“Baby Bruiser” has a great power swing.]

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[Roger Riley, Alexandria Golf Club president, appears distracted by events at the JV game.  Roger and the aforementioned Dusty are our designated National Anthem singers.  I wonder how much he paid for that great box seat right behind home plate?]

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[Emily coiled and ready for action.]

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[Em uncoiling.]

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[As I recall, centerfielder Jana Roste hit a good shot here.]

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[Good rip by Dani.]

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[Dani again.  Cards got a tad sloppy in the top of the 7th, allowing the Otters to score their run.  But it looks like we’re ready to make a run in the sections.  The Super Fans left after the 1st game – it was date night, after all!]

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[And the spring sports season winds down . . .]

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